The world is ignorant about how life really is in the United States. This country isn’t composed of millionaires who have tons of extra cash in their banking accounts. Not every citizen of the United States has what we call “The American Dream,” in fact, it is often the opposite. Debt is the norm around here. Poverty, or a variation of it, is also the norm especially in the south. I find no problem to defend the country’s borders, protect our industries, and do what is best for the people of the United States. Why? Because I am an American, that’s why. I challenge you to look at the policies of other countries like Canada and see if they would not protect their industries if they feel a threat is coming their way. How about France? Maybe Brazil? Check it out! This country can’t afford to help others when 48 million Americans live in poverty. Get real.
Let me explain — if a citizen of the USA doesn’t have a job and has no wealth, he (or she) is poor. If a compatriot has a job but can’t pay his (or her) bills, he (or she) is poor. If a Mississippian, for example, has a job, can pay his bills partly, but counts on credit cards to survive… he (or she) is poor or near poverty. If you live paycheck to paycheck and your industry is moved overseas or you lose your job… you tell me. Last: If a “magnate” in New York makes millions each year but spends billions in expenses he (or she) is a broken millionaire. The irony of the former is that the world often sees the last scenario on television and assumes that “all” the people of the United States are wealthy and must give money and amnesty to the world, accept refugees without screening, pay for others’ misfortunes unconditionally, and more because we are all wealthy. False! This, my friends, is what I call an exploitation using strategies grounded in “Wealth guilt” or the belief that having money is a source of shame.
It is true that the USA is the largest economy of the world but let me get some things straight in here. Having a powerful economy doesn’t mean that the people living in it are necessarily wealthy. The same can be said about country’s per capita. Qatar has an astronomical per capita GDP but a large segment of their society lives in poverty. Maybe Qatar should embrace the immigration amnesty and accept millions of Christians in their land.
What amazes me sometimes are some people who say, “We live in the most powerful country in the world and we should be thankful for having a car to drive and a place to live. Folks in third world countries don’t have as much as we do.” Do all Americans fall under the former category? Do you have a house to live? Do you have a car to drive? Are they free? Or better, is their maintenance free? And the kicker… Are you wealthy because you have them? There is more to it, of course. The former is precisely why my ministry is in the United States. This country needs our help more than ever.
Often, the folks who say that we have too much are de facto wealthy and have multiple houses in two or more states or often have their own way to sustain themselves with ease but not always. Let’s get real… Living in West Jackson in Mississippi, having a 25K annual salary with a family of 4 isn’t that much money, regardless of whether a person lives in the empire of the world (USA) or not. Try making a living in San Francisco with a 40K salary! Good luck. Money figures are deceiving. 14 thousand dollars might be a fortune in India but isn’t in the United States. Stop thinking that you need to feel guilty for being “wealthy” because chances are high you are not, under the current circumstances of the United States. It is malicious rhetoric, in my opinion.
Don’t feel guilty about it. You don’t have to. It is okay to do what is best for the country first. God takes care of His people his own way. You are not God and I am not God either. Not sure about you but I will do what is best for my daughter and family. What is best for them is to have a country where they can survive and strive. Frenchmen are thinking the same in Europe, I bet. I know Brazilians don’t care about American industries. Why should we be different?
What you do need to do, however, is to live for God and obey His commands and never forget, “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs” (1 Timothy 6:10). I am not saying that we should’t help others, of course not. In every chance we can we should help as the Lord has called us to do it. However, if our people is suffering, we have an obligation to help them first. Thinking about that and reflect.