Being an American is great. It
seems that lots of people want to
be Americans, or at least live here and partake of the benefits of
living in America.
But there is a drawback of living in
America. From a Kingdom of
God perspective, it is much more difficult to reach people who are
satisfied with themselves than it is to reach people who are broken and
But God has a plan to deal with our
is called Laissez-faire. It is wonderfully described in the
Bible in Luke chapter 15 in the Parable of the Prodigal Son.
15:11 And [Jesus] said, A certain man had two sons.
Luke 15:12 And the younger of them said to his father, Father,
give me the portion of goods that is coming to me. And he divided his
living to them.
Luke 15:13 And not many days afterward, the younger son gathered
all together and went away into a far country. And there he wasted his
property, living dissolutely.
Luke 15:14 And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine
in that land. And he began to be in want.
Luke 15:15 And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that
country. And he sent him into his fields to feed pigs.
Luke 15:16 And he was longing to fill his belly with the husks
that the pigs ate, and no one gave to him.
Luke 15:17 And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired
servants of my father abound in loaves, and I perish with hunger!
Luke 15:18 I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him,
Father, I have sinned against Heaven and before you
Luke 15:19 and am no more worthy to be called your son. Make me
like one of your hired servants.
Luke 15:20 And he arose and came to his father. But when he was
still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran
and fell on his neck and kissed him.
Luke 15:21 And the son said to him, Father, I have sinned against
Heaven and before you, and am no more worthy to be called your son.
Luke 15:22 But the father said to his servants, Bring the best
robe and put it on him. And put a ring on his hand and shoes on his
Luke 15:23 And bring the fattened calf here and kill it. And let
us eat and be merry,
Luke 15:24 for this my son was dead and is alive again, he was
lost and is found. And they began to be merry.
Luke 15:25 And his elder son was in the field. And as he came and
drew near the house, he heard music and dancing.
Luke 15:26 And he called one of the servants and asked what these
Luke 15:27 And he said to him, Your brother has come, and your
father has killed the fattened calf because he has received him safe
Luke 15:28 And he was angry and would not go in. Therefore his
father came out and entreated him.
Luke 15:29 And answering he said to his father, Lo, these many
years I have served you, neither did I transgress your commandment at
any time. And yet you never gave me a kid so that I might make merry
with my friends.
Luke 15:30 But when this son of yours came, who has devoured your
living with harlots, you have killed for him the fattened calf.
Luke 15:31 And he said to him, Son, you are always with me, and
all that I have is yours.
Luke 15:32 It was right that we should make merry and be glad,
for this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; and was lost,
and is found.
Please note that the father was
apparently financially well set.
He was able to give the younger son his inheritance and still live
comfortably with servants.
Please also note that the father let
the younger son go astray from
him, and to suffer the inevitable consequences. That is the
laissez-faire part of the story.
Please also note that the older son
who remained with his father in the
father's house did not share his father's heart of love toward the
younger son/brother. The father also let the older son live his
life on his own without much in common. The older son complains
that the father never gave him a fatted calf to party with his friends,
but he didn't realize that he could have partied with the father
THE RESULT OF
We see in this parable of Jesus that
God's plan of 'laissez-faire'
produces the results which only 'laissez-faire' can produce - they
allow us to cook in our own juices! We inevitably reap what we
sow, and we, being sinners, inevitably sow selfishness, pride and self
America is on the verge of reaping
the nasty results of selfishness,
pride and self sufficiency. We are on the brink of economic
collapse, and we are under attack by those whose self righteousness and
pride are even greater than our own!
We can find good counsel concerning
how to break this vicious cycle of
reaping and sowing in the Bible, of course. I refer you to a
little passage in the Book of Revelation, chapter 3:
Rev 3:14 And
unto the angel of
the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the
faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;
Rev 3:15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I
would thou wert cold or hot.
Rev 3:16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor
hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.
Rev 3:17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with
goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art
wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:
Rev 3:18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that
thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed,
and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine
eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.
Rev 3:19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous
therefore, and repent.
Rev 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear
my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with
him, and he with me.
Rev 3:21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my
throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his
Rev 3:22 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith
unto the churches.
I use the King James
Version of the Bible because it has
a fairly unique feature. It preserves the distinction between
singular and plural in the second person pronouns. It does not
just use the word 'you' for both singular and plural as we do today, it
uses 'thee' and 'thy' for the second person singular.
Consequently we can see that the
above message from the risen and
reigning Lord Jesus Christ is to the 'messenger' of the 'outcalled
group' of Christians in Laodicea, not to the entire congregation.
This messenger thinks and says that
he or she is rich, is increased
with goods, and has need of nothing. This messenger is
mistaken. This messenger, according to our Lord Jesus is really
wretched, miserable, poor, blind and naked!
Now we come to the wise counsel of
God Himself. Jesus continues
by saying (my paraphrase), "I recommend that you, dear messenger, buy
from Me gold tested by fire that thou might be [really] rich; and also
I recommend that you buy from Me white clothes so that the shame of thy
nakedness might be covered; and I finally recommend that you anoint
your eyes with eyesalve so that thou might really see things as they
really are rather than as you imagine them to be."
I find it amusing that the King of
Kings makes recommendations to this
poor, wretched, naked messenger rather than commandments!! I only
find this amusing because I have been there, and have had my high
opinions of myself undone by The Almighty telling me the truth about
myself, and then kindly recommending that I get myself transformed by
His gracious provisions of real gold for my fools gold, white clothing
for my filthy rags, and eyesalve to enable me to see and accept the
I hope that you, dear reader, will
also be able to benefit from the
gracious provision by our loving heavenly Father, Lord Jesus and Holy
Sprit of the truth about our present condition, His provision of proven
remedies for our sad conditions, and His plan to maintain us in harmony
with Himself and all other creatures forever and ever in His eternal