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How Unbiblical Morality Results in Unbiblical Economics - Part 2

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December 3, 2021 7:00 pm

How Unbiblical Morality Results in Unbiblical Economics - Part 2

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December 3, 2021 7:00 pm

GUEST: CAL BEISNER, author, Biblical Foundations for Economics

The government printing and spending trillions of dollars on social programs or paying able-bodied people to not work or taxing the income-producing to fund all manner of “entitlements”—food, health care, housing, education, child care, retirement—have become commonplace in American society.

Three weeks ago (Nov. 13, 2021) in part 1 of our program on economics, Cal Beisner, director of the Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation, defined economics as “moral philosophy applied to man’s marketplace relationships.” In other words, one’s moral worldview will lead to certain economic policies.

For example, the moral judgment that “No one should go hungry in America” or “Everyone deserves a place to live” or “Health care is a human right” results in economic policies that feed, house, and care for people, even if the recipient is unwilling to contribute through work or payment.

And then there’s the view that work is oppressive and unjust, as in the Marxist worldview where the employer is seen as the subjugator of the employee, leading to redistributive policies by government that aim to achieve “equity”. Sound familiar?

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How on Google morality results in biblical economics today is part two of that topic right here on the Christian worldview radio program where the mission is to sharpen the biblical worldview of Christians and to proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ. I didn't read the host website is the Christian Thank you for listening to the program for supporting the ministry of the Christian worldview. Also thank you to our national sponsor Samaritan ministries who provide a biblical solution to healthcare as Christians pay one another's medical bills. You can find out the government printing and spending trillions of dollars on social programs or paying able-bodied people to not work, or taxing the income producing to find all manner of court" entitlements. Whether it's food or healthcare, housing, education, childcare retirement have become commonplace in American society three weeks ago. That was back on November 13, 2021. In part one of our program in economics Kalb Eisner, director of the Cornwall Alliance for the stewardship of creation defined economics as moral philosophy applied to man's marketplace relationships. In other words, one's moral worldview drives economic policies. So for example the moral judgment that "no one should go hungry in America or everyone deserves a place to live or healthcare is a human right results in economic policies that feed house in care for people, even if the recipient is unwilling to contribute through work or payment. And then there's the view that work is oppressive and unjust as in the Marxist worldview where the employer is seen as the subjugated of the employee, leading to redistributive policies by government that aim to achieve court." Equity that sound familiar today so today in the program are going to hear part two of our interview with Kalb Eisner and then get to the New Testament biblical principle that if anyone is not willing to work, then he is not to eat either and how important of an economic principle that is.

But first let's hear from Kalb Eisner.

In part two of our interview all right kill let's move on to some of the economic ideas that Christians consistently get wrong.

Isaac chrysalis this deal with the more conservative Christians like to say the evangelical world you you write in your book 19 century linguist RC trench had this famous quote the road to hell is paved with good intentions or something like that. Another words, there's, there's, you can have good intentions about things and they can totally leave in the wrong direction. Other words and good intentions don't justify bad policies or bad ideas. Absolutely.

So what are the top one or two economic ideas that evangelical Christians get wrong or maybe we Artie cover one of them that that the pies only so big if. If I win you lose maybe is one of about one of the top one or two that you seem that if you could talk to Christians he'll hook don't think this way.

That's an un-biblical way of thinking about economics and finance. One of the first would be easiest to fall into and that is I see somebody you need. I see somebody who's homeless or she may be hungry.

Maybe Bill closed and I see the need and immediately out of compassion.

I want to hand him some money. Now my compassion is good but the handling of the money may actually not necessarily because sometimes that's actually what's needed immediately but may instead be a part of a pattern that reinforces for this person. The notion that she does not have to be responsible for himself when children are born to us, they come to us truly helpless if we don't feed them and clean them and clothe them in the house. The blue they will die and they cannot do anything to prevent that. So it's appropriate for us to take care of children by simply meeting all their needs. But as they age. As the mature bit by bit, they need to learn and embrace responsibilities because eventually we parents are going to be all their lives. At the very latest. When we die and are going to have to be able to take care of themselves so we treated.

