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October 9, 2012

Feast And Famine

The following article was written by Dr. Don Schazenbach in 2009. Dr. Schazenbach will be the guest speaker at the Advancing the Kingdom Conference to be held at the New Geneva Christian Leadership Academy’s education facility. For more information about this event, visit the conference’s  facebook event page.

Though written in 2009, Dr. Schazenbach’s sound advice  may be even more applicable today, considering the damage done by the current administration’s policies (and the impending damage by what may be a future administration), with the latest quantitative easement and continued recession.

By Don Schazenbach April 2009

When I received the assignment for this column – Why the State Cannot Rescue Us – I was put in a place of having to choose which of many good ways to fulfill this assignment. Sometimes I have to think through what might be one, or the best, way to approach whatever subject RC asks me to address. What Scripture applies? How can I avoid stretching a passage just to fill the necessary word count? What did God actually say and how should that word be applied? Writing about why the state cannot save us is not like that. The Bible is full of reasons why the state cannot save us. The problem is in our hearts not our heads.

But – just as a reminder — I knew that Proverbs has a lot to say about our responsibilities in this life and about how God blesses faithful living and work. Flopping my wife’s Bible open to early Proverbs it landed with the open leafs showing 12:13 through 15:14. Her Bible ends Revelation on page 1044. These two pages are two thousandths of that total. The snippet of Scripture at hand tells us that profit comes from labor “The sluggard lusteth, but his soul hath naught: but the soul of the diligent shall have plenty” (13:4) and that “…much increase cometh by the strength of the ox” (14:4), and “In all labor there is abundance: but the talk of the lips bringeth only want” (14:23). It also gives us some wisdom to help us figure out if more borrowing, taxing, and spending are likely to produce greater wealth, saying things like, “wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished: but he that gathereth by labor shall increase” (13:11) and “In the house of the righteous is much treasure: but in the revenues of the wicked is trouble” (15:6).

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