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Finding Scripture: Money and Nationalism Worksheet and Journal Essay

Money:
Matthew 6:19-24 – This verse is telling us that the material things that we have here on earth are not important, the treasures that we are earning while we are here on earth for when we get to heaven are the things that are important. The size of our store house depends on what we do for the Lord while we are here on earth. Matthew 19:16-30 – This passage is telling us that in order for us to inherit the kingdom of God, we must follow Christ wholeheartedly and be born again. If we do not follow Christ we will not inherit the Kingdom of God. 1 Timothy 6:10 – The verse is telling us that we shouldn’t love money because it can be our ultimate downfall. It can be coveted by some, and it can detour us from our faith. Colossians 3:23-25 – That if we are going to serve the Lord, we need to do it with a good attitude and do it wholeheartedly without griping and complaining. And if we serve Christ while we are here on earth we will receive rewards in heaven. Matthew 25:14-29 – Whatever the Lord gives us he will bless it, if we remember to give back to him of what we have. We can’t be selfish; we have to give freely wholeheartedly. Malachi 3:10 – Whatever we have we need to give a tenth of everything we have. Our tithe belongs to the Lord, and we need to remember to always pay him first. And God will always bless what you have. God will continually bless you if you give freely to him.

Write 2-3 sentences explaining how the six passages above might shape the Christian worldview regarding Money: These verses remind us of how important it is to give God our time, our money, and anything we have wholeheartedly. We owe God a tenth of everything we have. God will continually bless us, if we give it without griping and complaining. Anything we do for the Lord, whether we serve him, we need to do it in the right attitude. God loveth a cheerful giver. Give a brief summary after each passage listed below.

Nationalism:
Mark 12:13-17 – I believe this passage is talking about our loyalties to Christ and our loyalties to man. Romans 13:1-7 – Paul is telling Christians about how they should be obedient to the government, but how God is our ultimate authority, he is all powerful over anything else. Daniel 3:1-30 – The verse is telling us the story of Shadrach, Mescach and Obedigo, how back then King Nebuchadnezzar had a image that was set up, and he ordered that everyone bow down to worship it, well these three boys refused to bow down and worship it, they believed in the one true God. So the king had them thrown into the fiery furnace. Well when they threw them in, they looked and noticed that the three men were walking around in the furnace, along with one other person, which was the Son of God. So the King ordered the men to get them out, and when they got them out, the king acknowledged that there was only one true God, and that was the God who had delivered these three men out of the fiery furnace. Daniel 6:1-28 – This passage is talking about King Darius and David, and how they were trying to find fault again Daniel, but when they talked to him they could find no fault or anything else, except the fact that He obeyed the Law of God.

Write 2-3 sentences explaining how the four passages immediately above might shape the Christian worldview regarding Nationalism: These passages are telling us that even though we have a government and people that are in high positions, we must still obey them, but God is our ultimate authority, and He is all powerful and all-knowing above anyone else and above everything else.

See Part 2 of this assignment on the next page.

Part 2 – Journal on Nationalism
Use the space below to compose a journal of 250-500 words on nationalism by answering the following: Is there ever a reason for a citizen of any country to reject obeying the laws of the land if those rulers do not uphold that country’s values and self-regulations? Whether your response is “Yes” or “No,” please provide reasoning for your answer by explaining your answer in terms of your worldview. Well first of all, we can define Nationalism as a belief, when members of a entire nation, have similar goals, and common interest in other things, and they differ from many other people. I personally do not believe there is ever a reason for anyone not to obey the laws of a land, even if those ruler do not uphold that country’s values and self regulations.

I’m sure there have been times in the past when other people from other countries did not want to obey certain rules, but I’m sure it can be very hard when you come from another country and you are so used to living with different rules and regulations, and then you come to our country and there are also different laws to follow. So yes I would say it is a reason for this to happen. My view on Nationalism is, is that we all have a government, and even though God is our ultimate power, it is still important for us to follow the rules of our government. It tells us in the book of Daniel, how we should obey our government and then also obey God. These passages are telling us that even though we have a government and people that are in high positions, we must still obey them, but God is our ultimate authority, and He is all powerful and all-knowing above anyone else and above everything else. It is so hard sometimes to do the right thing, but with God he will make it better.


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