For more than 5900 years, man survived without the layers of security blankets that now cover the Western world. Yet, in the last century, a self-preservation craze has swept over affluent first-world countries. Saint and sinner alike seem possessed by paranoia, convinced that economic calamity haunts and will destroy us unless we shield ourselves with an array of insurance and retirement packages.
Covetousness drives Christians to Babylon, pursuing profit and material goods. A craving for financial security guarantees that we will never give up those sinful pursuits. With our devotion to welfare capitalism we have abandoned our faith in God, depending instead upon either paychecks or welfare checks, upon Social Security or upon IRAs.
The cost of necessities (food, health care, housing), which the state eagerly doles out, are driven inexcusably high, and government costs, in turn, skyrocket, as do our taxes. Welfare recipients are bound to the state, and workers are tied to their jobs to pay for oppressive taxes and overpriced goods and services. Dependence on God, family, and church has been replaced by dependence upon either the government, or our own insurance plans, purchased from the capitalistic system. No longer can we as a people proclaim, “In God we trust.” Instead, we trust in either liberal politics or our own self-sufficiency.
Breaking out of the profit-driven Babylon-like system is impossible until we learn to trust God and reject man-made security blankets. Only trust in God can overcome dependence on the flesh-driven institutions of Babylon. With trust, we can rest securely in God, confident in His desire and ability to care for us, confident that our Father, Who Art in Heaven will meet every need, as expressed by David: “I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread,” (Psalm 37:25).
“Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD,” (Jeremiah 17:7). God is waiting for a people who will wait for Him to provide and protect: “And therefore will the LORD wait, that He may be gracious unto you, and therefore will He be exalted, that He may have mercy upon you: for the LORD is a God of judgment: blessed are all they that wait for Him,” (Isaiah 30:18).
This kind of faith may sound rather terrifying. None of us is strong enough on our own to find that faith and trust merely within ourselves. But those abiding in Christ have the added luxury of Christ’s faith, enabling them to fight when others run, to conquer when others surrender: “Not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith,” (Philippians 3:9).
God will even help give us faith by putting us in positions that force us to trust Him: “… we were pressed out of measure, above strength, insomuch that we despaired even of life: But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God … in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us,” (2 Corinthians 1:8-10).
There comes a time when God responds with judgment to our persistent refusal to rely on Him. God is good, but He is also severe (Romans 11:22), so, when unction does not sever our binding relationship with His enemies, force will. Christians who turn to man for protection (physical as well as financial) are cursed of God: “Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm,” (Jeremiah 17:5). Christians who refuse to break their alliance with capitalist-backed security programs will fall with the Harlot – just like Israel fell when she aligned with Egypt, falsely believing that Egyptian horses, horsemen and chariots could secure her from an Assyrian attack. God condemned both parties to failure: “Woe to them that go down to Egypt for help; and stay on horses, and trust in chariots, because they are many; and in horsemen, because they are very strong; but they look not unto the Holy One of Israel, neither seek the LORD!... Now the Egyptians are men, and not God; and their horses flesh, and not spirit. When the LORD shall stretch out his hand, both he that helpeth shall fall, and he that is helped shall fall down, and they all shall fail together,” (Isaiah 31:1, 3).
Babylon was a city of profit-driven merchants – a city that was a Harlot in God’s eyes. Yet, although Christ removed the walls surrounding Babylon, the residents wouldn’t leave. Man does not turn away from an impure lifestyle until he senses the impact of its corruption on his life. Our covetousness must be slain by contentment and zeal for God, our self-sufficiency destroyed by trust in Him. We must all be satisfied what we have, seeking God with all our heart, confident that He will supply our every need. Only this way can we break our relationship with the Harlot, and do as God bid us to when He said, “Come out of her, my people.”
For more on Babylon, sin and the necessity of putting our trust in God, see my recently-published book, America's Role in Armageddon.