Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Great post from Doug Wilson

Getting Up Early and Working HardTopic: Grace and Peace
"At thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore" (Ps. 16: 11)
Growing Dominion, Part 167
"He that tilleth his land shall have plenty of bread: but he that followeth after vain persons shall have poverty enough" (Prov. 28:19)
Proverbs are given so that we might know what is generally true. They are not intended to give us universal truths of the "all P are Q" variety. That said, it is generally true that those who are industrious in their labor have enough bread to provide for themselves. But the flip side of this proverb is not about what the lazy man does not do to provide for himself (work), but rather what he looks to instead. He looks to, follows after, vain persons. He does not expect to provide for himself from the labor of his hands, and so he looks for a financial savior—whether a political figure, or a get-rich-quick charlatan. He follows after vain persons, vain solutions, instead of getting up early and working hard.Posted by Douglas Wilson - 5/12/2009 11:26:57 AM Print this post

One may conclude then that vain solutions could include those that are motivated by greed. This may include but not be limited to "playing the lottery" and/or some investments? (junk bonds, mortgage backed securities, etc.)