Timeless advice

Sloth This is a sloth.  Not a bad looking guy as long as you are in to lots of hair and don’t mind 3 long toes.  I’m sure my wife would love this guy; I’m a bit on the hairy side and even though I have 5 toes, they have been described as freakishly long.  (I end my digression now.)

Not this cute guy, but sloth whether it be spiritual or actual, is also one of the ominous 7 Deadly Sins preached by the Catholic faith.  Even though I don’t personally see a reason to classify one sin above another, I can’t fault anyone who would focus on eliminating lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy and pride in their lives.  Not that my approval means anything, but that’d be A-OK with Wally.

What got me thinking of the 7 Deadlies was not a bolt of lightening and clap of thunder, it was more a like a bad 70’s song going over and over and over in your head, kind a like ABBA.  See if you can hear it…

Larsen says focused stimulus package will bring money quickly

State could get $4 billion from federal stimulus package

Feds to give Whatcom County governments $4.5 million for street work

They’re going to give you money to spend, and then they’re going to give you incentives to spend it.”

Ferndale: Improve an existing section of Second Avenue…  $2.7 million, with feds to pay $1 million of that.

low-income workers who don’t make enough money to pay income taxes would get checks from the government

give consumers a state sales tax and excise tax deduction

Plenty of Washington projects await fed stimulus

A similar family making $35,000 a year would get a payment of $4,100

$17 billion to give one-time $300 payments

Once it arrives, the stimulus money will be channeled…

Who’ll get what? Local cities bid for funds

Some local officials started compiling a wish list back in November

…projects they think have the best chance to win money

Get, win, wish list, get, bring money…. did you hear what I heard in these cuts from the Bellingham Herald?

What I heard was the sound of greed with covetness doing the background vocals.  Greed, desiring what you haven’t earned or don’t deserve, is usually right there with covet, desiring for yourself something that belongs to another.  People who make wish lists of what they will do with money they didn’t earn are ugly.  Yes, ugly with a capital U.  Greed is ugly and electing officials to take money from faceless other people and deliver it to us in the form of checks and benefits is one of the ugliest form of greed I can think of.  At least the mugger on the street has the decency to steal from you in person.  .

We should all strive to take care of ourselves and our family and all people deserve to receive and keep what they earn and spend it how they wish.  We should use Paul’s example as we strive not to be a burden to others.

I have coveted no man’s silver, or gold, or apparel. Yea, ye yourselves know, that these hands have ministered unto my necessities, and to them that were with me. I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.
(Act 20:33-35)

Beyond not being a burden to others, Paul also reminded us that Christ said it is more blessed to give than to receive.  Christ asks us to make a good choice and be charitable, He does not command us to forfeit large sums of our earnings for government redistribution.  He does not command nor even suggest that that we form governments to collect large portions of our earnings for redistribution.  Do you suppose he might have had a reason for this?

Certainly feeding and clothing the less fortunate is a good thing that we as a society should strive to do, but the manner in which we do it should also be a good thing for our society.  Our basic sustenance social safety net of the past has given way to the idea that everyone has a right to an equal standard of living.

I have no doubt that the socialist model currently in use by the Obama Administration will show immediate boost in income some at the lower end of the income scale.  But the cost of that money comes at too high a price.  If we reward people for not producing and not contributing, then they will continue to not produce and not contribute.  Additionally, many of those who are producing and contributing will see their toil as folly and cease to produce and contribute.  Our nation will become a nation of dependants with increasingly less and less of those with which to depend.

The desire of the slothful killeth him; for his hands refuse to labour. He coveteth greedily all the day long: but the righteous giveth and spareth not.
(Pro 21:25-26)

Again, this is not about starving those who are unable to take care of themselves, it is about motivating others to do the best and the most that they can.  That is Christ’s model; be the most you can be, be content with what you have and give charitably and joyfully to those in need.  I wish this were again

Several hundred years ago, long before any credit crisis or bursting bubbles,  Martin Luther offered this advice regarding the last of God’s ten commandments to His people.

We must fear and love God, so that we will not attempt to trick our neighbor out of his inheritance or house, take it by pretending to have a right to it, etc. but help him to keep & improve it.

God’s words are timeless.

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2 Responses to “Timeless advice”

  1. Hey Wally.

    Keep writing. I’ll keep writing as well. Oddly enough, the more I hear nothing but senseless jargon from people who should know better, the more I find it hard to write something to correct it. Feels a bit like shouting in the wind.

    I’ll keep shouting, though.

    • wally says:

      Thanks for the encouragement. And yes, please do keep up on your writing as well, both personal and professional of course.

      I hear you on the shouting into the wind. You sometimes don’t even know where to start. My writing lull is due partly to more diligence at work so we don’t fall prey to the economic doom & gloom everyone is talking into existence. However, selling one house and buying another is the real time killer. That should be behind us in another 5 or 6 weeks and then the writing will ramp back up.

      Keep running the race!