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Monday, December 22, 2014

Drama every day

This we my first summer ministry in Delray Beach Florida in 1973, at my Birthday party in July, I am still warmed by how quickly church folks allowed me into their homes and lives. This family treated me like their family that brief summer so long ago.

We had a needy person in church and we helped her yesterday. No real time and possibility to test if she had a real or manufactured need. We gave her money to do what she needed, believing she came and asked in good faith. I am grateful to those who came to her aid with the church.

Today I got involved in another family dynamic involving money. It just reminds me how dependent we are on buying things to survive. We need shelter, we need food, we need clothing, we need the tools to survive and some money to enjoy things as well.

It would be nice if everyone had all they need without working for it. It is the failed impetus behind communism and socialism. Take from those who have and give to those who need. It never really works the way it should, and it has bankrupted more nations than we can name.

Neither has pure Ayn Rand selfishness worked very well. I like the word I heard from George Bush, compassionate capitalism. If we can provide help to those truly needy and dependent and also provide rewards to the truly hard working that they can keep and use to build a more prosperous world, lets do it.

The middle class where I was raised has truly been shrinking in the past decades, an I do not know what to do about it. The lack of preparation for retirement of my own baby boomers could create a retirement crisis unlike any we have ever seen. There is drama every day in this financially unstable time we are going through.

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