We teach them the mentality we teach them the physical skills we teach them the values that would lead them to be responsible to take care of themselves to to work hard to produce to offer things of value to other people in exchange, and thus to support themselves. No why would I think that when I find this person who is hungry, homeless, ill clothes, ill housed that I should treat him as I would a newborn infant doesn't make sense. She's an adult and four, as indeed it might be best for me to immediately take him to the nearest fast food restaurant and get him a quick meal to stave off his hunger much more needs his help in building up those attitudes. Those values those skills necessary for him to to take care of himself.

I'm forgetting no was put somebody pretty famous person once said, if you really want to help the poor. The first thing you must do is not be one of the right because you can't give if you don't have right so you have to have to take care of yourself and then rather than just doing handouts. We need to help people to embrace responsibilities and and learn skills. So I think probably the compassion proven instantaneous scourge to to just give to just transfer money, whether as an individual, voluntarily or as a society through transfer payments, the desire to just flat out given transfer money driven by compassion action becomes destructive.

This talk about. For example, in wonderful book by my old friend of Brian Fricker covenant College called one helping hurts. But since than many others have recognized the same thing but unfortunately the pattern still exists that the almost instantaneous reaction to seeing someone in need is give may not be giving is what's most important.

There are please not giving of money. It might be instead of giving no time to help somebody learns and skills that the response to that you would hear and evangelical say would be well it's not up to me it's from a standpoint of what they do with it. I just I did the right thing. According to my heart and giving but again, the road to hell is paved with good intentions. I'm not using hell in a in a trivial way. There because you can be entrenching someone more in sin by just giving something to someone that's going to going to cement them further in their enslavement to sin. Like if you diskette augments the person the street if you does give the money will they go where the liquor store and thereby more drugs and and now they're there, they're worse off for your your compassion, your good intentions Kalb Eisner with us today here on the Christian worldview radio program were talking about his book, the 56 page book biblical foundations for economics. It's available for a donation of any amount to the Christian worldview is an excellent book we have that are website links, we can order a copy of the Christian okay count one of the things you'll sheer frequently evangelical say the point asked to, you know the passage that it is early church, the believers had shared all things, they had all things in common.

They sold all their possessions they gave them to the church and so there's like a socialistic mentality that they'll say that that was what that was and therefore that is a situation that is the economic dynamic that that would work best in society.

Another words, it's socialism which has a pejorative connotation to it.

Now, in America at least in most of America at least, but you'll get the sense that evangelical so that's really the way you know an economy should work toward people share your view of extra news Excel and give to others and everyone kinda becomes equal after that, refute that particular notion that many Christians have. I think that notion comes partly from just not thinking carefully through the texts in acts two and ask for but had all things in common with the this whole putting salute due to poorly distributed so the better. So the no one's needs are unmet. The text has some really clear pointers toward the fact that this really does not support any sort of a mandatory redistribution of wealth. For one thing, the tenants of the Greek verbs when were told people sold lands or houses or whatever, and gave to the leaders of the church, the apostles, who then sought to. Things went to those who are in need, the verbs are in what in Greek is called the imperfect tense that that denotes an action that has begun in the past and is continuing over time, so it might really be better to translate. They were selling right.

It's not that somebody noticed indeed and instantly sold everything that he had and everybody in the church did this and therefore now everything just gets divvied up equally among everybody, it's that somebody sees a need any figures are all I can sell this and meet that need.

