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Jesus said the road to eternal life is narrow, but the path to destruction is wide (Matthew 7:13).
Based on such statements from Jesus it is evident that few people in Churches/Communities care about God's blessings enough to be obedient in all aspects of their lives (i.e., Marriage, Purity, Work Ethic, Saving, Parenting, Prayer, etc.). The road to blessings is narrow.
I used to believe everyone should be blessed in the same way by God, Parents, Government, and Society.
I held an unbiblical definition and naive understanding of love and social responsibility.
I no longer believe that disobedient/lazy/sinfully stubborn people should be blessed at the expense of the righteous/humble person as the government takes control of charitable causes and private enterprise without individual consent and authority by citizens who are closer to community needs. Local leaders are more efficient in the distribution of services/products and should be able to utilize the fruit of their labor as they please.
Some people are so stubborn about living right that they don't deserve to "eat" at someones else's expense. The Bible says "if you don't work you shall not eat" (2 Thessalonians 3:10).
That hunger and pain should lead them to repentance, a hard work ethic, and personal development.
God disciplines people and cultures so they can share in His holiness (Hebrews 12:5-10).
Since God withholds blessings from people who are capable and not willing, we should do the same as Christians. Godliness is mimicking God through the power of the Spirit in us.
James the Apostle wrote:
"But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do" (James 1:25)
God speaks to communities and individuals that If you don't obey me, I will curse you and if you follow me I will bless you.
He rewards individual and group obedience. A healthy group is nothing more than individuals who decide to do the right thing together.
Deuteronomy 28:2-4 reads,
2 All these blessings will come on you and accompany you if you obey the Lord your God:
3 You will be blessed in the city and blessed in the country.
4 The fruit of your womb will be blessed, and the crops of your land and the young of your livestock—the calves of your herds and the lambs of your flocks.
Even children can escape the curses of their father's sins. No one is held hostage to generational curses, family behavior or parents sins in this world.
If Christians are not careful, their kingdom views can contradict their political opinions and lead to cognitive and social dissonance.
Ezekiel 18:14-19 reads,
14 “But suppose this son has a son who sees all the sins his father commits, and though he sees them, he does not do such things:
15 “He does not eat at the mountain shrines
or look to the idols of Israel.
He does not defile his neighbor’s wife.
16 He does not oppress anyone
or require a pledge for a loan.
He does not commit robbery
but gives his food to the hungry
and provides clothing for the naked.
17 He withholds his hand from mistreating the poor
and takes no interest or profit from them.
He keeps my laws and follows my decrees.
He will not die for his father’s sin; he will surely live. 18 But his father will die for his own sin, because he practiced extortion, robbed his brother and did what was wrong among his people.
19 “Yet you ask, ‘Why does the son not share the guilt of his father?’ Since the son has done what is just and right and has been careful to keep all my decrees, he will surely live.
Stay away from Democratic Socialism. Look at China and you will see our future in America-A Government That Controls EVERYTHING and EVERYONE like SLAVES!
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