About Jesus - Steve Sweetman
Creation Of National Wealth
Deuteronomy 8:10 through 20 God reminded Israel
to obey Him when it became wealthy, and why?
ever forgot God it would claim its wealth
was a product of its "own power and strength."
Deuteronomy 8:17 reads:
"You may say
to yourself, 'My power and the strength of my hands have produced this
wealth for me.'"
the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you the ability to produce
fact that Israel's accumulated wealth was a product of God's ingenuity and not its
ingenuity is relevant for our once Biblical influenced western nations.
the Reformation of the sixteenth century western culture has affirmed its
Christian values. Unlike those
nations that did not embrace the Reformation, I believe the West,
including America, has been blessed with wealth because of its adherence to these Christian
values. Most American
Christians would agree with me on that point.
Founded upon, or at least influenced by Christian values, America
has become wealthy. If indeed
of old, the West is forgetting, or has already forgotten, God and its
Biblically influenced roots. Generally
and culturally speaking, the West, including America, no longer attributes its wealth to the Lord, but to its own ability and
ingenuity. I am sure you have
heard the words "American ingenuity."
I believe that proves my point.
8:19 and 20 state the fate of a nation that rejects God by forgetting
where its wealth originated. The text reads:
"If you ever
forget the LORD your God and follow other gods and worship and bow down to
them, I testify against you today that you will surely be destroyed. Like
the nations the LORD destroyed before you, so you will be destroyed for
not obeying the LORD your God."
admonition was a solemn warning to