Sunday, February 15, 2009

CEO Pay

When I present myself for a doctor’s visit I am expected to present my “co pay”. Well, I want to make you aware that when we present ourselves at a bank or loan organization we (you and I) also have a “CEO pay” and the new limit is $500,000. I hope you realize this “CEO pay” has been coming out of our pockets regularly.

Now the Executive Branch and the Congress have attempted to minimize ”CEO pay”.

The morality of the whole issue is very disconcerting and as this breech in ethics and the wanton stripping of our livelihood continues, I just want to be vociferous. Think about what harm is being done! Think about the money we have bilked.

With “CEO pay” comes “CEO privilege”. Take for example the peanut poisonings. Before our most august leaders the peanut CEO pleads the Fifth Amendment. Then there appears to be no government action. No indictment for the alleged money gained falsely or the alleged murders. Then the peanut CEO administered the coup de grace, bankruptcy. Our champions of justice sit quietly.

Now the possible murders are at the top of my quarrel, along with jet plan rides, Las Vegas nights and Scottsdale banquets and the loss of income from downed investments.

James the brother of Jesus had some excellent incites to my ravings.

(James 5:1-9 WNT) “Come, you rich men, weep aloud and howl for your sorrows which will soon be upon you. Your treasures have rotted, and your piles of clothing are moth-eaten; your gold and your silver have become covered with rust, and the rust on them will give evidence against you, and will eat your flesh like fire. You have hoarded up wealth in these last days. I tell you that the pay of the laborers who have gathered in your crops--pay which you are keeping back--is calling out against you; and the outcries of those who have been your reapers have entered into the ears of the Lord of the armies of Heaven. Here on earth you have lived self-indulgent and profligate lives. You have stupefied yourselves with gross feeding; but a day of slaughter has come. You have condemned--you have murdered-- the righteous man: he offers no resistance. Be patient therefore, brethren, until the Coming of the Lord. Notice how eagerly a farmer waits for a valuable crop! He is patient over it till it has received the early and the later rain. So you also must be patient: keeping up your courage; for the Coming of the Lord is now close at hand. Do not cry out in condemnation of one another, brethren, lest you come under judgment. I tell you that the Judge is standing at the door.”

We have been redeemed and as redeemed people we need to address the sin that encroaches and name the sin of our attackers and name our attackers. I keep in mind that our attackers are supported by Satan. “Eph 6:12 for we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places”.

Keep an eye on your “CEO pay”, better yet, keep an eye on the CEOs.

Eutychus

3 comments:

Kyle said...

This post is nearly beyond the pale. James's comments were written to a church - and his warnings were for those in the church who were wealthy, not for the unbelieving wealthy in the world. As Paul wrote, "what business is it of mine to judge those outside the church?" 1 Cor 5:12

To insinuate that people who are wealthy are our enemies, and are "supported by Satan" by quoting Eph 6:12 is remarkable.

Who edits this "biblical worldview" blog?

Eutychus said...

Matthew Henry said. Let us consider the address to sinners; and here we find James seconding what his great Master had said: Woe unto you that are rich; for you have received your consolation, Luk_6:24. The rich people to whom this word of warning was sent were not such as professed the Christian religion, but the worldly and unbelieving Jews, such as are here said to condemn and kill the just, which the Christians had no power to do; and though this epistle was written for the sake of the faithful, and was sent principally to them, yet, by an apostrophe, the infidel Jews may be well supposed here spoken to. They would not hear the word, and therefore it is written, that they might read it. It is observable, in the very first inscription of this epistle, that it is not directed, as Paul's epistles were, to the brethren in Christ, but, in general, to the twelve tribes; and the salutation is not, grace and peace from Christ, but, in general, greeting, Jam_1:1. The poor among the Jews received the gospel, and many of them believed; but the generality of the rich rejected Christianity, and were hardened in their unbelief, and hated and persecuted those who believed on Christ. To these oppressing, unbelieving, persecuting, rich people, the apostle addresses himself in the first six verses.
Let me point out that I am not against wealth, but rotten wealth.

Kyle said...

Matthew Henry's argument is untenable on it's face. Those "rich" whom Henry claims James was condemning would never have read his letter. No epistle was written to "the world," and we have examples where the apostles (in fact) warn us not to condemn the world. We have parallels to the "wicked rich" in the church in 1 & 2 Cor, who would eat all the food and get drunk at the communal/communion feasts.

Matthew Henry was erroneous about a great many things, it's unfortunate that the Reformed still claim him as their own (ditto Richard Baxter).

It matters not what type of wealth you are against, I myself am rather lower-middle-class, and have no love for the wealthy. Nearly every book in the bible warns against the abuses common to the wealthy, and how God protects/cries out for the poor.

The real problem is you declaring them as our enemies, "supported by Satan," and using Eph 6:12 to support that.

These people are IN THE WORLD, what do you expect them to behave as? (again, go to 1 Cor 5). Who are really our enemies? Wealthy worldlings, or false teachers inside the church? The texts thunder back the latter. (I would even argue that James, Eph and Luke all do the same.)

"Woe to you who are rich…" Who was the audience? Covenant members. Jews. Not worldlings.