Lives of Privilege

“So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?'” Matthew 6:31*

We live abnormally in the West.  Having running water in your home, let alone clean water, is abnormal.  Having a comfortable, or perhaps too large, home with heating and air conditioning is abnormal.  Having a toilet to flush is abnormal, and so is having a sparkling porcelain shower to step into each morning.  Our bank account (even if it’s empty!)… abnormal!  That refrigerator with plenty in it, full of good food and junk food you were able to get from the superstore down the street… all abnormal!  Compared to many on today’s earth and all people of now passed generations, we in the West and westernized nations have immense privilege.  So what happens if we lose all those privileges?  How do people survive with out all of that stuff?  What do you rely on when you do not have electricity?  Are you worried, in economically uncertain times, how you can make do without, if it came to that?

“Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So do not be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” Matthew 10:29-31*

I am grateful for the privileges I was born with, but one storm can blow them away.  Lately, I have realized faith needs to be all out and all in the Lord, not in circumstances and surroundings. Privilege is not a right, and it is never guaranteed.  Satan long ago scripted chaos, rust, and rot into the world.  No one is immune to his trouble causing dirty work.  In fact, he probably most enjoys sowing trouble in a Christians life, and watching our faith waver.  Whatever happens to us in the future, whether we still have all our privileges or not, God is- and was- and will be forever.  Let us put all our faith in Him alone.

Love, 
Rachel

*New International Version (NIV) Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society

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