Does later on he sees another need and he says I can sell that and that and so does. But meanwhile the house the field, whatever it is and remains his until he actually sells it and he has control over it and ends selling and giving are voluntary, not involuntary, that becomes really clear from acts chapter 5 the very opening versus their and the story of Ananias and Sapphire are members of the church and to sell the property and they bring part of the price. Ananias does the price to the apostles, but he lies and says it's the whole price and Peter says to him, Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit. While this was yours wasn't under your control. Even after you sold it to have power over the proceeds I'm paraphrasing here, by the way, but you can read the text will see that this is fair since you've not lied to men but to God and immediately Ananias felt good and was carried out later on. Sapphire comes from the apostles as well. Did you select for. So as such and such an amount she says yes. Well, that was the amount Ananias lied saying that the sold for, and she drops to know what's crucial in computers to Ananias is while it was yours before it was sold wasn't under your authority to ensure you have the choice over it. There's no denial of private property rights. Here, there is no assertion of mandatory giving by anybody to anybody. There is, instead, the realization that private property owners should be moved by compassion for those in need to help those in need and whatever might be the best ways to do so, but you cannot force them to do so. Some people will say well she know it isn't the loving thing to do. Sure loving may very well be giving or spending time teaching somebody skills we can go out and get a job and earn for himself. That may very well be loving but the moment it's forced it's not love anymore right you know it's not it's not accidental that are word charity comes from the Greek word Connie toss or Connie's produce is grace. What is, but what is grace cannot be justice distinguishes those Romans grace and justice so as not cognizant church in acts, the Christian worldview returns in just a moment the original stalwart solution created a colony in the howling New England winter just so they can worship cording to the dictates of conscience, far more influence on world history than they have ever imagined. The seeds of liberty, both religious liberty and civil liberty. The idea of self-government and rule from within. All these are within that body of pilgrims. The proceeding is from the pilgrims 57 minute documentary of the inspiring story and faith of these Christians who greatly impacted our nation. You can order the DVD for a donation of any amount to the Christian worldview go to the Christian or call 1888 646-2233 right to Box 401, Excelsior, MN 55331 that's 1888 646-2233 or the Christian David Wheaton here volunteer host of the Christian Realty radio program. Listeners are often surprised to learn that we as a ministry pay for airtime on the radio station website or app on which you hear the program. The primary way this expense is recouped is through listeners like you donating to the ministry or becoming a monthly partner. Our aim is to have each broadcast outlet fully supported by the listeners to that outlet. If you are a regular listener.

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Now back to today's program with host David Wheaton calculation with us today in the Christian Realty were talking about his book local foundations for economics is a 56 page booklet you can get it for a donation of any amount to the Christian Realty really highly recommended.

This will really help you think clearly with regard to economics be great for you students who are in your life really anyone to understand what is going on today and I want to talk. Cal now, but what is going on today and ask you some current event questions help preface it by reading a one more paragraph in the book you'd refer to Adam Smith, and we talked about a lot and in the interview, you say, although he was a man of means and education. He was the friend of common people whom he often saw living miserably at or near the level of animals. His concern was to improve their well-being, royalty and nobility goes with all the means the money he recognize had a little trouble acquiring what they needed in life, often by the forced labor of others. Smith's interest was in improving the conditions of the least among people common day laborers and that interest drove him to redefine not only wealth but also what it meant for a nation to be wealthy. For Smith wealth was not gold and silver.

It was not money.

Instead, it was the ability to acquire the necessities and even the pleasantries of life and for him. A nation's wealth was measured not only by the money in its royal coffers, but by the ability of its common people who comprise the great majority of the population nobility right comprise no more than two or 3%. It was the ability of this minority labor class are the common people to purchase what they needed and wanted. That's from your book biblical foundation for economics that we see in our society today you always. It is the top 10%. The top 1% have I can remember what percentage of the wealth that the top 1% has in our society, but seen as being immoral that the investment class in our society they get wealthy. No matter what happens in in in society.

While the working class, the common people struggle.

This is seen as a a strike against your multiple strikes against the idea of capitalism. This is the Achilles' heel of capitalism. Some does get fantastically wealthy, but most really can't improve their condition in life, something Adam Smith was trying to be able to do. Therefore, capitalism is a failure and we need to have more government redistribution so what you make of ours. Our society economically.

Right now, whether is 1% has a very high percentage of all the wealth in our society. Where is the more common people struggle to keep up with inflation in the cost-of-living and all these other things, the distribution of income for the comparison of income at various different levels in society and of wealth at any given moment.

You can't just point at the outcome and say that's good or that's bad. What you have to be looking at is how did that outcome get to be the outcome. Let's take a society that consists of you and me.

