An American House of Cards
|by Diane Singer|
Years ago, a pastor friend of mine was in Nigeria on a mission trip. One day, a woman approached him in the hotel lobby to see if he was interested in her, ah, services. Gene turned her down, but escorted her into the hotel dining room and bought her dinner. He asked her why she was working as a prostitute. Her reply: "My mother is dead, my father is blind, and my brothers and sisters have no one but me to provide for them."
They talked about how hard the economic situation in Nigeria was, and the hopelessness that the average citizen felt because there were so few ways to legitimately earn a living.
In the course of their conversation, Gene made a statement that he believed hard economic times were in store for America because we have turned our back on God (this was more than a decade ago). The woman's reply was that she hoped and prayed this would not be the case. Why? Because America has done so much to help poorer countries around the world. Her worry was that, should God remove His blessing from America, the rest of the world would suffer for it.
This article indicates that leaders around the world fear that, too. Our helter-skelter pursuit of the "American Dream" is not only threatening to bring down our own nation's economy; it may also bring down the economies of other nations. And as we are forced to get our own financial house in order, we will undoubtedly find that we have less and less to share with the world's poor. We have been negligent stewards of the blessings God has given us. We need to repent of our foolishness not just because it's hurt us, but also because it will hurt the "least of these" throughout the world.