You may be an American, African, Indian, East Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Middle Eastern, or from Latin America; this message is for all people from the four corners of the earth. I have been feeling the need to write this post for quite some time now because it is important for all of us to know the truth about Americans.I will begin by showing you a video clipping about a book that is considered to be a religious book like how the Bible has its scriptures to Christians and truth seekers alike. I MUST ADD THAT THIS VIDEO IS NOT USED AS A MISSIONARY TOOL TO RECRUIT PEOPLE TO JOIN ANY RELIGION, BUT TO MAKE A POINT ABOUT HOW PEOPLE CAN BE ARROGANT AS WELL AS HOW PEOPLE STRUGGLE IN THEIR DAILY LIVES.
After viewing the video please come back and join me so we can continue with Part 1 of The First Shall Be Last and the Last Shall Be First blog post. It is important to illustrate how some Americans give off an air of arrogance as people that represent American values and the American way of life. Of course not all Americans are this way! There are many good Americans that do donate money to countries that suffer tragedies, and of course we have our social problems as well.
It is about a man named Lehi and his dream concerning his sons and how his sons were at different points in their life. The dream was originally a dream of warning to his sons, of whom he was concerned about their future. Just as some families have rebellious children, Lehi too had sons that were rebellious and prideful. It is also a good illustration of what the ” Tree of Life ” is symbolic to.
God wants to reason with man providing man would seek Him and as a result man would find true happiness and peace within. There is however a problem with the stubbornness and pridefulness of some American people that represents the American people. I am speaking about the prideful people living in the big white house on the hill that would look down on people below. Our god maybe different that the gods of other countries throughout the world but all in all we do worship a “Supreme Being “.
The point to be made is that all of us have to believe in a ” Higher Source “ of some sort. So why is religion such a problem to man, and why can we not live together in peace? Why does there have to be arrogance and violence over religious beliefs and not allowing people the right to believe the way they do. However, we must stand against violence of any kind as well as standing for people that suffer human rights violations and tyranny.
It is this big white house on the hill mindset that people adopt in order to feel superior. There is however, a problem with extremism when it comes to any religion. The fanatical zealot cannot allow anyone to believe how they want to believe. There is in any religion a sect of people that are extreme. You do not have to be branded as an extremist Muslim when there are good people that are Muslims as much as there are extremists in the Mormon, Lutheran, and other religions of faith too. It is this big house on the hill mindset that sets people apart from each other. Is there a matter of concern when it comes to dealing with extremists? Yes, most certainly there is!
I do not claim to have the answers when it comes to extremist behaviors, especially when tied to the Muslim faith that has been perverted for the so called sake of Allayah. It cannot spill over to allow the United States and the individual states to allow human rights violations such as it is in Sharia Law. One could say that the victims of Sharia Law are the people that are holding on to the ” Iron Rod “.
Shall we go into a different direction and cover the aspects of human behavior. We will start with how people believe that Americans have a lot of money. Well, I hate to burst your bubble but, most Americans are living on the edge of going under financially. There are the wealthy and there is also a group that I will label as the ” I want to be rich ” people. They want the things of the world when they cannot afford them.
Irregardless of what people around the world believe about us being wealthy, here is the study they did back in 2009:
Poverty in the United States is cyclical in nature with roughly 13 to 17% of Americans living below the federal poverty line at any given point in time, and roughly 40% falling below the poverty line at some point within a 10-year time span. Poverty is defined as the state of one who lacks a usual or socially acceptable amount of money or material possessions. Approximately 43.6 (14.3%) million Americans were living in poverty in 2009, up from 39.8 million (13.2%) in 2008.
The government’s definition of poverty is not tied to an absolute value of how much an individual or family can afford, but is tied to a relative level based on total income received. For example, the poverty level for 2011 was set at $22,350 (total yearly income) for a family of four. Most Americans (58.5%) will spend at least one year below the poverty line at some point between ages 25 and 75. There remains some controversy over whether the official poverty threshold over- or understates poverty.
The most common measure of poverty in the United States is the “poverty threshold” set by the U.S. government. This measure recognizes poverty as a lack of those goods and services commonly taken for granted by members of mainstream society. The official threshold is adjusted for inflation using the consumer price index.
