... which were men that had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do ...
B8, many things are different between the Great Depression and our possible near-future. First, the status of the United States is different now in terms of international impact. Second, apathy, selfishness, and a big lack of work ethic are much more common today. The understanding of law and our place under it and our place under our Creator are also different today. We truly are living in difficult times for the United States.
Yet what should we do? The system is working like it was designed. As a whole, we are getting what we voted for because of the individuals we selected to represent us. So in terms of my US citizenship, I am troubled.
However, in terms of my Kingdom citzenship, I am very optimistic. I see the great potential for the People of God to be that shining light (not a revolting and seceding people). The US government can give instant gratification with huge consequences; the People of God can share eternal hope at no cost. At the same time, the People of God can fill the physical need with no strings attached.
As Christians, we are to be the salt of the world not oils that are quick to separate. We should be praying for the revitalization of the church in the US. We should also be praying for the strength that will be needed to face these difficult times.