In America, we are so dependent upon others to provide for us that we are being held hostage by the food, medical and government industries.
Hey, blessed morning to you! Or afternoon…Some of you reading this are not in my time zone!
Much of what we read and watch in the news is overshadowed today by the ongoing protesting of our “Democratic” system. They are not really protesting Trump as much as the system they live in. He was elected by the “Electoral College” and not by popular vote. Which is part of our system. He’s not the first and he will not be the last. But the problem we have here in America right now is not an Electoral College issue. It’s not a Trump issue. It’s not even really a “gimme, gimme, gimme” society problem.
As a pastor years ago, my family and I were the only charitable place in town. We tried to feed anyone who came to the door. It is, I believe, one of the vital things a church should be doing. One day a young man came to the door. He wanted food, but insisted up on earning it. He wanted to work around the church.
It was refreshing and I gave him some chores. This continued for a couple of weeks. Eventually, we allowed him to stay in the shed below the house. He had been sleeping in the woods at the edge of town. Because of the increasing connection, he began hanging out in the house, watching TV with us. I was cautious and made sure there was always an adult around.
After some time he became comfortable eating breakfast with us. One day, he came up to the house for breakfast. He began questioning the origins of the food. He wanted free range eggs and organic oatmeal. I explained that we served what we had and could afford. He got pushy. Demanding. Eventually, I had to remove him from the property with the threat of the Sheriff’s office. They did have to come, but he was off the property by then. In short, we had become accommodating to him and it became what he expected.
It was a very sad day. And a very hard lesson for me. We didn’t stop helping people. Not at all. But I gained a better understanding of what many people become when someone helps them.
There’s an old saying, “Give a man a fish, you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for life. Provided he can afford a fishing license.” I added that last part, of course. But one of the issues we are facing in America is not people of “true needs.” No, we are dealing with a generation (as well as many from previous generations) that have been accommodated their entire lives. They have never fought to take care of themselves and now the threat that they will have to earn a living is throwing them into a frenzied fear of real life. These are the people that will go first if and when the infrastructure collapses. If the economy fully drops, they will die of hunger. Well, at least from the loss of Starbucks. Essentially, they have no understanding of how to take care of themselves.
In America, we are so dependent upon others to provide for us that we are being held hostage by the food, medical and government industries. And yes, the government, as the largest employer in the world, is now what I call an “industry.” They are not a “non-profit” organization anymore. They profit in money and power. And, business is booming!
So, how does this trickle down to crazy amazing love? Good question. Ultimately, God loves even those who are spending all their time protesting. Keep in mind, protesting is not a bad thing. But, like every other part of the American box collection of freedoms, it can and is often, sorely abused. God’s love transcends all issues and problems. His love extends even to those who take advantage of the generous. It extends to all.
But, we are also taught to be aware of what is going on around us. It lends to knowing the times. America is still the land of opportunity. Especially when compared to other countries around the world that suffer without the freedoms we are privileged to have. Unfortunately, those freedoms are being eroded because, ultimately, people abuse them
Pray for America! She needs God more than ever!