A recent conversation with my daughter was brought to mind by the defense of Stephen before the Sanhedrim, in particular a comment by Matthew Henry illuminating that defense.

A recent conversation with my daughter was brought to mind by the defense of Stephen before the Sanhedrim, in particular a comment by Matthew Henry illuminating that defense.


"And what need is there of so much ado, as if their ruin, when they bring it upon themselves by sin, must be the ruin of the world, and of all God’s interests in it?"


That statement could easily be applied to the United States today. The attitude of the leaders of this nation are remarkably similar to those of the Jewish leadership of Jesus’ day. Our leaders believe the health of the rest of the world depends on us.


The collapse of the G7 or even the G20 nations would have little if any impact on the rest of the world. I am certain that no one else in this or any of the neighboring cities sees God the way I do. My daughter said as much.


My reply to her? "I’m not trying to convince you to believe what I believe. I simply want you to study the Bible and decide for yourself without taking anyone else’s word."


Anyone can do that. It must be studied from cover to cover with no exclusions. Get a Bible dictionary and a commentary. I recommend The Believer’s Bible Commentary by William MacDonald; however, I believe if you are impartially seeking God any commentary will suffice.


The United States is at a crossroads. I majored in economics in college and was a bank examiner during the Southwest Banking Crisis of the ’80s. This economy could easily collapse before the end of the day. This nation and its leaders are fighting God. No one ever did that and prospered. The seeds of our destruction have been sown, and we are not in control.


Dennis Garland


Sherman