“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.” Psalm 33:12
American is a land flowing with milk and honey. It is estimated that the United States has $45 trillion in natural resources. It has over 13% of the world’s coal. It has huge resources of timber. It has sizeable deposits of natural gas, oil, gold, and copper. America has vast farmlands, plentiful water resources, a pleasant climate, and safe harbors. In addition, the United States has high worker productivity and a strong industrial base.
The United States has geographical advantages. It is not bordered by enemies, such as the nation of Israel is. While the issue of immigration is an important one, Mexico is not an enemy state. Those who cross the border illegally do so primarily for economic advantage, not warfare. The border between the United States and Canada is the longest demilitarized border in the world. That the United States borders both the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans gives it access to shipping lanes. The oceans also serve as a natural defense. It’s access to both oceans gives it the opportunity to control them both militarily. The United States is physically and literally the economic center of the world.
The United States is the largest economy in the world. It’s Gross Domestic Product is about 20 trillion dollars. Second is the European Union at 17 trillion. China’s GDP is 12 trillion. Canada’s is 1.6 trillion. Mexico’s is 1.1 trillion. The United States has the world’s most influential financial market, the New York Stock Exchange being the largest in terms of market capitalization. The U.S. has the largest consumer market in the world, with household consumption expenditure being five times larger than Japan.
Median household income in the United States is about $60,000 per year. Russia is twice as large as the United States and has twice the potential natural resources, but its median income is under $10,000 per year. Brazil’s is $8,800. China’s is $8,200. Cuba’s is $6,500. India’s is $1,600. Afghanistan’s is $600.
What is the secret to America’s prosperity? It is, in part, a land flowing with natural resources. It is also a capitalist and democratic system that allows economic freedom. This freedom creates the incentive and ability for people to use their God-given talents to create, innovate, and produce. The Protestant work ethic reminds us that work is a good gift from God and that we are put here on earth to be productive. In addition, Christianity has given us a moral framework that has created an honest, compassionate culture that seeks to do good in our nation and in the world.
We should remember the words of the psalm. “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.” For all these things our greatest strength is our faith in God. It is ultimately God’s blessing that we need more than anything else. With it we will be strong. Without it even this great nation will fall into decay. Let us therefore always remember to pray for our nation, so that we will be godly, good, and pleasing in God’s sight.
With Warm Regards,