A question of Prosperity
A number of years ago my wifes mother who is from Ecuador, asked me a question. She asked “why is the UK better off than Ecuador?”. To be honest at the time I didn’t know the answer, but over time I have kept coming back to this question over and over again. I still do not have a definite answer and probably never will but I have ideas to put forward.
Some people would argue that it is down to climate, but in the case of Ecuador this is not an issue because as a country in is very rich in natural resources. Actually in many ways it much richer in natural resources than the UK, but unfortunately most of these resources are in the hands of the few who have continually mismanaged them over the years.
A number of months ago I came up with another suggestion from a very unlikely source. I was listening to a world football phone in when someone asked the panalist “what was the major difference between football in Latin America and the UK?” The Panalist answered that it partly came down to the difference in religion. What he meant by this was that in Latin America, which is predominatly Catholic, they follow the Catholic philosphy of Style. In otherwords they where more concerned about something, in this case their football, looking good at the expence of getting the job done. On the other hand the UK followed the philosphy known as the Protestant work ethic. This he said meant that people here where more concerned about getting the job done even if it didn’t look the best. Maybe there is some truth to this, but I will leave it up to you to decide.
Now I come to what I believe to be the centrepiece of why one country may prosper and others don’t (although things aren’t always as black and white). For me it comes down to what a nation does in regard to their relationship with the Jews and the state of Israel. In Gen 12:3 it says “I will bless those who bless you, but I will curse anyone who curses you.” Many countries round the world who seem to be living in prosperity today are only like that because of their history in that they helped the Jews or Israel at some point. But countries which have cursed Israel have falled into decline. At the beginning of the 20th Centre there was 3 major empires, The Russian, German and British, each of these empires is long gone and in my opinion it is because of their treatment of Israel and the Jews. At the inaugeration of Rafael Correa (The president of Ecuador) Who did he have as his guest of honour? None other than the Terrorist Ahmadinejad the dictator of Iran who said publicly at the UN that he wanted to see the end of Israel and the destruction of the Jews. How can any country expect preosperity from the God of Israel, The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob when you invite just an evil man to your country.
On the other hand Nations which bless Israel will prosper. In 1973 after the Yom Kippur war the country of Zambia in Africa broke off diplomatic relations with Israel. What followed was a disaterous famine which wrecked the country. In 1991 Frederick Chiluba became president and he immediately reestablished diplomatic ties with Israel and supported them in any way that they could. Things started getting better in the country. Within months the famine had ended and country become more stable. Today Zambia along with countries like Botswana are some of the few success stories in Africa.
While I may not have answered the question “why Ecuador isn’t as well off as the UK?” I think I have answered the question how a country can begin to move forward in prosperity.