Wednesday, October 14th, 2015
Poor People (Part 16)
The Lord enters into judgment with the elders and princes of His people,
'It is you who have devoured the vineyard;
The plunder of the poor is in your houses.
What do you mean by crushing My people
And grinding the face of the poor?'
Declares the Lord God of hosts.
Isaiah 3:14-16 (NASB)
Whoever has the world's goods, and sees his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him?
1 John 3:17 (NASB)
Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.
James 4:17 (NKJV)
Since I've crossed the mark of 60, is 65 the time to quit? My dad said: 'I'm not ever retiring. When you retire, you die.' *
Contrary to popular opinion, retirement is a modern invention: it's governmental entitlement underlined by a selfish corporate lie: older brains are too dull to make the cut.** But is retirement biblically based? No! God's elders were busy and revered. What if Abraham stopped moving forward?
But now, while earth's poor people are crying and dying, earth's rich seniors are stockpiling and vacationing.
In the Parable of the Rich Fool,*** God's Message on our future plans is clear: heaping up and laying back isn't right. In terms of savings, Who owns our assets? In terms of resting, Who sets our schedules?
'For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required' (Luke 12:48).
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Regardless of your age, be alert. Question the world's financial advice.
If we're busy accumulating, if we ignore the world's poor people, then we're living in negligent sin.
To Be Continued...
* My dad, Jack Lewis, was a decorated WW ll fighter pilot (China/Burma/India theater). After the war, he became a stunt pilot in the US Air Force and met my mother (a fashion model) in NYC during an air show. After they wed, my mom didn't want to be a military wife, so my dad left the service as a major and became an insurance salesman. He lived to be 88. No, he never retired and worked happily into his 80s.
** Short article: How Retirement Was Invented: http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2014/10/how-retirement-was-invented/381802/
** Short article: The History of Retirement: http://www.nytimes.com/1999/03/21/jobs/the-history-of-retirement-from-early-man-to-aarp.html
*** The Parable of the Rich Fool: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+12%3A13-21&version=NKJV
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Poor People series.