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Points to Ponder: The Fruit of Our Doings Have Spiritual Roots
Points to Ponder
The Fruit of Our Doings Have Spiritual Roots
We are in difficult times, which seem to be growing more difficult. Institutions in both government and business, which we assumed we could trust, are bankrupt of capital and money, but more tragically of character and morals. Great corporations with solid names and long histories are gone. More are sure to follow. The trust that must exist on all levels for the economy to function is seriously compromised.
Even in the sports world, men who are paid more money in a year than most of us will earn in our working lifetime, are found to be liars; artificially enhancing their power through drugs. I overheard a locker room conversation in which a sports fan justified this rampant lack of integrity among our "heroes" of the ball field. The guy noted that these athletes have to pump up their marketability. Even if they get caught, so what? They still come out with more money in the bank than the commentators who criticize them. Never mind that our children are looking up to these people, wearing team jerseys with their idol's name emblazoned on the back. You gotta do what you gotta do, the man reasoned. Really?
"A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, loving favor rather than silver and gold" (Proverbs 22:1).
Today we may envy people for how much money they make, but what about the person they have become?
As a pastor, I have often said that a church with financial problems usually has a spiritual problem. Spiritual bankruptcy will tend to show up on the balance sheet. Why? Because God owns everything and we are His stewards. This fact is easily proven. When your name appears on a death certificate, it will come off of everything else. Your name will no longer appear on the "owner" line. It means the Lord gives and He also can take away.
Does it matter that our financial troubles may have spiritual roots? Blame the greed of the wealthy all you want, but take notice: compared to billions of others you are wealthy. Maybe you didn't have steak for dinner last night; but you had dinner. You probably haven't missed a meal, gone truly hungry or slept on the street. Truly our troubles are deeper than economic. Consider our nation's reputation around the world. Our enemies on two war fronts are killing our soldiers and bleeding our resources by the billions of dollars. Illegal aliens among us have grown in numbers and influence. We are indebted to atheistic nations to get our economy moving. Where is this all leading us? Read Deuteronomy 28, and ponder some of the symptoms of a nation under a curse.
"The Lord will send on you cursing, confusion, and rebuke in all that you set your hand to do until you are destroyed...because of the wickedness of your doings in which you have forsaken Me" (Deuteronomy 28:20)
"The Lord will cause you to be defeated before your enemies...and you shall become troublesome to all the kingdoms of the earth" (v. 25).
"The alien who is among you shall rise higher and higher above you, and you shall come down lower and lower" (v. 43).
"He shall lend to you, but you shall not lend to him; he shall be the head, and you shall be the tail" (v. 44).
We so readily sing, "God Bless America" and most truly believe He has. That being said, is it not possible for God to curse America as well? Am I saying He has? I'm simply saying read His word and ask Him. Think about it. Pray about it.
"We have grown in numbers, wealth and power, as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God... Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us!
"It behooves us then, to humble ourselves...to confess our national sins, and to pray for clemency and forgiveness."
From Abraham Lincoln's Proclamation appointing a National Fast Day, March 30, 1863.
Points to Ponder is a series of occasional articles written by Rev. Dennis Whitmore, Pastor of Hilltop Christian Fellowship of Clear Spring, MD. These articles (and sermons) are also found at www.hilltopchristianfellowship.com. Listen to Pastor Dennis on WJEJ-1240 AM, Tues and Thurs, at 10:45am.
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