The Economic Problem of Sin
From American Thinker by Bruce Walker
Sin is an unpopular topic. In Hollywood today, unmarried pretty faces procreate and then splash baby pictures on the front of every women’s magazine in America. No one dares question if the parents of this child have sinned, but, of course, they have. Indeed, they have sinned in several ways. They have conceived a child out of wedlock, which is a sin. They have also provided an example for millions of young women who lack the money to hire nannies and who imagine that their idols would not lead them into miserable lives. These unwed mothers, their children, and the unwed fathers too have rejected not just the rules of God, which — amazingly! — do not just deliver us from evil but also make our lives happier, healthier, and more successful.
Psychologists and other social experts take the sting out of sin. If sexually aroused young people make a child, this inconvenient debris can always be snuffed. If the pregnant mother chooses to have her baby, a host of government programs, from WIC to child support enforcement, will insure that the biological sperm donor is relegated to irrelevance in the life of the child. The idea that both parents have done something fundamentally wrong is as absent as the idea that people still sin. Even the word “sin” makes many of us uneasy. Who are we to say what is right and wrong? “We” are, indeed, nothing. Sin is a principle of God, not men.
But put faith aside for a moment. Take God out of the picture. What are the consequences of a child growing up with only one parent, a mother, who is dependent upon government largess and coercive child support programs to survive? Poverty, for one thing, is much more likely in this fatherless home. The child is more likely to grow up contemptuous of work and of school. He is more likely to be crippled by drugs, alcohol, depression, and delinquency. Rather than taking care of society, as we have expected new generations to do, this child is much more likely to need society to take care of him.
More and more people and politicians have come to couch every issue into economic terms. This is a flawed viewpoint, but say we accept the premise anyway. What is the biggest economic problem in America today? It is simply sin. Everyone now agrees that the best way to a productive society is to have people emotionally well-adjusted, physically healthy, well educated, temperate drinkers, good and interested parents, strategic financially (e.g. people who save rather than always spend), and who provide for family members and others a private social safety net.
A society that condemns sin and urges people to reject sin produces just that sort of people. Couples marry before they have children; they raise children in a two family home; they work, stay sober, care for family members and members of their church or synagogue, draw happiness and confidence from religious faith, plan ahead, study (how quickly we forget, in our infatuation with public education, that the idea of literacy was uniquely religious in origin – Jewish boys and Scottish girls and boys were the first children compelled to become literate, and the reasons had entirely to do with religious injunctions. Sins of omission and sins of commission bring us into a society which must be supported by props of massive social programs, huge public relations campaigns, and an enormous amount of our energy. And all this does not work. Pseudo-morality simply makes us feel better for awhile. When people begin to believe that sin is a myth, then they lose all immunity to the soul disease which will slowly kill them.
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