This is a re-post with a few added details. This post was written April 2009.
As I sit to write about the role prosperity plays in the moral decline of a county, I am very much aware of the fact that in this area I struggle. Not with morality per se but with apathy. I can be lulled to sleep by prosperity and in turn become complacent and indifferent to the social injustices taking place within our culture.
I don't think that I am the only one.
We are facing unprecedented change on the home front. Democracy is being threatened by immorality, prosperity, globalization and socialism. Policies are being changed daily to be more like the nations around us. We are seeing cultural Marxism in the form of political correctness. We are seeing the beginnings of socialism in the form of Healthcare Reform. We are looking more and more to Europe and a one worldcollective government to fight our financial battles. With the markets falling throughout the world we are seeing a push for a collective plan of action to stimulate the economy. We are hearing more talk of a one world currency. We are seeing the leaders of the nations want more of a universal collective government and Healthcare system.
What disturbs me most about all of this is that people don't seem to notice or care as long as our economy is on the rebound. We are daily watching the stock markets to determine if the policies being promoted are for our good or demise. We are looking at opinion polls and approval numbers most of which are directly affected by the market numbers. We are crossing our fingers and hoping for the best. The sad thing is that behind the curtain of prosperity a social war is waging! A war that threatens to devour the family and our religious freedoms.
I want to begin by looking at the LORD's command to the Israelites in Deuteronomy and then take some time looking at the reasons for this command.
"You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart with all your soul and with all your might. These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart.You shall teach them DILIGENTLY to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up. Then it shall come about when the LORD your God brings you into the land which He swore to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, to give you, great and splendid cities which you did not build, and houses full of all good things which you did not fill and hewn cisterns which you did not dig, vineyards and olive trees which you did not plant and you eat and are satisfied, then watch yourself, that you do not forget the LORD who brought you from the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. You shall fear ONLY the LORD your God; and you shall worship Him and swear by His name. You shall not follow other gods, any of the gods of the peoples who surround you, for the LORD your God is a jealous God. Deuteronomy 6: 5-7,10-13
God knows that with prosperity comes the temptation to forget the LORD and his commands. He also knows that we were created to worship and if we are not worshiping Him then we are worshiping a lie and a delusion. He knows that anything we worship other than Himself will eventually destroy us. We as a culture have fallen prey to the idol of prosperity. We have forgotten His commands and have turned aside His truths. We have traded the truth of God for a lie.
I know this is a daily battle for me. Looking to the pleasures of this world to keep me comfortable. I have become more focused on temporal things than eternal things. I have become busy with life and my agenda. I look to entertainment for escape and have developed an attitude of not wanting to be bothered.
I don't think that I am the only one. I think our country has developed this same mentality. Secure my finances so that I don't have to be bothered. Go fight the battle for me so that I can pursue my personal pleasures. The end justifies the means. If we ignore it maybe it will go away. What real difference can I make?
Let's go back to the times of the Judges. The Bible tells us that after the courageous generation came a generation that did not KNOW God nor the things He had done for Israel. So, it appears the Israelites did not heed the warning to teach their children TRUTH. It appears that once settled in the promise land, a land of prosperity the Israelites pursued a life of pleasure instead of a life of devotion to the God of their fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. In the end, God's chosen people, the people called by his name, followed after other gods and became like the nations around them.
Is America doing the same?
This very nation was founded by men who loved God with all of their heart, soul, and might. They founded this country and wrote our constitution from the perspective of a Biblical Worldveiw, one that said, the rights of man do not come from the State. Their rights come from their Creator (The Truth Project).
This country was founded on the truth of Isaiah 3:22, The Lord is our judge, lawgiver and king. This truth represents our 3 branches of government.(The Truth Project)
Since, the First Amendment Revisions of the 1960's, we have seen what our forefather's put in the constitution to protect our religious freedoms being reinterpreted to limit our freedoms. We see this most within the school system. Kids are growing up in the age of historical revisionism that takes God out of our heritage. Therefore, generations are growing up not knowing about God nor what he has done for this country.
We have looked to State to teach our children their history and their morality. We are now seeing the repercussions of the 1960's revisions; generations that have grown up with no moral foundation and an obstructive view of history. If, in fact, only a virtuous people can remain free how much longer can freedom last? If there is no absolute truth than what is virtue?
We are living in interesting times!
Remember the height from which you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place. Revelation 2:5