Labor Day 2015: Is Work Part of God’s Design or Is It a Curse?

Dr. Jerry Newcombe is a key archivist of the D. James Kennedy Legacy Library, a spokesman and cohost of Kennedy Classics.
Dr. Jerry Newcombe is a key archivist of the D. James Kennedy Legacy Library, a spokesman and cohost of Kennedy Classics.

As another Labor Day approaches, how are we doing when it comes to work?

Millions of Americans are perpetually unemployed.

Writing for Pew Reports (11/14/14), Drew DeSilver notes, “…more than 92 million Americans — 37% of the civilian population aged 16 and over — are neither employed nor unemployed, but fall in the category of ‘not in the labor force.’ That means they aren’t working now but haven’t looked for work recently enough to be counted as unemployed … the share of folks not in the labor force remains near all-time highs.”

Today, 46 million Americans are living on food stamps. That’s almost one out of six of us subsisting on something initially designed as a stop-gap measure for the truly down and out.

This is quite tragic when you think about it. I think part of this is the result of the nanny state. Big government tries to solve problems and ends up creating more problems.

As Ronald Reagan said in his First Inaugural Address (1/20/1981), “In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.”

He added, “From time to time we’ve been tempted to believe that society has become too complex to be managed by self-rule, that government by an elite group is superior to government for, by, and of the people.”

Thus, we have replaced “we the people” with “we the elite,” and we’re paying a price for it.

But all politics aside, is work part of God’s design or is it a curse?

Work is good.

Work was designed by God, says the Bible: “The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and to care for it.”

We are designed to work and labor gives meaning and purpose to everyday lives. We are commanded to work.

Work came before the fall of man. It’s made harder by the fall, but work itself is not a curse. It’s just that everything, including work is under a curse.

We don’t necessarily think of ancient man as being lazy. But I think it’s fair to say that ancient wealthy man was. The Greeks and the Romans used their slaves to do their hard work.

The late Larry Burkett points out: “The Greeks degraded into a nation of idle talkers who were easily overrun by the Romans.”

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SOURCE: The Christian Post
Dr. Jerry Newcombe is a key archivist of the D. James Kennedy Legacy Library and a Christian TV producer. He has also written or co-written 23 books, including The Book That Made America: How the Bible Formed Our Nation and (with D. James Kennedy), What If Jesus Had Never Been Born? His views are his own.

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