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  • Psalm Thirty Seven
    Verses 1-20

    Do not concern yourself with evil men,
    and do not be envious of their wealth,
    for their lives will be cut short,
    they are mowed down like grass,
    they will wither and no one will care.

    Trust in the Lord and do as He says,
    and you and your family will do well,
    you and your family will be well fed.
    Be delighted by your service to God,
    and He will give you everything you need.
    Commit your life to the Lord,
    trust in Him, and He will reward you.
    By your actions, your neighbors will know
    you are a righteous man,
    and you will have great wisdom.
    Take rest in God's word and wait for His voice,
    do not be concerned with the prosperity of evil men,
    pay no attention to the man who plots evil.

    Do not allow yourself to become angry or upset,
    pay no attention at all to evil.
    Evil men shall fall as quickly as they rise,
    but the righteous will live on to old age.
    their children will live on and praise them.

    Evil men are always revealed,
    and when they are, they are punished,
    all they have gained is taken from them.

    The meek who live by God's word will inherit the earth,
    and they will take pleasure in all that God can offer.

    Evil men plot against the good,
    they try to devour what they have.

    God laughs at evil men,
    for He knows they will not win.

    Evil men live by the sword, they call others to take aim with bows,
    they prey upon the needy and the helpless, they prey upon the innocent.

    Evil men will die by their own swords, the bows they command will be broken,
    for even the smallest wealth of a righteous man is better than ill gotten gains.
    The bodies of evil men will be broken.

    The Lord will protect the lives of the righteous,
    He will guard them, and their children will live long lives,
    they will never be ashamed of following the commandments,
    in times of famine, they will be satisfied.

    But the wicked will perish, and the enemies of God
    will be as the fat that burns in the fire,
    evil men will pass away as if they were smoke.

    "For everyone to whom much is given, of him shall much be required." -- Luke 12:48 [KJV]

    We talk about the 'middle class' in this country quite a bit, and since most of us are in the 'middle class', it would seem an appropriate subject. Lately, the topic has focused on the 'elimination' of the middle class. The divide between 'rich' and 'poor' seems to be shrinking. If we believe the media and the reported statistics, the 'middle class' will cease to exist, and we will live in a nation where the wealthy control all the money, and therefore, all of us who need it.

    We turn to politics to solve this problem in America, since our founding fathers saw fit to include an amendment in the Constitution prohibiting our government from recognizing any religion as a way to influence the government. We have even gone so far as to hamstring religious organizations from becoming directly involved in politics.

    A 'charitable' organization under 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code are specifically prohibited from political actions. Since religious organizations fall under this code, churches cannot openly engage in candidate support. Ministers, preachers, and other church officials are very aware of this provision and as such are adamant that no such activities take place. If they did, they would lose their exempt status, and all tithes and contributions would be subject to taxes.

    So we, as Christians, are not to participate in politics? Quite the contrary. We are to be involved in politics in our everyday lives. We are to set the example for our leaders, show them we are willing to be law-abiding citizens and do what is required as long as they do their jobs. We are to expose evil when we see it and speak out against it to our neighbors. We are to remind our leaders when they have turned off the right path. We do that with our votes.

    What keeps us from doing our job? Fear and Envy. We are afraid to speak out against evil men for fear we will lose what we have and be unable to care for our family. We look at the ads in the paper, on the television, and on the internet and we lust after things we do not need. We allow temptation to burrow into our minds, infecting our souls, and soon we envy what is there. We covet.

    Is it wrong to want good things for your family? Of course not. But what do you need?

    Remember Gordon Gecko, that character from "Wall Street" who proclaimed "Greed is good."? Was it? Is it?

    Conclusion tomorrow.

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