A Biblical Response to Current Events – 3-21-19
Good Idea vs.God Idea
What’s Happening: “In an article by Yahoo News today, Elizabeth Warren, hopeful for the Democrat Presidential nomination in the 2020 election, (or ‘Pocahontas’ as President Trump mocks), introduced Universal Child Care (UCC), a birth-to-kindergarten government-run system that promises healthier, less crime-prone adults…at ONLY $700 Billion in cost (over the first ten years)…all paid by increased taxes on the rich. She praised Scandinavian countries who use this system as a model, only costing from 7-12 dollars per day (https://www.yahoo.com/news/whos-minding-kids-warren-pushes-universal-child-care-090032595.html). The ‘rich’ has been defined by her as only those that make more than 50 million dollars annually and says that will generate 2.75 Trillion dollars (again, over the first 10 years).”
Knee-Jerk Response: “What parent won’t go for that?!”
Biblical Response: “Not many…at least she hopes (though I do not accuse her of this proposal for purely political reasons). Many married couples seeking a higher standard of living have opted for private and faith-based child care, but complain that increased costs may offset many of the gains made in having two incomes. Warren’s proposals seem to make that elusive goal within reach…but the cost may not be just economic. Scripture plainly says, ‘ Train up a child in the way he should go…’ (Prov. 22:6) and we are told not to seek great things (Jer. 45:5), that the pitfalls of the rich are many (Matt. 6:19).
“Christians? We see two potential problems: Allowing someone else to raise our kids (I’m all for delegation, but you cannot abdicate ultimate responsibility) AND Spending so much time chasing things that we miss the real ‘treasure’ (Matt. 6:20). I’ve yet to meet the parent who regretted hearing their child’s first word or congratulating their first step. I’m not saying that parents don’t often need help…that’s what extended family is for.”
Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray: “Heavenly Father, help us to know the difference between a ‘good idea’ and a ‘God idea’ (Is. 55-8-9); in Jesus’ Name, amen.”
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