There is no “free lunch”

I went by the field of a sluggard, and by the vineyard of a man void of understanding; and lo it was all grown over with thorns, the face thereof was covered with nettles, and the stone wall thereof was broken down. Then I beheld, and considered well; I saw, and received instruction. Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep; so shall thy poverty come as a robber, and thy want as an armed man. (Prov. 24:30-34)

Paul said “if a man will not work, neither should he eat”, ( I Thess. 3:10) “and if any provide not for his own, and especially his own household, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel” (I Tim. 5:8).

We live in a time when many want a free lunch. Politicians make promises they know cannot be kept, just to get elected, then either forget about them, or try to blame someone else for their failure. God determined that man would work shortly after the creation, as punishment for the sin of Adam and Eve. (Genesis 3:17-19) The idea of getting something for nothing, or at the expense of others, is not biblical. In fact, man is suppose to work with his hands so he will have the means to help others (Eph. 4:20), not expect a handout from them. We need to practice the work ethic ourselves, and teach it to our children. There is no free lunch. If you get something for nothing, it is coming out of the pocket of a person who works.

Published in: on July 9, 2009 at 12:00 AM  Comments Off on There is no “free lunch”  
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When does a vote count

When does your vote not count? Apparently it is if you vote against the efforts of some to redefine marriage. The Patriot Post reports the following on this subject: Former Bush administration Solicitor General Theodore Olson and attorney David Boies have filed suit in the California District Court to overturn Proposition 8, which was passed by voters last year and amends the state’s constitution to say that marriage is only between one man and one woman. Opponents recently lost a battle in the Supreme Court of California, which said that Prop. 8 was a valid amendment to the state’s constitution, but Olson alleges that it violates the due process and equal protection clauses of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. “Creating a second class of citizens is discrimination plain and simple,” said Olson, a member of the conservative Federalist Society. “The Constitution of Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and Abraham Lincoln does not permit it. Proposition 8 denies people fundamental constitutional rights.”

It’s hard to believe that Jefferson, Madison or Lincoln would have seen it as Olson claims. Until this decade, marriage has been defined as being between one man and one woman. Keeping that definition doesn’t deny anyone any rights — no one is prohibited from marrying. But choosing a partner outside the confines of marriage and still calling it marriage is an abuse of the language and the institution itself. Yet by clamoring about the “right” to marry someone of the same sex, proponents of the new definition are slowly winning the battle.

Published in: on June 29, 2009 at 11:14 PM  Comments Off on When does a vote count