“Righteousness exalts a nation. But sin is a disgrace to the people.”-Psalm 14:34
In my daily reading of the One Year Bible, I was reading Jeremiah 22. The first thing that stood out is why God allows suffering and bad things to happen. From other passages in the Word, we learn that it’s a result of the curse God put on the world as a result of man’s sin nature and independent self-will. We suffer because we have forsaken the covenant with God our Father and pursued other gods.
Now I will go into the heretic zone. Buddha is known for saying that suffering comes from attachment. The New Testament teaches us that one of the fruits of the spirit is self-control.
Materialism is more than money. It’s all things pertaining to matter. Forsaking life’s most important relationship with the Divine makes us slaves to materialism when we try to fill the void with earthly things. This explains why so many people in western culture are so obsessed with work these days.
Being too overly attached to the decaying things of this world will cause much suffering. We can enjoy the things of the world without getting too attached. But only if we seek first the Kingdom of God.
Maybe a theocracy is the best form of government. Not necessarily rule by the church. Human institutions become too corrupt. The more people who walk with God and put Him first, the more a nation exalts itself.
As one of my former roommates said, it doesn’t matter who wins elections in politics as long as we put God first. Exalting people like Obama or Trump like I have seen much of the country do the past few years is basically idol worship. Especially when people actually say either one of these or any other political figure is our only hope.
We invite suffering in when we eat too much of the tree of knowledge (materialism). We overcome this by eating of the tree of Life and living life from God on a daily basis.