Relative poverty describes how income relates to the median income, and does not imply that the person is lacking anything. In general the United States has some of the highest relative poverty rates among industrialized countries, reflecting both the high median income and high degree of inequality. In terms of pre-transfer absolute poverty rates, in 2000 the United States ranked tenth among sixteen developed countries, though 2000 was a ‘trough’ year and subsequently absolute poverty rates have increased. The US does worse in post-transfer absolute poverty rates. According to a 2008 report released by the Carsey Institute at the University of New Hampshire, on average, rates of poverty are persistently higher in rural and inner city parts of the country as compared to suburban areas. The number of people in the U.S. who are in poverty is increasing to record levels with the ranks of working-age poor approaching 1960s levels that led to the national war on poverty.
This is a sobering fact about how much people are living on the edge because living in the United States is very expensive. While I am on the subject of poverty and statistics here is another sobering fact that people should know about the United States.
There are people all over the world that are hungry and are very poor. We have hunger in our country too and it is not that we have favor from God more than any country that suffers. What it means is that when we as United States citizens are poor it hurts more than it does with people from other countries that are used to being poor. We have more of the sting of adversity because we live in a country that costs more than what it does to live in other countries. For instance the average rent is:
Overall median costs: $684 per month
$718/month for homeowners
$651/month for renters
Those living in relatively new buildings (4 years old or less) have a median cost of $1049 per month. As many of the people around the world envy Americans or should we say hate us for the way we live it is not the necessarily the truth by how we live. If you really want to know the truth about America, we are in debt up to our eyeballs. There is an overwhelming sense of fear that comes over the average American for us to keep from going under. It is very expensive to live in the United States. The point is for whatever it is worth, the hatred and envy of the world is a delusion. It is the blindness of most people around the world that wants to live in the U.S., but there is a huge price to pay and the funny thing about it is that most people do not know what it takes to live here. One could say that it is a long hard fall from grace when we go under because it is not normally the way of life for us to be dirt poor.
There is however, people that are born into wealthy families and they have the DNA business smarts to take advantage of opportunities that most of us are not privileged to. What I mean is the old addage as ” it takes money to make money”. If you do not have money then it is up to a person to be creative by creating an opportunity for themselves. It is hard for someone to come out of poverty because of the mindset that is ingrained in their thought patterns. I know because I have been homeless twice in the last fifteen years.
While people are living in the ” big white house ” on the hill, they have no idea how people down below are suffering. It is like their arrogance blinds them and they do not care much to know either. It is the people that are poverty stricken that are the ones that are holding onto the ” iron rod “. We know that if we let go of the iron rod we will be consumed by life’s adversity and we do not have much of the resources to recover.
It is by using the ” Powers of Attraction” that a person has to have in order to achieve wealth, but it may not be what you believe wealth to be in its entirety. There is a spiritual aspect to wealth because we have to understand what wealth is and how to apply the principles to wealth that will bring us wealth. In other words if we do not respect money, money is a gift that comes from God based by how we treat it. It is pretty much the same with love. Money and love will go play with people that respects it and it will elude those who seek to abuse it either by pridefulness, manipulating people, and/or selfishness by not giving a portion of their substance to serve mankind. It is funny how people seek money never find it!
The better part of being rich is the enriched relationships we have with others. It is the meaning of life and our ability to have enriched the lives by serving others and is NOT necessarily the riches we seek from the world. It is the American way to give to nations that suffer natural disasters or human rights violations. Most Americans that give have an understanding of what it takes to be enriched by what Gods gives us and to use what we get from HIM to be used for building up God’s Kingdom here on earth. Sure there are some people that are wealthy and are closed fisted about how they spend their money. Unfortunately they do not use it for righteous purposes. This maybe what foreigners see and they believe the most Americans are like the people who they see or read about.
It is strange to think that their money will mean nothing when the American dollar collapses and they will have a very difficult time to find something that will replace the dollar. I guess it is God’s way of filtering out the people that do not use the money for good, and the money that was given to them comes from the Creator of that money. Great shall be their fall when their house that has been built on a sandy foundation shall come crashing down and their life will become meaningless.
In part 2 I will be covering more of the spiritual aspects of wealth so that our readers will be able to understand why we have what we have and why other nations do not have much. When we understand the meaning of things, we are able to understand that there is always two sides to the story. If it were not so, then we would view God as being favorable to a selected few by giving to them and not to us who need it the most. Things should make sense to you whom seek truth about how loving and giving God really is to man. We will understand when we look at the big picture by bringing in the Eternal prospective of our mortal experience. We will also find out why President Obama and the liberal agenda to redistribute wealth and how it will not work in today’s society.
I hope you will join me in Part 2!