There has been much in the news about how the American economy is thriving. According to Market Watch, the stock market has risen more under President Trump than any president since 1945. According to Fortune, the unemployment rate is nearing a 17 year low as over 200,000 jobs are added each month. Many Americans will see lower taxes in the coming years because Congress recently passed a large overhaul of our outdated tax system. Not only will average Americans see lower taxes but corporations will also see a 15% cut in corporate taxes which will mean more investment and more jobs in the economy. All of this is good news for American families.
Not only does all this help American families, it is good news specifically for Christian families. Genesis 2:15 says, “The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and keep it.” Psalm 128:1-2 says, “Blessed is everyone who fears the Lord, who walks in his ways! You shall eat the fruit of the labor of your hands; you shall be blessed, and it shall be well with you.” Lastly, 2 Thessalonians 3: 10-12, “For even when we were with you, we would give you this command: If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat. For we hear that some among you walk in idleness, not busy at work, but busybodies. Now such persons we command and encourage in the Lord Jesus Christ to do their work quietly and to earn their own living.” Each of these passages in God’s word, along with many others, encourage believers to work diligently to provide for themselves and their loved ones.
If you ever travel to an impoverished country you’ll quickly notice how blessed we are in America to have a capitalist economy. The history of the American dream is full of examples of men and women who achieved greatness by working hard. What does a thriving American economy provide beyond money in the pocket of its citizens? It provides a country in which hard work and integrity are, in many ways, restored to American families.
You might ask, “Do we need money to work hard and practice integrity?” The answer is, “No.” Integrity and hard work are characteristics that Christians should possess no matter their situation. However, it is hard to display a good work ethic when someone can’t find a job because few businesses are hiring. This has been the case for some families throughout the past few decades. Months of job searching without success can lead to discouragement and can also lead people to rely on the government to take care of their family. This can be demoralizing if you’re the husband and father who has been the primary breadwinner. Or if you’re the single mom trying to provide for your kids. A once thriving economy in America has been crippled by over regulation and over taxation in past years.
The good news, however, is that we now have a president who cares about restoring the American dream. President Trump has committed to lowering taxes and bringing jobs back to America. He has succeeded at both in his first year in office. America is working and thriving again! Thank you, Mr. President.