If you were to count 1 billion seconds backwards, the year would be 1978. A billion minutes ago, the Roman Empire was doling out free wine and free food to every Roman citizen over the age of 14... male, of course. The Roman Empire lasted for another few centuries until 476 when Odoacer the German deposed Romulus Augustus and that was the end of the western Roman Empire. Ten billion seconds ago give or take a few years, King Tut had just been murdered; and God was about to call Moses to "Set My people free." That was only 3,330 years ago. One Trillion seconds ago, was 33,300 years ago. The dawn of man hadn't crested the horizon yet.
One billion seconds is 33.3 years. One trillion seconds is 1,000 times that or 33,300 years.
Now that it's all in perspective... fast forward to 2011 and we can see things haven't changed much at all except Congress is now debating trillions of dollars instead of billions. I've posted this before, but I truly do not think anyone can possibly grasp how much $1 billion is much less $14.5 + trillion which happens to be our national debt at 10:19 pm on July 23, 2011.
It would take longer to count to 1 billion because most of the numbers take longer to say than one second. Perhaps about 95 years to count to one trillion... say 485,732,394,723 real fast, three times. That's only 485+ billion.
It would take three 18-wheeler trailers jam packed to the top to carry 1 billion dollars in $100 dollar bills.
Now, your great aunt Bertha died and left you $1 billion dollars but you must spend $1000 per day or you lose everything... do you have enough days left in your lifetime to spend it all? How long does it take to spend $1 billion dollars if you spend $1000 per day, which would be $30,000 + per month?
It would take 2,740 years to spend that much money.
But, our Legislators spend far more than that every day... they spend your entire inheritance PLUS some in one day. That's scary.
We live in the land of milk and honey and it is down right scary that Congress doesn't seem to bat an eyelash at the national debt. The day I graduated from college back in December '05, my part of the national debt was $26,000 ... just a year later it was $28,351. Today my part (and yours each) of the national debt is
The national debt is increasing $1.72 Billion per day. Kinda makes me sick at my stomach, actually.
One billion seconds ago, I had graduated from High School and was a freshman in college. The national debt was
In 2006 the national debt was
On July 23, 2011 at 10:29 pm the national debt is
$14,529,632,000,000 in less than a minute it jumped $500,000.
We are spending $500,000 per minute in this country of milk and honey. How long will it take for the cow to run dry and the bees can't make enough to satisfy even the leanest request for a taste?
What part of STOP SPENDING is not comprehensible?
The very name entitlement gets my bile rising. No one is entitled to anything unless they work for it. Social Security and Medicare for senior citizens is a must since they have paid all their lives into the fund. (Me included.) But there is enough fat on the steak it can be trimmed completely and we'll still have enough fat marbled in the muscle to show we're still not a lean, mean working machine.
That is a Biblical principle that worked well for Paul and the Apostles and it should work well for us. But, like the Romans, we've become too fat and lazy to work for our supper. We want to hold out our hands and expect the gold to fall into our palms. Unfortunately, if we are not careful, like the Romans, our money will begin to be monopoly money and the free wine and free bread along with the daily free ham will drain us all dry. Once the masses are deprived of their freebies, they get really nasty. I'm wondering if that isn't happening already. I haven't noticed any belt-cinching since the war in Iraq or since Katrina, but the money pool is not as full as it once was.
However, as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord and render to Uncle Sam what is Uncle Sam's and render to God what is God's. That has worked really well so far. God promises something beautiful when we bring the tithes into the storehouse. He wants us to test Him, try Him, prove Him and the blessings, unmeasured blessings He will pour out on us.