My husband and I believe America has lost its way. I see so much pride, division, financial fear, and greed that I wonder if we can even recover. How can an individual make a difference?
Overwhelmed by America’s Decay
You, like so many others, are expressing a sense of gloom that has come over the nation. As believers, we are inwardly groaning at what we see happening to the nation that once stood as a beacon of light to a dark world. And your concerns are reflected in the data.
According to findings in a recent survey by the Wall Street Journal, traditional or core American values are declining, while the value placed on money is increasing:
The loss of values that unite and the increase in the value placed on money are dangerous trends. Most tension, family friction, strife, anger, and frustration are caused directly or indirectly by money. Christians have access to Biblical financial principles, but do we implement them? Many do not—either by choice or ignorance.
Love Is Not Proud
C.S. Lewis called pride “the great sin.” He said, “Pride is spiritual cancer: it eats up the very possibility of love, or contentment, or even common sense.”
If we humble ourselves before the Lord, individuals can make a difference, and God has given us clear instructions on what we are to do!
God is love and desires that we use what He provides, whether great or small, to love Him and others. Jesus said, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” (Luke 10:27 ESV) This applies to every area of our lives—even finances. Do you know anyone who models this well? If not, can I challenge you to become that person? The world needs examples!
Below are three ways you can begin to make a difference.
Financially Love Your Family
No matter how much our culture drifts away from God, we are to care for the needs of our families. This includes their financial, spiritual, and emotional needs:
Financially Love Your Church
We can plug into our local, Bible-believing, gospel-centered church and support its mission and programs. Change happens in community, and the church was created to strengthen one another as we serve others in love:
Financially Love Your Neighbors
We are to care for one another in word, deed, and dollars:
America Is Not Our Home
The core problem is that the world has been ravaged by sin since Adam and Eve disobeyed God’s commands. We need personal redemption from the sin that has controlled us and a kind and generous heart toward those who remained trapped in the darkness.
While we are blessed to live in America, I am constantly reminded that it is only our temporal home. Let’s do all we can to be salt and light until our journey here is complete.
The Crown God Is Faithful devotional can offer some inspiring and practical Biblical wisdom in such uncertain times. You can subscribe to receive daily devotionals that will not only help transform your finances but will also provide much-needed encouragement. May it be a blessing!
This article was originally published on The Christian Post on April 21, 2023.
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