I’ve really enjoyed Joel Rosenberg’s fiction books (end-time prophecy that’s much more interesting than The Left Behind series), so Implosion was definitely on my radar the past few months. After traveling to Cambodia twice in the past few years, it’s not hard for me to have negative thoughts and opinions on the American culture and its future. Thankfully, that’s what this book is strictly about. Are we headed down an irreversible slope, or could America do as it has done before and pull themselves out of a time of chaos and depression?
What I appreciate about the first two chapters of this book is that Joel has done a tremendous job in gathering thoughts from both left and right-winged politicians (and everywhere between). The sad part? People from both sides recognize that things aren’t going well for this free country. Here are two prime examples that Joel uses to show that this country is in serious trouble.
Mark Steyn (in After America: Get Ready for Armageddon) takes a look at our growing debt problem by saying “Usually, when you’re in a hole, it’s a good idea to stop digging. But, seemingly, to get out of the Bush hole, we needed to dig a hole twice as deep.” Analyzing the CBO projections for net interest payments on U.S. federal debt, Sten writes that by 2050, “if the trajectory holds, we’ll be spending more than the planet’s entire military budget on debt interest.”
Fareed Zakaria (in The Post-American World: Release 2.0) notes “The tallest building in the world is now in Dubai. The world’s richest man is Mexican, and its largest publicly traded company is Chinese. The world’s biggest plane is built in Russia and Ukraine, its leading refinery is in India, and its largest factories are all in China. By many measures, Hong Kong now rivals London and New York as the leading financial center, and the United Arab Emirates is home to the most richly endowed investment fund. Once quintessentially American icons have been appropriated by foreigners. The world’s largest Ferris wheel is in Singapore. Its number one casino is not in Las Vegas but in Macao, which has also overtaken Vegas in annual gambling revenues. The biggest movie industry, in terms of both movies made and tickets sold, is Bollywood, not Hollywood. Even shopping, America’s greatest sporting activity, has gone global. Of the top ten malls in the world, only one is in the United States; the world’s biggest is in Dongguan, China. Such lists are arbitrary, but it is striking that twenty years ago, America was at the top of many, if not most, of these categories.”
What I appreciate most about Joel in these first two chapters is that his faith in Jesus Christ is the center of his worldview. As an American-born Christian Jew, he doesn’t seem anxious. That might be why I appreciate him the most. I see a genuine faith and confidence in Christ that I don’t see from most preachers on Sundays. He knows that God has this world in His hand. Even though the future here on earth continues to get darker, he’s able to look forward to tomorrow because he is anticipating eternity. After going through a few months of the worst anxiety I’ve ever experienced, that’s something that really speaks to me. Hopefully you’ll grab the book and let it speak to you as well. Visit Joel’s site and blog online.