According to the Los Angeles Times “Social Security, which last year began paying out more in benefits than it collected in taxes, now faces insolvency”. Is it any wonder, a country which creates ordinances governing the homes we live in, the property taxes we must pay, the utilities we must use, the automobiles we must drive, all of which is done in our best interest. Yet, this same government, fails to provide individuals the opportunity to sustain their-self individual, through a living wage, a just wage.
Some argue the solution is deregulation. But common sense argues if we have a limited government for a reason, then it stands to reason, we should also have limits upon business. These limits are checks to ensure what business does, is done in balance, is being done for the good of all, not some, and surly not one. Just as there are dangers in having an unregulated government, there are dangers in having unregulated businesses. Think of the government waste we have now and think of what it would be were it not for regulations and separation of powers. Well, the same holds true for business, think of the waste we have there, the pollution, the consumer fraud, the destruction of resources. These are continuing issues we must keep in check continually.
What is the solution to Social Security? A living wage. A just wage which enables the individual to individually sustain their-self.
Additionally, who can argue against the Wisdom of propagation? Not as if a just wage alone is unsuitable to care for one in their golden years but what of the caregiver, the administrator of that care? Aside from that natural logic, we live in a day when disasters, both natural and unnatural, may interrupt the finite security held within a living wage. Where the dissipation of those savings put aside for our golden years interferes with our best laid plans. So it stands, in Wisdom, that we find a mechanism to care for those who have gone before us.
This is what the LORD of Armies, the God of Israel, says to all those who were taken captive from Jerusalem to Babylon: Build houses, and live in them. Plant gardens, and eat what they produce. Get married, and have sons and daughters. Find wives for your sons, and let your daughters get married so that they can have sons and daughters. Grow in number there; don’t decrease. Work for the good of the city where I’ve taken you as captives, and pray to the LORD for that city. When it prospers, you will also prosper. Jer 29:4-7
True, we have not been taken captive, therefor this scripture was not written to us but it is for us. And what for? For our peace, for our prosperity as found in the wisdom of posterity. Paul, a writer of the majority of the new testament picks up on this Wisdom when he declares and charges those in faith to continue on in the Wisdom first given to man….
So God created humans in his image. In the image of God he created them. He created them male and female. God blessed them and said, “Be fertile, increase in number, fill the earth, and be its master. Rule the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, and all the animals that crawl on the earth.” Gen 1:27-28
The man said, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh. She will be named woman because she was taken from man.” That is why a man will leave his father and mother and will be united with his wife, and they will become one flesh.
Paul picks up on this Wisdom and declares…
Any widow who had only one husband and is at least 60 years old should be put on your list of widows. People should tell about the good things she has done: raising children, being hospitable, taking care of believers’ needs, helping the suffering, or always doing good things. Don’t include younger widows on your list. Whenever their natural desires become stronger than their devotion to Christ, they’ll want to marry. They condemn themselves by rejecting the Christian faith, the faith they first accepted. At the same time, they learn to go around from house to house since they have nothing else to do. Not only this, but they also gossip and get involved in other people’s business, saying things they shouldn’t say. So I want younger widows to marry, have children, manage their homes, and not give the enemy any chance to ridicule them. 1Ti 5:9-14
This same wisdom given to us by our Creator, declared by Paul is reaffirmed by Christ when Jesus said…
But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. Mat 24:37-39
So we learn that things will continue on until that final day. We have been given Wisdom regarding how we should continue on, that we might have peace and prosperity, as each of us journeys to eternity by passing through judgment by which every man enters through the doorway of death.