Picking up with the topic of two days ago, I believe that, when God blesses people and nations, He expects some responsibility from those that are blessed to share what they have with others or to use their resources to help others as best they can. In Luke 12:48, “Jesus teaches, For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required; and to whom much has been committed, of him they will ask the more.” The United States has certainly been blessed as much as any great nation in history with an abundance of wealth, resources, capabilities, and achievements in almost every area of life that you look at. These blessings do not come out of nowhere. There is nothing in life that does not come from something or someone else. If we trace any product back to the basic resources that are pulled out of the earth or synthesized in a laboratory, etc., it is clear that all things come from something or someone.
Moreover, our very existence, the talents and abilities that we have been blessed with at birth, our development of those talents and abilities such that we can earn our living and bless others, the various opportunities that come into our hands throughout life that make our lives better, and the physical world that gives us resources to live by all have their source in Our Infinitely Loving God. We are taught in 1 Corinthians 4:7, “For who makes you differ from another? And what do you have that you did not receive? Now if you did indeed receive it, why do you boast as if you had not received it?” So, everything we have in life comes from someone or something else (ultimately from the ultimate source, God) even though we may work in order to receive it; it does not have its ultimate source in us. We are also taught in James 1:17 that every good thing that we experience and enjoy comes from God: “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.”
If God is the source of all things, and if He has blessed us and our nation so richly, then we have a responsibility to use that wealth to help those around us and to help those nations around the world in which suffering occurs. Of course, there must be political agreement or political will in our nation when we intervene in another country’s affairs where humanitarian or military crises are taking place. And, since we are not wise enough to know when we should intervene and when we should not, our leaders and our citizens should be seeking God’s wisdom and will for guidance in national and international affairs. I think it would be safe to say that God is not discussed very much in political circles of power these days, nor is His wisdom and direction sought for anything that we do politically or diplomatically. That being the case, it is up to God’s people to intervene on behalf of those who are not wise enough to seek out God.
So we certainly have responsibilities within our nation to each other, to help those who are suffering or have need. But we also, as a nation, have responsibility to help others around the world as much as is possible with our best understanding of what we should do, guided by God. There are those who say that we are not the world’s policeman. We do not have to be the world’s policeman, nor do we have to have any official role or authority to act, just as we do not have to have some official role or authority to act on the individual level when we see need, suffering, or injustice around us. God gives us authority and expects us to act within the scope of our capability, the limits of our knowledge and resources, and as guided by God (this last part is key – we should never just act on our own without guidance from God, although many of us often do and our failures or ham-handed, muddled efforts are ample evidence that we cannot act efficiently apart from God’s guidance).
I pray that you will walk in the light of His truth, wisdom, power, and joy as you go about your daily activities this day.