A recent Gallup Poll of U.S. adults indicate that voters’ two most important issues in our next presidential election are the economy (92%) and jobs (89%). Economists now predict that Obama will leave office with an accomplishment of being the first U.S. president to only achieve a 3% economic growth during all of his eight years in office!
Our present anemic growth is dire news with only 38,000 jobs created in May and spells big trouble for Hillary Clinton who will be running on Obama’s economic record. The economy has created, on average, a million jobs a year under Obama but needs about 1.8 million annually just to employ our new graduates.
The economic facts show that the median household income has remained virtually unchanged since 2000. About 14.8 million Americans have left the workforce since Obama took office. Healthcare costs under Obama have risen 150% since 2009. Student loan debt has jumped by nearly 70% under Obama.
There are plenty of other worrisome signs that the economy isn’t rebounding normally. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the number of Americans living in poverty has jumped from 39.8 million in 2008 to 46.7 million today. Since Obama took office, 12.4 million Americans have joined the food stamp rolls, and the workforce participation rate has fallen to its lowest level since March 1978. When Obama took over, our Federal national debt was $10.6 trillion, and now it is $19.5 trillion.
Obama’s defenders point out that the economy has created millions of jobs during his tenure. But the facts are that most of these jobs were generated in the health sector that was adapting to Obama’s reforms. Experts warn that if healthcare costs continue to rise, there will be massive layoffs in that industry! Like it or not, Hillary will be running on Obama’s economic record.
Like it or not, each person will stand before God at the final judgment on their individual record! Some day we shall all stand before God to be judged, and in that day, John described the events that will happen. “The books were opened, and another book was opened, which is the Book of Life” (Rev. 20:12). This is an accurate record by an infallible God, and there will be no possibility for “juggling” of books nor any manipulation of accounts to cover our mistakes like many corrupt politicians try to do.
It is a wonderful thing to know that the names of the saved are written in such a permanent record book and that God keeps the records! Because the names of the saved are in the Book of Life (Ex. 32:32; Phil. 4:3; Luke 10:17-20), it follows that those whose names are not in that book will be lost. “And if any was not found written in the Book of Life, he was cast into the lake of fire” (Rev. 20:15).
Entries in this “Book of Life” are only for those who are saved from sin. Therefore, you must meet God in obedience to His gospel, if you are to be enrolled there! God’s plan of salvation is very clear: Hear (Rom. 10:17), Believe (Mark 16:16), Repent (Acts 2:38), Confess (Rom. 10:10), be Baptized (Acts 2:38), and remain faithful (Rev. 2:10). Also, one can have his name blotted out of the Book of Life if he/she is overcome by sin (Rev. 3:4-5).
It is only through obedience to Him that the pages of His book are open tous (I Peter 1:22). There are many who claim to love Jesus but ignore the test that He gave: “If you love me, ye will keep my commandments” (John 14:15). Like it or not, we will stand on our own record at the day of Judgment (II Cor. 5:10).