Stick 'Em Up, God
Steal from God?
7 Even from the days of your fathers ye are gone away from mine ordinances, and have not kept them. Return unto me, and I will return unto you, saith the LORD of hosts. But ye said, Wherein shall we return? 8 Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. 9 Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation. Malachi 3.
Here’s the situation: The World is in danger of economic ruin. The jobless rate has grown immensely and continues to grow. The Government refuses to extend unemployment benefits, as well as other necessities. Some people are losing the livelihood they have spent years building. The oil spill in the Gulf, has caused many who depend upon their region’s resources to fold their businesses. Add to the natural disasters that affect lives both directly and indirectly, for in the end, we all suffer -- Christians and non-Christians alike, but for the Christian, his or her hope lies in God, not in the Lottery, Publisher's Clearing House, or any other source of relief real or imagined outside of The Lord.
Who is to blame?
In situations like this, it is easy to find a scapegoat -- someone or something to point the finger at and say “this is your fault,” whether it’s the President, Big Business, Small Business, or whatever. Having a scapegoat puts the blame on someone else other than who’s really at fault. You may ask , who is at fault? It is that Nation or individual that refuses to obey God’s Law.
I know to some, this answer may be over-simplified, but check out the above passages from the Book Of Malachi. What seems to be a complex problem usually has a simple answer.
The fact is this;
America is a nation that has robbed God of what is due Him. Jesus said to render unto Caesar (The Government) the things that are his and to God, the things that are His (See Matthew 22:17-21) We support the Government with our taxes, and they in turn let us down or make us jump through hoops to get what is rightfully ours as in the case of Social Security, and more recently, Unemployment benefits, yet it is this same Government that bailed out Wall Street, but turns a cold shoulder to Main Street. Conversely, we withhold from God that which is His, for in fact everything belongs to God; For the earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof. (See 1Corinthians 10:26) Man was appointed stewards of God’s possessions, and has robbed Him of it, to satisfy his lusts. So the result of robbing God of tithes and offerings is what’s happening to the economy. He has cursed our nation, saying to us in essence, you have stolen from me, so I will take back what is mine. To break it down even further, we’re reaping what we as a nation has sown.
: Again referring to the Malachi verses, specifically verse 10.
10 Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.
That says it all. There is of course a lot more at stake than just the revival of a dying economy. This is only one instance that illustrates the serious repercussions of not obeying God’s Law. God’s ultimate Plan for man is not to fill his wallet and every desire, but that man would submit to Him, and partake of the glorious benefits He has prepared for the righteous. Man was made for God, not the other way around.
If every American would give a tenth of his or her income to a legitimate God-ordained church or ministry, this country would be amazed at the financial turnaround. But if we continue on the course we're on now, we would be facing total ruin. Start with the Man in the Mirror.
God didn’t have to give the solution to the problem, He could’ve just imposed the curse and left it at that. But The True and Living God is of mercy and compassion. He cared so much for Man that He came in the form of a man, and walked among us.
The question now is since we know what to do, what are we going to do