I am Ethiopian, and the bible says Ethiopia was one of the best countries in ancient times, but now this country is poor. How does this work with what the Bible says?

Hello M,

Thank you for contacting BibleAsk.

Indeed, Ethiopia is mentioned several times in the Bible. Ethiopia was a great country at the time, like Egypt, the Bible records that it often times made war against the Israelites. Making mention of a country in the Bible doesn’t ensure that the country will always be a great nation. For example, Egypt was one of the mightiest countries of Bible times, and now, it is a poor country. Babylon, which is now in the province of Iraq, was extremely rich and powerful empire, yet now, the Babylonians have become extinct.

Whether a person is from Ethiopia or another nation, the Bible gives us the good news that “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:28). Christianity subordinates the role of race and nationality to the principle of the brotherhood of all men (Acts 17:26). In Christ’s kingdom all are covered with the same garment of Christ’s righteousness, which they receive by faith in Jesus Christ.

“But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ” (Philippians 3:20). The Christian needs a constant awareness of the fact that he is a citizen of heaven. Yet attachment to one’s country leads him to be loyal to it. Wherever he may be living he will conduct himself in a way that will honor the good name of his country. Keeping in mind the kind of life we expect to live in heaven, serves to guide us in our life on earth. The purity, humility, gentleness, and love we anticipate experiencing in the life to come may be demonstrated here below. Our actions should disclose that we are citizens of heaven. And our association with others should make heaven attractive to them.

In His service,

The BibleAsk Team

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