Economic Freedom Without Religious Freedom?
Economic freedom is frequently assumed to be a given right in America and most of the developed world. It’s proven to be the most effective means for stimulating human flourishing.
Is economic freedom possible without religious freedom? A recent study by a research professor revealed that religious liberty is a prerequisite to economic freedom. The professor used a sample of more than 140 countries over 20 plus years. The results show that improvements in religious liberty pre-date improvements in economic freedom. The study shows that the freedom to worship God as we choose is declining in many developed nations. In the past ten years, it dropped nearly 30% in the U.S. The logical conclusion to the study is that if we lose religious freedom then economic freedom will soon follow.
Nations change but thankfully God does not. We face financial risks, evil, and threats to freedom on all sides, but we can confront them with wisdom, courage, and faith. Like Joshua, we must “be strong and courageous” as we face the “giants” in our land. Our hope should not be rooted in America, but in God – the one capable of bringing about lasting change. So pray for religious freedom around the globe as you remember this promise: “… this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. ‘The Lord is my portion,’ says my soul, ‘therefore I will hope in him.’” (Lamentations 3:21-24)
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