The Iowa's caucuses hold tomorrow Thursday January 3, 2008, kicking off the race towards choosing the next President of the United States, the next leader of the western world - perhaps the most powerful man in the world. Just so you know, what happens in Iowa tomorrow affects you no matter your neck of the wood.
According to the International Monetary Fund, the US GDP of more than $13 trillion constitutes over 19% of the gross world product, the largest national GDP in the world. The United States is the largest importer of goods and second largest exporter. The US is the third largest producer of oil in the world, and its largest consumer. It is the world's number one producer of electrical and nuclear energy, as well as liquid natural gas, aluminum, sulfur, phosphates, and salt.
The United States has vast economic, political, and military influence on a global scale, which makes its foreign policy a subject of great interest around the world. In 2005, the United States spent $27.3 billion on official development assistance, the most in the world. On the other hand, US nongovernmental sources such as private foundations, corporations, and educational and religious institutions donated $95.5 billion. The total of $122.8 billion is again the most in the world and seventh in terms of GNI percentage. Outside of the American homeland, the U.S. military is deployed to 770 bases and facilities, on every continent except Antarctica. U.S. military spending in 2006, over $528 billion, was 46% of the entire military spending in the world and greater than the next fourteen largest national military expenditures combined.
Friends we are at the valley of decision. No man or woman can afford to sit still, stand aloof, or remain indifferent. This is not simply the American cup of tea, it is the world's as well. It is about a roof over your head, food on your table, and clothe on your back. The man who is given the key to the White House also pulls the strings of the world's economy. The man who commands the world's largest military determines the peace in your home front.
I urge you all, to please pray for the American people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks to God for them. Pray this way as they choose their president and all in authority so that the whole world can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity. This is good and pleases God our Savior, who wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth.