As of September 8, 2017, our national debt passed the $20 trillion mark. As a father and grandfather, I’m concerned about how the mounting debt and its accompanying interest liabilities will affect future generations.
I hate debt. It bothers me to see money that could be used to provide for a family’s needs thrown away in interest payments. Just as debt affects the stability of a family’s future, so our national debt leaves us in a position of instability and uncertainty.
I like budgets, especially when they are followed. A budget gives a family or a nation clear goals and guidelines for spending. A budget that allows room to build up a surplus for emergencies is evidence of wise management of finances.
As a fiscal conservative, I want to keep taxes and regulations under control, decreasing them whenever we can. But I also want to be practical. I realize that there might be a need, as a last resort, to increase them in order to fulfill our financial obligations.
We do not need to keep spending more than we can afford. As Ronald Reagan aptly expressed it, “Balancing the budget is a little like protecting your virtue: You just have to learn to say ‘no.’”
As we hear on the news about the debate over creation versus evolution, we can easily be tempted to ask, “Does it really matter?” I believe it does.
One major reason is that it makes a huge difference in the moral compass of our society. Creationists believe that humans were created by a superior being. Evolutionists believe mankind evolved from very primitive, non-living matter through various animal forms until we reached our current state.
Let’s look at the moral consequences of each.
If humans were created, then there must be a purpose for their creation. Our lives were meant to matter for something. Anyone who studies the human body can see the absolutely brilliant way it is put together. Add to that the amazing ability to reason and be creative, and it’s obvious that humans are amazing creatures who deserve to be given dignity and value.
If humans evolved, everything has happened by chance.
Belief in evolution makes it easy to call a baby in the womb a “blob of tissue,” easily removed if it might end up interfering with one’s life plans.
I would encourage everyone to look into the claims of both creation and evolution before adopting a stance. The future of our society depends on it.