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Shocking tent city in NJ

The UK Daily Mail does a good job of keeping up on news from the United States. Better than even the United States media.

The Tent City of New Jersey: Desperate victims of the economic slump forced to live in makeshift homes in forest
In scenes reminiscent of the Great Depression these are the ramshackle homes of the desperate and destitute U.S. families who have set up their own 'Tent City' only an hour from Manhattan.
More than 50 homeless people have joined the community within New Jersey's forests as the economic crisis has wrecked their American dream. And as politicians in Washington trade blows over their country's £8.8 trillion debt, the prospect of more souls joining this rag tag group grows by the day. Building their own tarpaulin tents, Native American teepees and makeshift balsa wood homes, every one of the Tent City residents has lost their job."

The photos are amazing, the Daily Mail really does a good job with pictures. I feel for the people who have been affected and are reduced to living under tarps, exposed to the weather, and scrounging for food. These statistics from The Economic Collapse Blog show that this kind of living standard awaits many more of us:

"At this point, there is no solution to our national debt problem under our current financial system. Most state governments are also facing huge financial problems. The state government of Illinois is so broke at this point that it can't even afford to bury the poor people that are dying. But Illinois is not alone. All over the country, state and local governments have been implementing austerity measures. According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, state and local governments have slashed more than half a million jobs since August 2008."

There are more statistics at the link that paint a bleak economic picture for the near term. But for Christians the near term looks very bright. GLORIOUSLY bright! Our Lord and Savior, who loves us, will come down from His abode in heaven, issue a shout, and we shall rise, the dead and the living, to meet Him in the air. (1 Thess 4:17; 1 Cor 15:52). You can be part of this grand reunion as well. All you have to do is confess your sins to the Lord, for He is righteous judge, and ask Him to pardon you, for He is merciful judge. Your sins will be forgiven and forgotten, and you can be part of the wonderful Marriage Supper of the Lamb, a banquet of cleansed saints and our Groom, Jesus. It is up to you, for He is kind Judge, allowing you to choose Him, and not forcing Himself upon you. You won't get the same treatment from satan.