I, and I rob your house of all the valuables in it and I take them away and now in our society. I have 99.9% of all the wealth and you have .1% of all the wealth right now we would very very quickly say there's something really wrong about this. But what's wrong is not that I have 91.9% you have .1 is how I got that 99.9% and if instead what happened was you out of the tremendous generosity of your heart decided to give me all of her possessions and suddenly I will end up with 99.9% of all the wealth in our society, and you with .1%. We could say that was morally wrong. In terms of just the ratio of wealth between us we might say that I was morally wrong to accept something that from you harms you. The way the way that might do to Take care of your family and so on. It's not the ratio that's the problem.

It's how it got that way. No. In the 1970s, 1980s through much of the 1990s the ratio of income between very high income earners in America and low income earners was much closer.

Much, much more even than it has become now while likewise the ratio in wealth as I look at the situation now it seems to me that a lot of the enormous inequality in income around us has come about, not through not not as a consequence of the free voluntary choices of individuals in producing untreated with each other, but rather through government policies that favor some people and harm other people and that's precisely the sort of problem that Adam Smith was trying to address in the wealth of his book and grew into the nature and causes of the wealth of Nations. She recognized that mercantilism and various other elements of popular economic theories of his day tended to give huge advantages to people who were close to the King close to the loyalty are the central government and hugely disadvantage. Other people and what she was arguing was that you make everybody better off if you ensure that everybody is free to develop his gifts, his aptitudes, his interest since his physical abilities and so on, to the best of his ability and to produce for a profitable exchange with others and you would actually lift the whole society out of poverty.

Better that way than by trying to plan to coordinate people's activities, partly because that planning that coordinating tends to be barred by partiality and by favoritism.

Folks who are close to the policymakers get the benefits of the people who are not developed. How do you like that going on today happening in spades in American economic policy over the last 20 some years and certainly before that much more so the last 20 or 30 years and that is a major reason why the extreme inequalities that were seeing now have occurred. So it's not that the inequalities are bad suit and of themselves.

It's what was brought them about as well. Said Cal bison with us today here in the Christian worldview talking about his book biblical foundations for economics. What kind of economic system would do we have in America right now mean you you look at the massive amounts of redistribution of income taking place that that that's that's a completely socialistic idea government subsidies to have all seen in regulations of industry and IAI get the USDA US Department of Agriculture's email and you see that the amount of of of money subsidies that go into the agricultural world. And so, for this is in one example, wanted that's that's not the only example is everywhere that the printing of money these one needs $3.5 trillion spending bills now maybe down to 1.75 just printing money. How would you actually categorize me. Do we do we have a free-market capitalist system in America right now, hours, or is there a distinct line that we've crossed that goes away from that into socialism, where are we as a country, no country has ever had an absolutely free-market economic system and the country has ever had an absolutely socialistic economy, and so we would want for one thing, to avoid the sort of black/white fallacies, and so the people fall into here, but what I looked at in America today is a country where not only do the various different branches of government are levels of government federal, state and local consume something on the order about 40, 42% of gross domestic product which means that that leaves all the rest of us that much less to enjoy for ourselves, but we also have a country in which the numbers of of of laws.

The numbers of regulations written by federal administrative agencies, and the like have just multiplied enormously. I haven't checked this one out in a while. But a number of years back of the heritage foundation gave an estimate of the annual cost of regulations complying with regulations to the American economy and was enormous.

It was in the in the Trojans of dollars every year. What I would say is the we have a government we have a society today that is strangling because of too much government regulation of people's lives.

This is not to say that there should never be any regulation whatsoever. There is room for that, but it goes way too far now, and it prevents people from starting new businesses that prevents people from carrying on greatest source of trade that are in and of themselves perfectly legitimate in terms of God.

Small office is why Smith again and again emphasized when he said you need to lose people free to pursue their own self-interest. He had within the bounds of God's moral law right so no there there is no room here for murder Inc. although here in America we do have corporate it is called Planned Parenthood. It's the murdering babies in the womb.

