Kingdom Economics: Becoming Contagious for His Glory

by | Sep 13, 2022 | Faith, Family & Relationships, Leadership & Mentoring, Spirit-Led Living

Economic contagion is the situation where adverse economic events in a particular economy or region spreads to other economies or regions. A contagion can occur at the domestic or international levels.

Essentially all markets are connected through profits of multinational companies, labor, exchange markets, capital goods, monetary policies and a host of supply chain and logistical issues.

The economic crisis in Europe could cause a global recession. Europe’s economic problems center on high energy prices and concerns about availability this winter, falling real income and living standards, inflation above 9%, a likely record 0.75% hike in interest rates, high governmental spending and social unrest.

The EU’s war on fossil fuel is part of the problem. The Russian war compounded the problem, but energy prices were high in Europe before the war. As one of the largest trading blocks in the world, Europe’s economic problems will be felt in Asia, the Middle East, North America and Africa.

China also is facing severe economic issues. Some of China’s problems include widespread drought, which is creating hydroelectric shortages, supply chain issues, a zero COVID policy which has locked down more than 120 million people in the last eight weeks, a collapsing real estate market due to excessive borrowing and widespread youth unemployment. As the second largest economy which has supply chain linkages across most of the world, Chinese economic problems will have impacts throughout the world.

Politicians throughout the world have already begun to talk about reducing global linkages and trade to protect domestic workers and industries. Reducing international linkages would be a mistake. More than 20% of US growth over the past 20 years, has been the result of world trade. However, fair trading policies, intellectual and trade secret protections and human rights issues should always be promoted. Free trade betters all countries involved, but does increase contagion risks.

The word contagion is often thought of as a disease easily transmitted by contact, or an incident in which an infectious disease is transmitted. However, contagion can also be defined as the communication of an attitude or emotional state among several people. The word contagion is not found in the Bible. But contagion is often described in the Bible through the words spread, grew, adding and similar words.

Our Lord was contagious. The news about Him spread throughout Syria and they brought the sick, demon possessed and paralyzed and He healed them (Matt. 4:24).  Jesus brought the synagogue official’s daughter back to life and the news spread throughout the land (Matt. 9:18-31).  When Jesus resisted the temptations in the wilderness and returned in the power of the Spirit, news about Him spread throughout the region (Luke 4:14). If we imitate Jesus, we can become contagious too, for His glory.

The early church believers were also contagious. Peter took his stand, raised his voice and declared the gospel—3,000 souls were baptized (Acts 2:41). Paul and Barnabas spoke out boldly and the scriptures say the Word of the Lord was being spread throughout the whole region (Acts 13:44-49). Philip was preaching the word in Samaria to much rejoicing when an angel told him to leave and go on the road to Gaza. He led an Ethiopian eunuch to Christ who brought the gospel to an entire country. If other believers can be contagious, so can we.

Attitudes and emotional states, in opposition to kingdom principles, can also spread supernaturally. Our enemy is always at work. Today’s social media, movies, songs, videos, a restraint-free internet and many institutions can spread an anti-gospel message and promote anti-Christian, attitudes, beliefs and strongholds. We need to speak up, to be bold, to pray and do all in our power to promote God’s way.

The world is having its share of contagions, and not just the pandemic kind. We have been given the ability, the means and the capacity to return this culture to Christ. All we need is the will. We have not been given a spirit of timidity, but of power, and love, and discipline (2 Tim. 1:7). Joshua was told seven times to be strong and courageous. Perhaps, we need to remember the injunction to Joshua.

Our enemy is not flesh and blood. Our enemy has already been defeated. We have already overcome. We need our actions to line up with spiritual reality. Let us resolve to be contagious messengers for the kingdom.

“By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God; and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God, … You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world. They are from the world; therefore, they speak as from the world, and the world listens to them. We are from God,” (1 John 4:1-6a, NASB 2020).

James R. Russell is a professor of economics at Oral Roberts University.


Stay up-to-date with current issues, Christian teachings, entertainment news, videos & more.

The latest breaking Christian news you need to know about as soon as it happens.

Prophetic messages from respected leaders & news of how God is moving throughout the world. 


Mario Murillo Sends Special Urgent Message to Kingdom Leaders

Mario Murillo Sends Special Urgent Message to Kingdom Leaders

Attention. Several hundred leaders are registered for our special brunch on Saturday, Oct. 1 at 10 a.m. Seats are filling up and we must give our host a final number of meals to prepare. Please do not wait. Make your reservation now for this free brunch. I have a very...

How to Position Yourself to Receive the Issachar Anointing

How to Position Yourself to Receive the Issachar Anointing

The key to being positioned to receive the Issachar anointing has to do with timing and seasons. Those who carry the Issachar anointing understand the times and seasons we are in. They have discernment and knowledge, enabling them to lead well. They seek the wisdom of...

An Unborn Baby’s Heart Is Beating—Stop Denying It

An Unborn Baby’s Heart Is Beating—Stop Denying It

Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams turned heads last week in Atlanta when she defiantly announced during a political event that an unborn baby doesn’t have a heartbeat at six weeks gestation. “There is no such thing as a heartbeat at six weeks,” said...

Prophecy: We Are in a Season of Blessings

Prophecy: We Are in a Season of Blessings

We are kingdom citizens, and not of this world. We don’t abide by this world’s economy and the natural things that happen. Repeatedly, over the last four weeks, I’ve been hearing not to look at the circumstances of this world. We are not of this world. Get your eyes...

What Praises of Thanksgiving Mean for Your Soul

What Praises of Thanksgiving Mean for Your Soul

We tend to think of gratitude as an obligation as opposed to a weapon of warfare. A nicety, not a ferocious force for transformation. We are wrong. From our earliest days we are trained that polite people say “thank you.” Certainly, this is true and proper. Those of...


Why God is Laughing at Their World Domination Plans

They will make the greatest bid for world domination in history. It is no longer just armies that threaten freedom—it is corporations and corrupt politicians. I believe that evil in all of its vile...
The Power of a Generational Vision for Your Family

The Power of a Generational Vision for Your Family

Have you noticed that no matter how good you’re doing, trouble always seems to come? Trouble is not an “if” in life. It’s a “when.” Trouble may come in finances, a diagnosis, a family problem or even a season of hardship. But understand this: there is more than one...

Dr. Alveda King’s Urgent Message for Christians

Dr. Alveda King’s Urgent Message for Christians

On Sept. 1 President Joe Biden took the stage in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and called MAGA Americans a "threat to democracy." He emboldened Americans to join him in defending democracy against the millions of people who support President Donald Trump. After listening...


Pin It on Pinterest