Downfall of the Welfare State

Downfall of the Welfare State

Matthew 25:29-30

For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will have an abundance. But from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

These verses follow “The Parable of the Talents” which I have written about before.  (Using Your Talent)  The parable is about wasting a life, the gift of life, through covetousness, worry or fear.  In verse 29 Christ sums up this law of nature, or the law of the balance of the universe.

But reading these verses also brought to mind another thought which I wrote down as not to forget.  My note was: “downfall of the welfare state”. Continue reading

Sympathy Without Action

Sympathy Without Action

(I wrote this piece about three months ago.)

Last evening I had a new experience that still gives me pause today.  I saw something in person that I have never seen before and it happened in my own neighborhood.

In the early evening I was cleaning up around the house when my wife came home from her job.  As she walked in the door she said to me “What’s on fire?”

At first I thought she was referring to one of our neighbors burning leaves or trash.  So I asked her where she saw something burning.

We went out our back door on to our deck and we could see black smoke pouring into the sky, being swept from the west to the east across the ten or fifteen homes that make up the small development that is up the street from our house. Continue reading