America is an experiment in self-government, successful only if the citizens remain moral. The law of liberty works only if we obey God's Commandments.
If God's Law has not been written in our hearts, the corporate entity in which we find ourselves will not save us from the wrong side of the judgmental cut.
Often physical prosperity works against godly character and spiritual well-being. To be rich toward God means to seek His Kingdom first, live His way, and trust Him.
Without daily contact with God in prayer and Bible study, and without continual contact with the brethren, we may lose the determination to persevere.