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Does God Bless All Countries?
Being American, I have been fortunate to live in a country with unlimited options. We've always been the biggest and the best. It’s all we have known. For the most part we are a very patriotic country that prides itself on being number one. The best military, the best athletes, the tallest buildings, Wall Street, Hollywood, and everything else. From entertainment and fashion, to entrepreneurs and ingenuity. We made it, others used it, you're welcome.
That has always been the attitude. But I think being the best is relative. In some countries, being successful can mean living off the land and providing for your family. This isn't ideal for me, but I understand that different cultures have different standards. If you live in the jungle, you will not need a 50" LED flat panel television, or a newer vehicle in your driveway. I'm not so sure we need it either.
This does not mean one way is right and another wrong. I prefer capitalism and the luxuries it has provided. But for someone that has never known this way of life, I'm sure it would be strange and unwelcoming.
Back to the point of being blessed, I feel God has blessed America in many ways. We have struggled in our history and tried to overcome our past mistakes. We have been a final destination of immigrants around the world, inspiring hope and opportunity. "Give me your tired, your poor..."
We have been blessed for quite some time now and with our financial instability, is it possible God has focused his blessings elsewhere? Maybe he is spread thin right now with the exploding population and has had to ration out his blessings? Certainly Greece could use a blessing right now.
As we struggle to hang on through turbulent and uncertain times, we must remember to think about others and stay compassionate.
God has a lot to do these days, who knows what he’s dealing with. One thing is for sure, we will have to do some things on our own. I’m sure God wants us to succeed, but I think he also wants to try to work together. He has famines and natural disasters to work through, among other things.
I for one have no problems with God blessing other countries, many of them need it. I think we should work on helping ourselves. Countries like Haiti and Somalia, they need a good blessing, and I would hope God would extend blessings to Tibet. Afghanistan, and the whole middle east region could use a double dose of blessings.
I hope God will bless all people in this world, as crazy as it is at times. Humans will always have disputes and wars. We will continue to develop ways to harm one another. We will always have homeless people, starving people, and persecuted people. We will always have unstable governments in the world so think world peace is out of the question.. Here in America, we used to think of ourselves as a beacon of light for other countries, I hope we can continue to be worthy of that title.
So, with Thanksgiving approaching, I hope God will continue to bless the United States, and I hope he can bless all countries as well. I'm certainly thankful I live in America and I will always be grateful for all the freedoms and opportunities we have. So I say, God bless America, and everyone else. God Bless Us All...