That's not free-market, not by a long shot. No Cal bison again with us today. The author of the book were talking about biblical foundations for economics. It's a 56 page booklet that we have it available to her new current offer for donation of any amount to the Christian worldview discover a website the Christian you can call us toll-free at one AAA eight 646-2233 or you can write to us that information is given immediately after the program final two questions for you. I want to current event one more current event or hearing the news all about scarcity on shelves this fall going into winter with energy with products container ships sitting in the oceans off coast can't get drivers in Be unloaded and can't get the market. Why is this happening right now. What is causing this this breakdown will over welding reason for it is not the coded pandemic on which everybody tends to blame it is instead government's responses to the coded pandemic when you force millions and millions of people to stay off the job to stay in their homes for long periods of time will obviously you are interfering with production and with transportation of goods and services were seeing that coming home to roost. As the supplies and things made previous to the pandemic run out and the production during the pandemic has been severely reduced. All this in the name of fighting a disease. The infection fatality rate, of which four people underage about 60 is 0.001 or 2% even for people well over 60 like myself. I had coded back in March stood my wife even for us. The survival rate for coded is 99.97%. I wrote an article back in April 2020 for the Cornwall Alliance website.

How many uninfected people will the war on the coronavirus kill and I speculated hypothesized the time, but the long-term effects of the lockdowns will kill far more people than coded itself, which will, and I think that as is were moving on through time here we see the is correct because the supply chain problems. The production problems caused by the lockdowns, not just America. All the world have led to the unavailability of many basic needs for billions of people around the world. I remember about a year ago, one of the major international charitable organizations left on the which one it was put out a study economically well done study that indicated that impact on food availability through the markets around the world was going to drive well over 350 million people to starvation. Who would not have starved.

In the absence of that.

Wow, that's a lot of people in the code is killed. So this is a big problem again. Freedom just it's it's an amazing thing. How much success how much prosperity how much human comes from from freedom and how much of his crush by government by too much government control over our lives. Christian worldview David Newton returns in just a moment. Recent guest Cal bison or defines economics as moral philosophy applied to marketplace relationships, so it makes sense that as our nation's judgment of what is right and wrong has moved away from biblical morality are economic policies have gone the same wrong direction. So what is the Christian worldview on economics Cal bison or has written an insightful 56 page softcover booklet titled biblical foundations for economics that shows how economic principles and policies need to be based on the Bible to achieve the greatest human flourishing for limited time we are offering biblical foundations for economics for donation of any amount to the Christian worldview to order go to the Christian or call one AAA eight 646-2233 or write to Box 401, Excelsior, MN 55331 again the website is the Christian when it comes to your healthcare provider. What are some words you would use to describe your experience with the comfort and peace.

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We Cal bison with us today in the Christian worldview.

The final question really comes from the conclusion of your book biblical foundations for economics.

You say God himself must satisfy all our longings unless we believe this, we will be tormented by covetousness, envy and jealousy when others prosper more than we do so as a final thought today. What is your encouragement to Christians as we thought about biblical foundations for economics is your encouragement to Christians about economics about ambition to any self-interest to improve one's one state care for one's family, and so forth.

Ambition is necessarily a bad thing and also contentment coded there from the book of actually was built on Psalm 73, which was is one of my favorite Psalms. It's a song in which the author itself begins by mourning the fact that he sees so many wicked people around him prospering so much and is very disturbed by this and this is if I had spoken this concern, I would led astray. The people of God, and I almost lost my own face as he puts it on my foot almost slipped almost lost my faith.

My thought about that then I entered the tabernacle of God and simply things became clear to him. He saw things within the eternal perspective, and she winds up at the at the climax of the Psalm saying whom have I in heaven. Besides, you and on earth.

There is none that I desire besides you, God is his only reward that needs to be our attitude every day. As Christians, God comes first and if God comes first in our lives every day. If God comes first in our thinking and are acting in our speaking. If someone puts it again which I quoted earlier if Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the way of sinners or sits in the seat of the scornful.

But his delight is in the law of the Lord. If that's the case then we can be quite confident that we will have God's blessing in our lives. We will have God's guidance.

