If the Apostle Paul had not brought the Good News to Europe, foundational principles such as freedom and human dignity would not be part of the Western heritage. Because the Holy Spirit instructed him to turn away from Asia and go west, Western nations have been blessed with their systems of law and economics—the principles that made them rich and free.Think a moment about the vast difference between your country and the poorer nations of the world.While many of us struggle with our weight, the poor in this world struggle to find their next meal. In most countries where GFA is supporting indigenous pastors, the gross national income per person was approximately US$1,500 a year as of 2014. By contrast, in some of the most economically developed regions of the world it was more than US$50,000 a year. And Christians in these countries, because they tend to live in the upper half of the economy, earn even more!In addition to freedom from want, people in most of these free nations enjoy freedom of speech, press and assembly; freedom of religion; freedom to choose where and how to live; and freedom to organize themselves to correct injustices and problems both at home and abroad.Large numbers of service networks in communications, education, finance, mass media and transportation add to the quality of life in the West. Not having these services available is an enormous handicap to people living in nations with less fortunate circumstances.Finally, few domestic needs exist. Although unemployment is a serious problem in some areas, it is many times higher in nearly every country of the Two-Thirds World. How many of us can comprehend the suffering of the millions of homeless and starving people in nations like Bangladesh? Overseas the problems are on a grand scale.This is just a short list of the many advantages of living in the more affluent world where benefits have come largely because of a biblical faith.from: https://www.patheos.com/blogs/kpyohannan/2019/02/benefits-freedom-western-societies-christianity/
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Other seed fell among thorns, and the thorns came up and choked it -- Matthew 13:7 (CSB) Now the one sown among the thorns — this is one who hears the word, but the worries of this age and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful -- Matthew 13:22 (CSB)Wealth is a snare and temptation to fall away. Poverty is a temptation to fall away as well. Both are a test of faith. God's only promise for faithfulness is to meet need. The Lord is very clear that we should not aspire to more. The suggestion is that wealth is a benefit. I beg to differ. Wealth is the sin drug of spiritual sleep, lukewarmness and delusion. Poverty lacks justice but wealth lacks mercy.
From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked. - Luke 12:48 When God blesses us it is a test if we will use those blessings to bless others or greedily just use them for ourselves. I believe this below exhortation from St. Paul to the rich believers in the Church can be applied easily to those of us in Western countries:1 Timothy 6:17-19 New International Version (NIV)17 Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. 18 Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. 19 In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.Jesus's life was marked by giving to the poor something we must be mindful of also.