Posted by: the warrioress | August 28, 2013

A Living Wage

The following blogger and I butt heads on occasion. It can get a little emotional for me, unfortunately, like now.

I tend to get a tad frustrated and ticked off because I can’t seem to reach him. We disagree so deeply on so many things due to our differences politically. His latest had me inwardly growling some:

“Welfare pays more than working… literally”

After reading his thoughts, I commented this on his posting:

“Since you on the right are not in favor of allowing people to earn an actual living wage, I’m very glad to hear that welfare pays more than work. Of course, logically, it would be smarter to offer the incentive of work by making it pay better, but this concept seems to be lost on the right, for some strange reason. Go figure.”

So for common sense’s sake, I have to ask the following questions.

Why on earth would conservative America deny someone a living wage and then be aggravated that people choose to take advantage of welfare if it pays better? How positively obtuse! Why wouldn’t they take advantage of the better wage is the question to be asking.

There are a lot of people who are prideful, who refuse to go onto welfare, who will struggle to work and survive on minimum wage, and kudos to them! But I don’t blame or judge those who are bone weary and sick of struggling for a wage that doesn’t even come close to covering rent and food for themselves, much less a family; that horrific wage is based upon some employer’s unfortunate judgment about how to best take advantage, and get what can be gotten on the backs of the less advantaged. Will there not be a price to pay for this kind of thinking someday?

Think about the nurse’s aide who will one day be cleaning our baby boomer’s elderly backsides, changing their diapers, and lifting and turning those who can no longer do for themselves. These nurse’s aides make minimum wage in America. Our baby bloomers will get what they paid for in terms of their care and I have no doubt they’ll realize they made a terrible mistake when their bottoms are wiped equal to the wage they agreed that these workers should be paid. It will be too late for them then; this will be a lesson learned far too late.

We do indeed reap what we sow in this world.

Jesus Christ was very clear, (as is God), about how the poor and struggling are to handled by all of us. Taking advantage of others, compassion-less mistreatment, and a love of money more than a love of one’s fellow man is going to bring a return that will eventually not be so pretty.

  1. “Then my soul will rejoice in the Lord and delight in his salvation. My whole being will exclaim, “Who is like you, Lord?
    You rescue the poor from those too strong for them,
    the poor and needy from those who rob them.” Psalm 35: 9-10
  2. “Sow your land for six years and gather in its crops, but in the seventh year leave it alone and give it a rest so that your poor may eat from it. What they leave, let the wildlife have. Do the same with your vineyards and olive groves. Exodus 23:10 – 11
  3. “When you harvest your land, don’t harvest right up to the edges of your field or gather the gleanings from the harvest. Don’t strip your vineyard bare or go back and pick up the fallen grapes. Leave them for the poor and the foreigner. I am God, your God.” Leviticus 19: 9-10
  4. “‘If any of your fellow Israelites become poor and are unable to support themselves among you, help them as you would a foreigner and stranger, so they can continue to live among you. Leviticus 25: 35
  5. “If you want to give it all you’ve got,” Jesus replied, “go sell your possessions; give everything to the poor. All your wealth will then be in heaven. Then come follow me.” That was the last thing the young man expected to hear. And so, crestfallen, he walked away. He was holding on tight to a lot of things, and he couldn’t bear to let go. As he watched him go, Jesus told his disciples, “Do you have any idea how difficult it is for the rich to enter God’s kingdom? Let me tell you, it’s easier to gallop a camel through a needle’s eye than for the rich to enter God’s kingdom.” Matthew 19: 21-24
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Responses

  1. Some really great insight you have provided here and a great challenge to your friend from the other side. Remain strong in your convictions, stay focus and always keep your eye on the Lord.

  2. Dear Sister,
    Again it is an argument that shows the deepest well of what “should be a christian attitude”! The old saw “never critize another until you walk in anothers shoes” These who seek a living wage. are trying to prevent what is now happening to oiur seniors.
    Try and explain to those who critize the “fast food” workers. That seniors who have worked all their life. now have to choose between one meal a day or their life saving Rx.

    It is a matter as always of greed or if not that then “I have mine, and I think that I am going to have to share a wee bit with someone else. How tragic that it has now come to this in America.

  3. Dear Dr. Denis,

    How are you, brother? Long time no back and forth! Good to see you.
    And yes, I agree with you heartily. It is all about greed. People cannot lie. Greed is human nature before Christ, and it isn’t easy to live by the Spirit as opposed to the flesh. We have to conquer the flesh in all areas of our lives. (hugs) Thanks for popping by.

  4. Hi Pastor Davis!

    Thank you, my friend and brother in Christ. Love you so much..

  5. I read the aforementioned article and your comments afterward. Thank you for returning that discussion back where it belonged; it had gone somewhere strange and terrifying. The topic is too far beyond me and my general apathy to render any intelligent opinion or solution, but I appreciate, as always, your willingness to dive into the fray!

  6. I love diving into the fray, Struggler. It’s where I’m meant to be it would seem. Thanks for sharing here.


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