We will have his wisdom and will no how to how to conduct ourselves in this very broken and confused world. So I would you say the big thing that we as Christians need to do something that I have to work on to and I don't always do it well is to make sure that every day God is first in our lives. The perfect way to and our conversation. Cal thank you for that really biblical and wonderful admonition to keep God first seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things will be added unto you, thank you so much for coming on the Christian worldview radio program today. Thank you for all that you're doing a Cornwall alliance again for listeners. The website is Cornwall I always recommend your organization when people ask about economics or climate changes is the place to go to get truth with regard to all the air that is constantly being lobbed everywhere in our society today SoCal God's best in grace to you and your family a Cornwall alliance. Thanks again, thank you, David, and likewise the Lord's blessings on you and Brody and all of your family well be benefited from that interview with Cal bison or again, their website is Cornwall and if you want to get a copy of the booklet biblical foundations for economics. It's a 56 page booklet, you can just contact the Christian really the usual ways. Go to website the Christian to order you can call us toll-free at one AAA eight 646-2233 and our address is given immediately following the program know I thought a good follow-up to this interview would be to read what the apostle Paul wrote to the church in Thessalonica.

All this read the passage from second Thessalonians chapter 3 starting in verse six.

Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you keep away from every brother who leads an unruly life and not according to the tradition which you have received from us, for you yourselves know how you ought to follow our example because we pause talking about he and his ministry team basically we did not act in an undisciplined manner among you, nor did we eat anyone's bread without paying for it, but with labor and hardship.

We kept working night and day so that we would not be a burden to any of you, not because we do have the right to this, but in order to offer ourselves as a model for you so that you would follow our example. So Paul wanted to be in an example to the Thessalonians that they were to work hard. They weren't to expect others to work for them. He wanted to be an example. Now to verse 10 for even when we were with you, we used to give you this order if anyone is not willing to work, then he is not to eat either for we hear that some among you are leading an undisciplined life, doing no work at all, but acting like busybodies now such persons we command and exhort in the Lord Jesus Christ to work in quiet fashion and eat their own bread. Here's the command by the apostle Paul. If anyone isn't willing to work, then he is not to eat either. I think this is one of the most important economic principles addressed in just one sentence. It's amazing because it addresses work. The idea of incentive to work goods and services trade even consumption.

These are economic principles. Notice how the verse doesn't say if someone isn't able to work, then he is not to eat it.

Someone not willing to work there able to but not willing to work there. Choosing not to work and still expecting to have their needs met.

This is the entitlement mentality right here work was ordained by God to man before the fall of man before man's sin. For the first time it was something to be done to the glory of God right there in Genesis chapter 2 then the Lord God took the man and put him into the garden to cultivate it and keep it. In other words, there was work to do before the fall, for then you turn the chapter where Adam and his wife, Eve disobeyed God the eat the fruit of the forbidden tree and you see the fall of man now man has sinned. Now, look how work changes after the fall in Genesis chapter 3 verse 17. This is where God is meting out the consequences of their sin, then to Adam. God said because you have listened to the voice of your wife and have eaten from the tree about which I command you saying you shall not eat from it. Here's a consequence, cursed is the ground because of you in toil you will eat of it all the days of your life. Both thorns and thistles it shall grow for you and you will eat the plants of the field by the sweat of your face you will eat bread until you return to the ground, because from it. The ground you were taken for you are dust and to dust you shall return.

So what's going on here is that the fall made work much harder. All of a sudden now there be thorns and thistles drawing you to deal with the weeds and agriculture work would be by the sweat of your face and then after you've worked your life you return to the ground in dust. The command to work was not pulled back, but there were just be a harder aspect to work and were still to work as you fast-forward now to the New Testament were still to work, to the glory of God. Look at Colossians chapter 3 verse 23.

This pretty much sums it up.

Whatever you do, do your work heartily or from the heart fully. As for the Lord rather than for men. Knowing that from the Lord, you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve.

So whatever we do, were to do fully and heartily for the Lord rather than for manner our appearances to others or for pride purposes is for the Lord's glory. Let's look what's in this command. If anyone is not willing to work and he is not to eat either eating is a universal human need. Otherwise, if you don't eat your going to starve and eventually die. To satisfy this universal human need work must be done for payer for trade to be able to get food to feed oneself or by extension to feed your own family. So there's the principle of incentive here. There is a motivation to live and care for yourself and your family. This is the core of biblical economic policy, you should have an incentive to work to earn to be able to care for yourself and your family. And when that is violated when you give a man food or other things without working for them when he is able to work for them. You are actually rebelling are sinning against God, and your causing all manner of trouble and truth be told your paving the way for that person to sin even more. I met a young man who was in the business that just operated mainly in the non-winter months and he came over to our home. It was late in the year in the fall and I asked him what you do in the winter and he said without any sense of shame or embarrassment.

