Christians in America enjoy many blessings and opportunities, but America also provides temptations toward idolatry. Join Adam as he warns against some specifically American forms of idolatry.
Ye yourselves know that these hands ministered unto my necessities, and to them that were with me. In all things I gave you an example, that so laboring ye ought to help the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that he himself said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:34-35).
Christians do well to exemplify a giving attitude in feeling and practice. Yet if a Christian would give, another must receive; if we are to give to one another, we must also prove willing to receive from one another. We must be on guard against covetousness; nevertheless, pride and American mythology often influence us away from receiving from others as we ought.
Life “under the sun” seems to be all about getting and maintaining power for one’s own benefit. The Lord Jesus insisted on the way of service and suffering to overcome the powers and principalities over this present darkness. The church has no business lusting for power; it must follow the path of its Lord.
We live in interesting times. We may have been born and raised here, or have made this our adopted country, but we still do not exactly feel at home. Should we try to take back the country? Or should we recognize that we never really truly fit in–nor should fit in–but should live as sojourners and exiles in the land?