As usual, the challenges that grip our nation are multi-dimensional. However, the answers are simple, straightforward. The answer to any problem was and always will be the same. God. Only when we bend our knee before His throne and conform our desires to His will, will our families, our nation and our world be transformed into a haven of refuge. Until men bow before their creator and acknowledge their sinful lives, our world will be filled with corruption, greed, strife and envy. And so it is - our problems are layer upon layer - our answer is simple - God.
A reader sent this rebuttal to my post entitled Once Upon a Time.
And now, we are being told that there is no longer an American Dream. Protesters are littering our streets demanding a bigger piece of the pie, but they want it given to them. They want the dream but they don't want to have to suffer for it. They will tell you that they would rather collect unemployment than work at a job that is "below" them. They will say that they are "worth" more than that. Says who? They are "worth" what someone is willing to pay them. Besides, their worth doesn't come from their paycheck - their worth comes from Christ alone.
that's simply not true, enola. none of the protestors are demanding work that isn't beneath them, they just want work. and they want the wealthy to pay their fair share, too. go towearethe99percent.tumblr.com. read the stories. the people there are hard working and humble- and drowning. they work 40, 70, 120 hours a week and can't make ends meet, and that's if they can even find work. there are 15,000,000 unemployed people and 5,000,000 jobs. no matter how hard anyone tries, that's 10,000,000 people for whom there is no work.
ows wants fairness. it isn't right that GE paid less in taxes than you last year. it isn't right that Bank of America can layoff workers and cut salaries and benefits while posting record profits and giving its CEO millions in yearly bonuses. that is not christian, that is not democracy, that is not capitalism, it is greed, nothing more.
While the protesters are from all walks of life and have many different reasons that led them to protest, they are not simply hard working Americans looking for a better way of life. The truth of the matter is that many are there because they answered an add on Craigslist offering a paycheck in exchange for their "rightful indignation". Even more still are camped out because there is free food and a change of scenery from their normal basement apartments. And then, there are those that truly believe they are protesting "corporate greed" all the while being played like marionettes at the end of union strings. Corporate America is broken. However, they are not responsible for personal debt - people are responsible for that. People, the same ones that are protesting corporate greed, are guilty of their own version of greed and envy. They wanted the house they couldn't afford. They signed the papers on a loan that was too big to maintain. Nobody made them sign - they chose to take on that debt. Yes, the banks are greedy, but the people are just as greedy. The difference is, the people have the ability to "just say no". They can say no to the high credit card rate BEFORE they apply for the card. They can say no to the 50 year mortgage BEFORE they sign it. They can say NO to dish TV, high-speed internet and in-store credit.
Corporations don't pay taxes. People pay taxes. Anytime the government raises "corporate taxes", it really just raises your taxes and mine. Corporations do, however, employ America. Should executives be held accountable for illegal activities? Absolutely. Should executives be held accountable for immoral behavior? Without a doubt. Corporate America is corrupt. So is our Government. But the truth of the matter is that external controls never work. Only when the hearts of the men and women in places of power are changed will our families and our nation be changed.
And our protesters ARE demanding work that is "worth" their while. They are not just demanding work. They want work that will pay them what they think they are worth. We live in an area not far from the vast apple orchards covering a large expanse of central and eastern Washington. The apple farms are in dire straits. Is their predicament due to a poor apple yield? No. The apple farmers are in a position to lose their farms due to the fact that they cannot find enough workers to harvest their crops. They are so desperate for workers that they are taking ads out in local papers and on television and radio offering workers $150.00 A DAY to pick apples. A DAY! I don't know about you, but I think that's GOOD money. The interesting thing about all of these jobs available for the plucking is that none of them are being taken. And even more interesting is that the unemployment rate in the vicinity of these farms has not dropped - not even 1/10th of 1%. So tell me now that people just want a job. Bunk! They want the job that they want, or they want the government (that means you and I) to pay them until they secure a job befitting their place in life.
I know that I have made a whole lot of generalizations, lumping people in the same group. And I know that everyone has different circumstances and that there are some people who REALLY have gotten the short end of the stick. But, for the most part, we all make our beds and the time has come when we have to lay in them.