21:5 Diligence vs. Haste

Microwave ovens were one result of an unhasty financial policy.

Microwave ovens were one result of an unhasty financial policy.

The plans of the diligent tend only to plenty; but of every one who is hasty only to want.

When Ronald Reagan took office, he inherited the worst economy of fifty years. Inflation was in double digits. Production was stagnant. Gasoline prices were soaring.

Hurting people shrieked for the government to do something—anything. His fearful advisors also urged government intervention in the economy. Reagan refused quick fixes. Firmly committed to private enterprise, he cut taxes, reduced government spending, and condensed or removed regulations. The results were months in coming, but restored the American economy.

What is more, his tax cuts and deregulation freed private capital to fund production of new goods, such as microwaves and personal computers. Over the course of fifteen years, his supply-side economics resulted in the huge tax surpluses which Clinton inherited.

The panic-stricken “do-something” people with their hasty plans only make matters worse, as Roosevelt’s unsuccessful alphabet agencies, Nixon’s gasoline rationing, Bush’s bank bailouts, and Obama’s huge stimulus packages demonstrate.

Sins are like economics. They are often an attempt to get quickly what we should obtain slowly by prudence and forethought.

Jesus never went for the quick fix if it meant sinning. On the contrary, his death was pre-planned before the creation of the world. Since all of the evidence shows our universe is at least twelve and a half billion years old, it is fair to say there was nothing hasty about God’s plan of salvation. It was a plan over twelve billion years in implementation.

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