Bail-Out Executives Speak to Homeschoolers

President Obama’s plan to restrict the pay of top executives of the firms who received the largest bail-out amounts fills the news this week. While some object to government dictating corporate pay policies, one important truth remains: Our rewards are directly related to our results. Or at least they should be.

For executives to receive a $10 million dollar pay package after steering their companies toward bankruptcy, ultimately requiring massive infusion of tens of billions of dollars to prevent their complete collapse strikes most Americans as unfair and downright wrong.

Paul puts it quite simply in 2 Thes 3:10, “For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: ‘If a man will not work, he shall not eat.'”

Our children need to learn this simple truth without President Obama needing to come and tell them. In this life our rewards are directly related to our productivity- in every area except one.

And that of course is the area of eternal life where our works don’t amount to a hill of beans. In Ephesians 2:4-10 Paul reminds us, “But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

Our children need to know this too. Talk with your children today about the areas in which our reward is the result of our works- and about the one area in which this isn’t true. We ALL need to know the difference.


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