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Prosperity through Obedience

The following article was written from my 14-year-old daughter Charity, about a novel she read Uncle Tom's Cabin.

When Americans owned slaves, a popular fallacy was, without slavery, our nation will fail. In Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin, we see a complete failure of Americans to protect life and liberty, and a lack of trust in God to care for them when they submit to Him. History and scripture have deemed it obvious that only when nations follow God's law and obey Him, will He bless them.

God will not allow a nation to prosper when they reject Him. God clearly states in his word, "If ye turn away, and forsake My statutes and My commandments, which I have set before you and shall go and serve other gods, and worship them; Then will I pluck them out by the roots out of My land which I have given them; and this house, which I have sanctified for My name, will I cast out of My sight, and will make it to be a proverb and a byword among all nations." George Washington said, "The propitious smiles of Heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right which Heaven itself has ordained." People should always abide by God's ways instead of their own, as His laws are perfect and meant for our good.

God's laws are designed to protect and preserve the nations.  If a country fails to obey his laws, they will eventually be the recipients of His judgment. This was evident to one of our heroines in the story, as she says, "Obeying God never brings on public evils. I know it can't. It's always safest, all around, to do as He bids us." Mrs. Bird understood that it is safest to obey Him, as His law was designed to keep us safe and happy. Deuteronomy 5:29 says, "O that there were such an heart in them, that they would fear Me, and keep all My commandments always, that it might be well with them, and with their children for ever!" History shows that rebellion against His commandments will only bring strife, hardship, war and pain.

No nation has ever stood when they fail to obey God. Rome is a perfect example of a nation that was impervious to the truth of God's word. These citizens of antiquity watched for sport as thousands of Christians where slaughtered in their Coliseum by gladiators and wild animals. They showed utter contempt for innocent human life.  The Vandals came in the year 455, and they spent fourteen days sacking the city of Rome. The beautiful city of Rome was lost to its enemies. Judgment also came for the American people during the time they owned slaves, as millions of American men and boys died in a bloody Civil War only ten years after Uncle Tom's Cabin was written. History, the perfection of God's laws, and the promises in His word all show that a nation is headed straight for judgment when they forsake Him and His word.

It is clear that God will not bless the nation that rejects His word as the standard for law and order. Let us search our hearts and fall on our knees in prayer for our nation. In 2 Chronicles 7:14, it says, "If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves and pray, then I will hear from heaven and forgive their sin, and will heal their land."