Vote! Righteousness or Prosperity?

There seems to be a dilemma in America today. Do I vote for righteousness or do I vote for a better economy? Somehow the “church” has lost its sense of direction regarding this. You know the old expression “it’s as plain as the nose on my face”? That is exactly the case if you look at what God says to us through the pages of His Bible.

Jesus didn’t pull any punches or try to compromise truth to persuade people to follow Him. He was straight forth when speaking on the mount in Matthew 6. He addressed their concern for their physical needs and tells them the answer, “For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” Matthew 6:32-33 NKJV

God spoke through Moses in Deuteronomy very plainly, “Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the LORD your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the LORD your God will set you high above all nations of the earth. And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the LORD your God:” Deuteronomy 28:1-2 NKJV. Just go on and read the rest of Deuteronomy 28. It is pretty impressively loaded with prosperity, but it is conditional on the first verse.

I think that if we place “the economy” before “righteousness, consider another old saying, we have put “the cart before the horse”. I believe that as Matthew 6:33 states, righteousness pulls the cart loaded with supply. This doesn’t let us off the hook with managing what we have been given. Scripture again is very straight forward about stewardship. God commends faithful stewardship. We are to steward our resources, our gifts, our opportunities wisely. Stewards don’t own it; they manage and administrate what belongs to another! Every steward will one day have to give an account to the Owner!

Several years ago I made my first trip to Asia. As my plane approached Los Angeles upon my return, I looked out my airplane window and began to cry. I had just seen the poverty, sickness, and lack in many nations. Gratefulness welled up in my heart to God for this country, but at the same time sadness surfaced, too. Immediately Psalm 33:12 spoke in my heart, “Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD”. These other nations did not honor the LORD as their god. We had experienced the blessings of God in this nation because we had called ourselves a Christian nation. Now this seemed to be slipping away from us as a nation.

I haven’t given up on this nation. Yes, some things need to change! WE need to change! Let’s seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness. Then get ready for His blessings!

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