I've gained a huge pet peeve in the last few years and namely it's this:
I hate it when people complain loudly about a (usually governmental) problem, yet they, themselves, offer no viable hint of a solution.
You don't want to hear what I feel like telling people who complain that way.
And well, I know you're all dying to hear (heh) how I feel about our Country's 700 billion dollar stimulus package, so here goes...
No, I'm not elated by it, but neither am I marching along with this quote which I've seen flung around lately:
"The real destroyer of the liberties of the people is he who spreads among them bounties, donations and benefits." -- Plutarch (c.45-125 A.D.)
To me, it is far, far too simplistic to just say, "The government shouldn't be giving anybody anything. Those of us who have done things right shouldn't have to pay for those who messed-up and got into debt over their heads."
Me? I'm trying to be like the biblical Mary who "pondered all these things in her heart." I'm keeping quiet, mostly, because I have no usable, legitimate answers for our economy. And truthfully? I am grieved by the people (many of them Christians) who spout, "It would serve those people right to lose their homes and go homeless. They deserve it."
That, my friends, makes me angry. Feeling so righteously justified that we'd wish homelessness upon families with (or without) children horrifies me. Or to do it all so cluelessly, even. (You do realize, I hope, that it's possible to wish such things without realizing we're doing so?)
Is there a better way to fix the mess our Country is in? Probably. Most likely. But for anyone who does not know of such an intelligent, valid plan, I hope you will think twice before suggesting we do nothing except to just recline back in our own personal comfort (because we did things right) and watch families march by droves into despair and into homeless shelters.
"But you, O Lord, are a God full of compassion, and gracious, long suffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth." Psalm 86:15
"I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread." Psalm 37:25
"Let him who is without sin throw the first stone..."
And I realize this is not a pure correlation to my post, but it is something to consider anyway:
9"The workers who were hired about the eleventh hour came and each received a denarius. 10So when those came who were hired first, they expected to receive more. But each one of them also received a denarius. 11When they received it, they began to grumble against the landowner. 12'These men who were hired last worked only one hour,' they said, 'and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the work and the heat of the day.'
13"But he answered one of them, 'Friend, I am not being unfair to you. Didn't you agree to work for a denarius? 14Take your pay and go. I want to give the man who was hired last the same as I gave you. 15Don't I have the right to do what I want with my own money? Or are you envious because I am generous?' " Matthew 20:9-15 (See the whole chapter for the whole story.)