Social Security and the Arrogance of Man, Part I

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“If you confess with your mouth and  believe in your heart that God has raised him (Jesus) from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” Romans 10:9

A promise is a relatively simple thing to establish, but much harder to keep.

God has promised that “whosoever” believes that He, God, raised him (Jesus) from the dead shall be saved from the ultimate judgement that is to come.

By his nature, God can not lie.  What He says, He does and He has all the means necessary to fulfill his promises. Nothing can stop this promise from being fulfilled.  God has all the power, knowledge and authority to make this happen.

Man does not posses the qualities:  power, knowledge and authority, necessary to fulfill all our promises.  While humans have the ability to control their own actions, we do not have the ability to control the actions of others that may be necessary in the fulfillment of a promise.

“Honey, I promise to be faithful to you”.  That is something I have absolute control over.

“Honey, I promise to bring home stuffed eggplant from your favorite Mediterranean restaurant”.  I can stop at the restaurant, but what if they are sold out of the stuffed eggplant? My promise is dependent on another’s actions that are beyond my control.

Hence the problem with Social Security.  Politicians, in their collective limited knowledge of the present, making promises based future actions of others that they, the politicians, can not control and hoping that promise can be kept.

John Maynard Keynes, the progenitor of all things wrong with economic analysis, correctly stated, “In the long run we are all dead”.  He is dead, and his economic “long run” has become our economic “short run” and metaphorically speaking, we are the ones that are dead.

 

 

 

 

 

Create

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Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created……

There has been one creative act.  Only one.  The eternal God spoke into existence time, space and matter.  He formed matter in various classifications, placed the creation in space and measured it with time.  Since then there has been no creative act.

Man does not create.  Man simply refashions what is already in existence.  From a wooden pencil to a microchip to baked goods:  it is all a refashioning of what already exists. Man uses the physical law’s that God created and the materials that God created to bring about a vast array of stuff.

Unfortunately, sin has tainted the human race and the things it produces.

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This is contemporary art, and there are many such examples that could be used.  There is  no beauty or hope.  It is dark.  It demeans the individual and by extension, the individual’s creator.

But it does portray an accurate picture of the un-regenerate man: spiritually marred by sin and in a hopeless state.

And that is the problem with much of contemporary art; it offers no hope to a lost and dying world.  It reinforces a truth the artist knows intellectually and by experience:  Mankind has a serious problem.

But there is hope.  There is a God and He is real.

“For God so loved the world, that He gave his only begotten son…”

 

Easter and Religious Zealots

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The Easter Holiday has provided the world’s media a field day of religious zealotry.  My personal favorite this year is a story from Salon posted April  20th, 2014.

“So should Congress raise the minimum wage to celebrate Easter?

I think that would a perfect way of celebrating what Jesus actually stood for. This is a man who was not about income equality; this is a man who was about the reversal of the social order.”

The particulars of the individuals conversing is of no consequence.  It is the nature of the conversation that reveals the religious the zealotry.

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Since the Fall of Adam and Eve, man has been trying to sew the fig leaves of “good works” to please God; always failing to do so.

Easter is about one thing and one thing alone. The resurrection of Jesus Christ.  He was dead, buried and in the tomb.

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 Three days later God raised Him from the dead.  The proper way for any human, or congress for that matter, to celebrate the Resurrection is to fall on our individual faces and thank Him for His goodness to us.

However, the Zealots relive their guilt by sewing fig leaves to solve a non-existing problem (income inequality). Redistributing income through minimum wage laws won’t make anybody “moral”.  Good try, won’t work.  Guilt is assuaged by faith in the risen Christ.  Income inequality is solved by the individuals improving their labor skills.  Jesus was not “about the reversal of the social order”.  He was about the redemption of sinful mankind.

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The Lord’s teaching on labor relations was quite clear.  Employer’s and employees enter an agreement of exchange.  It is nobody’s business except for the employer, the employee and the Lord Himself.

 

How Evanglics Are Killing Conservatism

I have work that I need done.  I hire you for $10 for one day’s work.  You think the terms of the deal are fair, as do I, and you begin working.

I hire a second person, half way through the day, for $10 for one half of a day’s work.  You think the terms are fair, as do I, and you begin to work.

At the end of the day, I pay you both what I owe you.

Is it really anyone’s business how much I paid to either the workers, other than myself and the worker?  No.

