(Proverbs 13:18 KJV) Poverty and shame shall be to him that refuseth instruction: but he that regardeth reproof shall be honoured.
I believe that Solomon was thinking literally when he wrote this but often the leading of the Holy
Spirit causes more to be said than is said. I think there is a kind of mental and spiritual poverty that is included in this formula. It is not the “deep hidden meaning”, it is just part of the package. We as a country are deep in poverty of the mental and spiritual type. We are the richest in physical terms but are losing our edge in the areas that lay the foundation for tomorrow.
It is like the parts of Europe that have adopted socialism and are still seen as prosperous and wealthy. I think of Sweden. They are living on the wealth that capitalism brought them and still have bits of it remaining but the effects of socialism are slowing draining their resources. The same thing is happening to the church in America. While I think a church can be large and still be the church, it is very hard to avoid the compromises that always seem to creep in. Look at the cathedrals of Europe is you want to see the possible future of the American church.
So? I know I can’t reform the church. I doubt if you can. I can be a squeaky wheel. Who knows, if we get enough squeaky wheels maybe it will give new avenues for the Holy Spirit to work.