Friday, April 21, 2023

Daily Devotion: Why I Opposed the Stimulus Packages

Bible Reading: Proverbs 14:23-35 

Key Verse: Verse 34 Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.”

Key Words:
Righteousness exalteth

On February 17, 2009, President Barack Obama signed the 787 billion dollar stimulus package into law. Both our President and Vice-President tell us that this plan will do the following.

-It will give immediate action to create new jobs.

-It will give immediate relief to struggling families.

-It will give immediate assistance for homeowners and business owners.

-It will help solve our current financial crisis.

Now, I’m not a sadist, but the stimulus package is not going to work.  The reason is that the problem our country faces is not a financial or economic problem, it is a spiritual problem that has at its core “righteousness” or a lack of righteousness.

Let me list for you seven areas of unrighteousness in our country.

  1. We are unrighteous in our abortion of over one million babies each year (Psalm 139:14-17).

  2. We are unrighteous in our educational system that bans prayer and the Bible.

  3. We are unrighteous in our sexual conduct.  Forty percent of all adult men are involved in pornography on the internet.  Seven out of every ten teenagers are involved in immorality before they graduate.

  4. We are unrighteous in that we look to the government for answers, not God (Haggai 2:8).

  5. We are unrighteous in that we love the dollar more than we love God (I Timothy 6:10).

  6. We are unrighteous in that we as believers are ignorant in our knowledge of God’s Word.  Let me prove it to you.  Answer the following questions without looking up the answers.  A) Name the three sons of Noah.  B) Name five of the Ten Commandments.  C) Name half of the sixty-six books of the Bible.  How did you do?

  7. We are unrighteous in that we have failed to stand for righteousness in our church attendance (Hebrews 10:25).

The stimulus package will not work because finances are not our problem, righteousness or the lack of it is our problem.  Dedicate yourself to righteousness for as David said, “I have been young, and now am old, yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken nor his seed begging bread.”

What to do:
✞ Put God first in your finances and your life.

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