Pastor's View: What makes a nation great?

— By Volkhard Graf, Youth With A Mission

Loren Cunningham is the Founder of Youth With A Mission (YWAM), a worldwide movement of followers of Christ. Recently, he celebrated his 80th birthday. For a gift, he did not wish to receive any items that are usually valued for reaching such a milestone. No golden watch or trip around the world for him. Traveling around the world is what he has and continues to do anyway. He is one of about a dozen people who have visited every nation on earth. So what was his wish? To end Bible poverty! That might seem like an odd request, since there are many problems in the world that need tackling. Yet, because of his travels, he has seen why accessibility to God’s Word is so important. He has seen the impact of the Bible on nations and societies, as well as the evil and need that exists, where biblical truth is not known. Unbridled greed, corruption, and injustice bring down nations. Integrity, a high regard for justice and generosity, on the other hand will lift up a nation.

Here is just one example: Geneva, Switzerland, is so beautiful; it can take your breath away, but it wasn’t always that way. In 1530 Geneva was called the smelliest city in Europe because rotting garbage and human waste filled the streets. It had a high crime rate, prostitution, and desperately poor slum dwellers. But it was transformed into a prosperous city, becoming the crossroads for international diplomacy, humanitarian agencies and international organizations. It happened stunningly quickly! How? It started with a man named John Calvin. He emphasized the need for personal salvation, teaching people to repent and trust God — and how to live. Calvin and his friends searched the scriptures and taught the people, what the Bible has to say about every area of life. They taught the people to “wash their world with God’s Word and prayer.” They emphasized personal responsibility and a good work ethic and encouraged people to see work as an act of worship. They taught people how to take care of their families, to stay sober, to work hard, to pay their bills, to save for the future, and to give back to God of their income. Bankers were taught not to charge high interest, fixing interest rates a 4 percent, enough for the lender to make money but low enough for the borrower to finance a new venture. All this had an immediate economic impact: Geneva and Switzerland began to prosper.

Being open to consider the Bible’s truth, will lead to the recognition that it describes reality. God’s Word is testable! It contains laws that if followed, will produce the results promised. Interested in seeing how you can be involved? Check out: endbiblepovertynow.org.

Volkhard Graf works with Youth With A Mission out of Kamiah.

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