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Does God not like the people in Australia?

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Does God not like the people in Australia?” is a question put to me the other day. What about the people in Brazil? Are people there any worse that we are? I don't think so. God loves the people but not the sin.

God is trying to tell us something. A year ago Haiti experienced a devastating earthquake. They say that not much has changed there even after all the money that has been sent there to help.

What has happened? We can only imagine where the money went. Greed seems to be the name of the game no matter what part of the world we are referring to. Why has the US and Canada accumulated such a huge national debt? Why cant we live within our means? We live in an “I want” world. He who has the most debt when he dies, wins.

Why do we have such huge credit card debts? The card companies make it so easy to get more so they can charge big interest on unpaid balances. I think God is allowing problems in different parts of the world to show us how easily and quickly greed can get us into big money problems which then causes stress and other emotional problems.

I don't think we have seen the worst yet. Everything is going up in price. Just keeping up is becoming a challenge. Is there a solution to all this?

In Jesus' time the ruling class and church leaders were the power and money grabbers. Because of greed they had Jesus crucified. In 66 A.D. they rebelled against the Romans and started a war. In 70 A.D. the Romans took the city and destroyed the beautiful temple and the big, wealthy palaces. Most of the people inside the walled city perished. The others were taken to Rome and sold as slaves.

Jesus had come and tried to show them how to live but they would not listen and eventually lost everything, including their lives because of greed. One day Jesus had told His followers, “Don't be totally absorbed in what ye will eat or drink or gather or life in general but seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness.”

Jesus said we should learn who He is: the Creator, Lawgiver, Provider, Life-giver and Healer of the world. We should follow His example of His righteousness: live right, be honest, kind, give Him thanks, look after our bodies. Paul said our bodies are the temples of the Holy Spirit, therefore, we need to take care of them.

Jesus wants His children to be an example to others just as He was by helping the poor and showing them a better life. Jesus then said, “...and all these things shall be added unto you.” What is He saying? The things necessary for our living shall be given us and not only a meagre existence. He also will provide help with the work in our home country and in the mission field.

In this time of financial problems and uncertainty the church is moving ahead, dealing well, operating schools and building churches. Where does the money for this come from? People who take God at His word faithfully give and God has not and will not let them down. His word is to go to the end of the earth.