Who is best to determine what is fair?  The parties involved – employer/employee- or some outside third party that has no “skin in the game”?

Unfortunately for the conservative movement, they have bought into a lie told by evangelic Christians who are attempting to establish social justice.

In the April 5th issue of Our Daily Bread, author Philip Yancey betrays Biblical principles and thus promotes an inaccurate worldview.

Yancey, a prominent Christian leader because he sells lots of books, quotes the parable of the workers, which I paraphrased above.  Then goes on to give his opinion,  “Jesus’ parable of the workers and their grossly unfair (italics mine) paychecks confronts this scandal head on”.

Conservatives have a hard enough time standing for principles of individualism, limited government and the right of property owners to posses and dispose of their property (real or intellectual) according to conscience and the dictates of scripture; the world does not need a capricious standard to follow.

If the workers and the employer agree, then what business is it of government, a labor board or any other arbitrary group to establish what is supposedly “fair” or “unfair”.

But by injecting his opinion, contrary to what the Bible is teaching, Yancey undermines the principles we embrace as conservatism that are derived from the text he misrepresents.

“Grace alone”, regardless of when it administered to recipients is the responsibility of the grantor, God, and the grantee, individual humans.

“Terms of employment” regardless of when it is preformed, is the responsibility of the grantor, the employer, and the grantee, the worker.  Not some arbitrary third party.

Unfortunately, Yancey and his kind are marching us to the one world, monolithic government; the antithesis of Christ’s Kingdom.

 

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Lesson #2 Wealth Accumulation

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“….what do you have that you have not received…?” I Corinthians 4:7

There are three ways to accumulate wealth:  Exchange, Inherit or Steal.

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Exchange

“Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents”  Matthew 25:16

The vast majority of humanity exchanges to accumulate wealth.  The most common exchange is employment.  I exchange my labor for my employer’s dollars.  At the heart of this, and all non-coerced, exchanges is the fact that both sides are moving from dissatisfaction to satisfaction (see Lesson #1).

I exchange my labor (Stuff – see lesson #1) because I am dissatisfied with my current situation and believe that an exchange will improve my life.

Employer’s exchange money (Stuff) because they are dissatisfied with their current situation and believe that an exchange will improve their life.

Thus, both parties voluntarily exchange stuff believing that the exchange will move each of them from dissatisfaction to satisfaction.

Through this exchange wealth is created. Both parties now have something they value more than what they exchanged.  I now have dollars that I value more than my labor and they have my labor that they value more than their dollars. You receive what has been exchanged.

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Inheritance

“And the LORD appeared unto Abram, and said, Unto thy seed will I give this land..”  Genesis 12:7

The easiest way to accumulate wealth is for it to be given to you.  You inherit it.  A family member who has used the principle of exchange to accumulate wealth leaves that wealth to you.  An unknown person sends you a $1,000,000.  You receive it what has been given.

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Theft

“Thou shalt not steal”  Exodus 20:15

The last way to accumulate wealth is to use force or coercion to separate wealth from the rightful owner who used exchange or inheritance to accumulate the wealth.  You take it from them. You do not receive it.

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Lesson #1 Stuff

Stuff

Proverbs 27:20 “Hell and destruction are never full, of the eyes of man are never satisfied”.

Humans want ‘stuff’.

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It might be as simple as a McDonald’s

Big Mac, or as esoteric as ‘peace of mind’.

We want stuff.  Tangible or intangible, real or imaginary; it does not matter.

 I may want ‘much’.  You may want ‘little’. Does not matter whether it is plenty or sparse; it is still stuff.

It is stuff that moves us from a place of dissatisfaction to satisfaction.

I am dissatisfied because I only have 6 rose bushes.  Consequently I buy 3 more and I am satisfied. I like roses.

You may have 6 automobiles and realize that you are dissatisfied with 6.  By ridding yourself of 3 automobiles you become satisfied. 

And those who purchased them, who were once dissatisfied, are now satisfied by purchasing your automobiles.



And a year from now, I may want more roses and you less automobiles. 
Our desire for stuff changes.

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I want ‘peace of mind’.  I read my Bible.

You want ‘peace of mind’.  You may visit a psychiatrist.

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I am helped by my Bible.  You are helped by a psychiatrist.

We both want to move from dissatisfaction to satisfaction.

 Thus, we organize our behavior to move from a position of dissatisfaction to satisfaction through acquiring stuff. This is economics.