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What would Satan do?

Listen. Sometimes you have to give an article a flashy title to get people interested, okay? In this case though, this is exactly what I’m going to be talking about.

If you have ever read the biblical account of Job, then you may know Job went through hell on earth by being tested through several trials, like disease, loss of family, loss of wealth, loss of respect and all at the hands of Satan. See my old post “What Happened to Job“, if you care to read about this great story. We learn in the book of Job that Satan has been allowed many “abilities”, some of which allow him to do great harm and manipulation in our world.

First, let’s backtrack and set the stage. Most of my readers live in the USA and for the most part we live in a culture that epitomizes the American Dream. The dream that we can make ourselves into whatever we want. We can work hard and get whatever we want. We can make it happen if we try. Sounds good on the surface doesn’t it?

Now, let’s dig into this ideology. We see words like ourselves and we in the definition above which equates to me, myself and I. Are you with me? Good. I thought this would be easy for you. Moving on, we can easily see that this American Dream concept has also translated into an “I want this”, and an “I want that” mentality. A mentality of materialism.materialism

Next, we can look at how we live. Why do we dream? Isn’t it to make money so we can buy something or earn respect in someone’s eyes or provide a grand lifestyle? I like a statement I’ve heard my pastor and others proclaim.

We work so we can buy something we don’t need, so we can impress the people around us that we don’t even like or even care to know.

How sick and wrong is that? Can you honestly deny that you’ve taken part in this mentality? Now let’s transition to the meat of this rumination. What does the church look like in your neighborhood?

Let’s think about all of the church splits, church arguments about money, doctrinal battles and overall strife among denominations. Where does this come from? Obviously in the church, it comes from having an attitude like that of Christ and the concept of loving your neighbor as yourself, right? Ha! LOL! Where does it come from people? You tell me. How about, “I want this”, “I want that”? Hmm.

Sorry to say this, but I contend that the idea of the American Dream is a tool that Satan has used VERY well to get us to forget the real mission of the Church (with a capital C), so that we would spend our energy worrying about MY church (little c) and what type of music SHOULD be played. Our churches have become materialistic, our attitudes revolve around this concept and it shows.

In the bible Job was a righteous man and he was tested in oh so many ways. He passed the test and came out better in the end. How are we doing in the midst of our testing?  What do our attitudes truly show?


….oh, I’m not called to do that…I can’t, I have a church meeting about the building project…isn’t that the job of missionaries?…here, have some money so I feel like I’m a part of the work…this year I’m going on vacation maybe next year…I can’t give now because I have a cable bill, cell phone bill, car payment and credit card bill due.

What would Satan do?

In this case does he even…..need…..to do…..anything..…else?


The World is not Enough

The American Dream, a great and wonderful philosophy.  Or is it?

“The top 1 percent [of income earners] earned 23.5 percent of all income–more than the entire bottom 50 percent. That is apparently not enough. The percentage of income going to the top 1 percent has nearly tripled since the 1970s. In the mid-1970s, the top 1 percent earned about 8 percent of all income. In the 1980s, that figure jumped to 14 percent. In the late 1990s, that 1 percent earned about 19 percent.”Recent quote from Sen. Bernie Sanders, an Independent from Vermont. (1)

Okay, I added the emphasis to the quote above.  It insinuates that those “people” in the top 1% are utterly greedy, selfish individuals.  Earning money and actually getting to spend it is apparently something we should not expect according to Sen. Sanders.  Many of you out there also believe this load of crap if you think that the “rich” should be taxed more heavily.

What happened to freedom and living the American Dream?  How about this one:

It’s “a giveaway to the very rich” noted a Senator from the Democratic Party regarding Estate Taxes not being raised or kept extremely high. (2)

Now, this insinuates that estate value was given to these “rich” people by the government.  A giveaway, huh?  I’m thinking that whoever owned the estate, earned the estate.  To try and explain away and twist the meaning of someone’s life long earnings into a greedy, government giveaway is flat out sick.  “Rich” people worked to get where they are and to secure their families’ futures.  They lived the American Dream for goodness sakes!  It’s crazy to demonize that!

A giveaway to the very rich it is not.  What estate taxes are is the government stealing from those who have successfully lived the American Dream.  Now, doesn’t that sound depressing?  And to think, we have many, many citizens fighting for this very sick idea.

Please come to America, the land of the free, work hard, become successful!  BUT, read the fine print!!!!

The fine print goes something like this:

Warning: As soon as you become successful, you will be taxed at levels that far surpass the general public.  This taxation is done in the name of “you have too much money”.  This taxation is done in the name of “if you don’t let us take it, you are simply greedy”.  By the way, after we unfairly tax your income, as soon as you die we will tax you again since your estate was obviously built up to serve the American Government!  Please understand, we are just looking out for all the future American Dreamers out there!  Stay poor, or you will lose out on the free ride.

It may sound harsh, but truly this is what is occurring.  So, what’s the solution?  First, the government needs to be a good example to the general public.  Our government is the worst example on the face of this earth when it comes to money management!  Debt, debt and more debt.  The flawed solution is to punish those that are successful!  Yep.

Do the citizens that agree with all these taxes still feel like this is reasonable? If so, WHY?

(1)    http://www.scpr.org/programs/patt-morrison/2010/12/16/sanders/ (various souces)

(2)    http://www.wtop.com/?nid=111&sid=2204385