He said well I collect unemployment in the winter. I said will than what you do all day. Is that why I'm a gamer, so another as he stays home and plays video games recreating while getting paid by the government in collecting unemployment checks when he's able to work.

He could be working but he's not steady just staying home and playing games at this just paves the way for other sin. Beyond just recreating all the time like pornography or drugs and alcohol because being involved in work can be some sort of partial hedge against temptation and sin when you're out working or in a workplace and this was at a very sad little anecdote about a much larger pattern of this and this is an only person I've heard from her this from many young men who have seasonal jobs who, instead of working in the off-season, just collect government checks. I looked on Wikipedia about the great Society and it says this and this is no conservative spin on the great Society bears were it says the great Society was a set of domestic programs in the United States launched by Democratic Pres. Lyndon Johnson in 1964 and 65. The main goal was the total elimination of poverty and racial injustice new major spending programs that address education, medical care, urban problems, rural poverty and transportation were launched during this period the program and its initiatives were subsequently promoted by him and fellow Democrats in Congress. The 1960s. In the years following the great Society in scope and sweep resembled the new Deal domestic agenda of Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

These moral judgments made by these liberals really have ruined our society and especially the black community.

Blacks had been enslaved, and they had been discriminated against in our country and they were in a difficult economic state.

To be sure, but the biblical response should have been. Let's remove all laws that treat anyone with partiality based on their skin color.

Let's give everyone the same economic opportunity and let's create an economy where work is rewarded, but instead the great Society another countless other program. Since then, food, housing, turned into the housing projects, child payments, even for the unmarried welfare benefits without any condition or with very little condition of working in their want the incentive to to care for oneself and one's family to live responsibly, and then there goes the breakdown of the family because mom can get money from the government without dad being around dad's is unnecessary now then you have the entry of the prosperity religion that promises that God is going to give you health and wealth.

The new CA a widespread breakdown of the black community in this country. It's very very tragic and it goes back to bad moral judgments that come out to be terrible economic policies now. I will say there is room for a government to help those who cannot work and certainly for the church to be involved in helping those who are unable to work as well in a society as large as ours. It may be difficult for a church to do everything but be certain that when a church doesn't get involved in this kind of social help. The gospel certainly never be proclaim the person's greatest need will never be offered to them by the government. That's why it is important for the church to be involved in helping those who are unable to help themselves with the reality is, individual souls in society are being ruined today by violating this principle of if a man is unwilling to work me to let him eat. People can stay home now and not work because they're just receiving money from the government but that is exactly the way government wants it. They want to completely dependent populace. So government has complete control over people is really a different kind of slavery, where people are enslaved to the government giving them things so they can live and also over taxation also violates this principle of if a man is unwilling to work the, neither let him eat because when you tax it too high of a rate the income producing person eventually loses some or all incentive to continue working as hard because they're forced to give more and more of their income to the government rather than to themselves and their own family and to others. They want to give charitably, so the conclusion to biblical economics is all work is good and godly work as long as is not inherently sinful. It's better to work for the glory of God and to receive something for not working from the government again. Colossians 3. Whatever you do, do your work heartily as for the Lord rather than for men. Knowing that from the Lord, you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve.

Final verse, verse 25 for he who does wrong, will receive the consequences of the wrong which he has done and that without partiality God is the great example of being impartial.

He's not partial towards any skin color toward male or female. He treats everyone and judges. Everyone impartially and he's going to judge impartially when it comes to where we spend eternity as well. Doesn't matter what skin color you are.

It doesn't matter how religious you have been.

It only matters whether you have received simply and only by faith. The most valuable gift God is offering you that you can be forgiven of your sin, you can be made right with God, and you can receive eternal life with him in heaven after you die, what are you trusting in are you trusting in your own good works to be right with God. You can never be good enough and can never pay off all the sin you've already done the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Find out more how you can be right with God by going to our website the Christian clicking on the link. What must I do to be saved.

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