About Jesus - Steve Sweetman
was a dimly lit underground parking garage in Roslyn, Virginia, a Washington
often wonder what I might see if the secret sins of those pursuing
prominence were exposed for all to see.
I imagine seeing lots of money, sex, and compromise. Every
bribe, every sexual favour, and every compromise gets the pursuer to
prominence one step closer of supremacy.
live in a hedonistic, self gratification, narcissistic western world where
money doesn't only drive our economy; it drives many of our political
decisions. Why has Western
Europe been soft on Russia? It's because Europe buys 80%
of its oil from
did the West, especially America, become so wealthy in the first place?
It's my opinion, at least in part; it was due to the West embracing
the Christian Reformation of the 16th century.
I understand that the Enlightenment and the Industrial Revolution
had a part to play in this, but it was the Reformation that provided the
seeds of freedom that I believe inspired human creativity that sprouted
into prosperity. If this is an
accurate assessment, then what will happen to our western nations now that
they are rejecting the influence of the Reformation?
A brief look at
8:7 states that "The Lord your God is bringing you (Israel) into a good land." Verse
10 says that "When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the Lord
your God for the good land that He has given you."
There is no doubt that Israel's ability to create wealth came from God, not from itself.
see God's warning to Israel
in verses 11 through 16. "Do
not forget the Lord your God ... otherwise when you eat and are satisfied,
when you build fine houses and settle down, and when your herds and flocks
grow large and your silver and gold increase and all you have is
multiplied, then your heart will become proud and you will forget the Lord
your God. You may say to
yourself, 'my power and the strength of my hands have produced this
predicted that if Israel
forsook Him and lived in self-sufficient arrogance, it would die.
"You will surely be destroyed.
Like the nations the Lord destroyed before you, so you will be
destroyed" (verses 19 and 20). History
shows us that this was the fate of
western nations, including America, are forsaking the Christian consensus it once embraced.
The West attributes its wealth to the work of its own hands.
Was it really American ingenuity that made
warning to affluent