It may sound unbelievable, but in a world that will no longer listen there are people today who really want to hear the Christian gospel, leaders who want the discipline of a Christian social order, academics who crowd the lecture theaters to have the Christian message explained, and ordinary folk in Eastern Europe who want to listen to the message of hope banned by the Soviet government for 70 years.
The lifting of that ban is a miraculous answer to the united prayers of all the Christian churches. Nothing but God’s hand could have brought the sudden and total collapse of that seemingly all-powerful, tyrannical, and anti-Christian Soviet superpower.
The end of the story?
But that is not the end of the story. Hundreds of millions are now trying to build societies like ours, based on democracy, the rule of law, and religious liberty, and their fate depends on us.
The recent bloodshed in Moscow proves that Americans and Europeans cannot sit idly on the sidelines as Russians and others struggle to put democratic institutions in place. Democracy is not built in a day, or without much help.
If we do not give effective economic aid to underpin the efforts of reformers to create a free society, these new democracies will certainly fail.
The NATO powers spent $300 billion a year to win the Cold War, and, to match that, the Soviets were forced to divert over half of their industrial production to defense, a burden that finally broke their economy.
The Russian economy remains broken. The new rulers have neither the money nor the management to convert the great arms plants to civilian production. The Communist party, which alone controlled the economy, has been abolished, so there is no coherent organization to put it together again. And ...1
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