23rd April 2018

The War On Cash 

“He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, slave or free, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their forehead, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.”
Revelation 13:16-17 (NKJV) 

For centuries humanity has used cash or cheques to conduct trade whether buying a newspaper, a meal in a restaurant or a piece of furniture. So it was difficult to make sense of this scripture in Revelation. How could a government or power restrict an individual from buying or selling?

But, just over 50 years ago, the first credit card was launched in the UK. Since then we have moved to contactless credit cards where we pay small amounts, currently up to £30.00, by waving our card at a machine. Unlike cash, every card transaction is electronically recorded and therefore traceable and controllable. Hence governments and banks love credit and debit cards but hate cash.

The EU is not printing any more 500 euro notes. In India the government has withdrawn high value notes from circulation while Sweden is also moving fast to become a cashless society. Since 2014 London buses no longer accept cash and the London underground is fast heading the same way. You can even pay by mobile phone in some countries in Africa. In some countries the big credit card companies are offering cash lump sums for retail shops to stop taking cash and only allow payment by card.

Most governments, cheered on by their central banks, are now looking at how to create a cashless economy. Think about the control that would give a power crazed dictator, or government, over its population’s current freedom to buy and sell. Think about how it could isolate any group that opposed it, including Christians, with the power to control every transaction.

Cash transactions are anonymous and therefore a vital part of our freedom in our daily lives. How quickly will the cashless society become reality? We don’t know but it may be quicker than we think, and then that scripture in Revelation could become a real problem in our daily lives! Credit and debit cards are designed to be easy and convenient to use and are a part of our everyday life, but never forget the value and freedom of using cash.

Prayer
Father, let us not fear the future because of our faith and trust in you, but be aware that trials and tribulations
may come in ways we do not expect. In Jesus name we pray.
Amen
 

Study by Keith Hartrick

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About the Author:
Keith Hartrick is an Elder in Grace Communion Church – Leeds, and serves on the Church Council there.

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion – Leeds
Garden Village Welfare Association Community Centre
Pendas Way
LEEDS
LS15 8LE

Meeting Time:
Saturday 2PM

Local Congregational Contact:
Malcolm Arnold
Phone: 01484-312347
Email: malcolm701@googlemail.com

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