Monday, July 06, 2009

Principle of Expediency?

On April 15 while driving in Moscow, Idaho, I came across several hundred people having a tax “tea party”. As I understand it was one of several hundred such parties across the United States. I have not participated in these kinds of events.

A few days later we received two letters from the Social Security Administration telling us that each of us was having $250.00 deposited into our bank accounts. This was from the law signed by President Obama in February.

I immediately made out a check to the US Treasury for $500.00. I am sending it to our senator to give to the Secretary of the Treasury.

There were several reasons for this action:

1. We are not AIG, Chrysler, General Motors, Wells Fargo, or Bank of America – we are not too big to fail. We may be too small, but we are not failing. Our home is paid for, as is our car.
2. To send $250.00 to each of millions of Social Security recipients is irresponsible and immoral. It is either conscious money or buying votes.
3. We have already received more money from Social Security than we have ever put into it.

Here is a motto I have followed all my life:

“Where principle is involved, be deaf to expediency.”

Here is a quote from Jeeves in the “Return of Jeeves” describing Britain in 1953:

“We are now living in what is known as the Welfare State, which means – broadly – that everybody is completely destitute.”

Narnia

Many of you have read the Chronicles of Narnia. You liked them when you read them or had them read to you. You should read them again for your second or third time. You may say “I am an adult.” Listen, these are stories for adults. I am not talking about the movies.

The reason for this important encouragement is this; I first read, The Last Battle 51 years ago. I am reading it again. Please read chapter three and encourage all your friends and relatives to read it also. If all you see is an interesting story, enjoy it and keep reading. However there might be more. Pay attention. Pass this on.

Adam and Jesus

Adam was made a little lower than the angels. Adam was crowned with glory and honor. Everything was put under his feet. Adam died and lost that glory and honor.

Jesus was made a little lower than the angels. He is now crowned with glory and honor. Because He suffered death, so that by the grace of God He might taste death for everyone.

The death of Christ for everyone is the reason that Christ is now crowned with glory and honor.

He shared in our humanity so He could die. He died to destroy him who holds the power of death – that is the devil – and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death.

You can find all this in Hebrews, chapter 2.