We who preach and write, do so in a manner different from which the Scriptures have been written. We write while we make progress. We learn something new every day. We speak as we still knock for understanding...If anyone criticizes me when I have said what is right, he does me an injustice. But I would be more angry with the one who praises me and takes what I have written for Gospel truth than I would be with the one who criticizes me unfairly. -Augustine

Aspiration or Perspiration

Marco Andreoli was 32 years old in 2002 when Italy’s Highest court ordered Marco’s father to pay him approximately $1000 per month until Marco found a job that “fit his aspirations.” Well, I am glad I am not a citizen of Italy because I would go to jail before I ever paid $1000 per month while my lazy son was trying to find his aspirations without any perspiration! What was this court thinking?

That’s just what Marco’s father asked after the decision. According to the British newspaper The Guardian, “The judges said that a parent’s duty of maintenance did not expire when their children reached adulthood, but continued unchanged until they were able to prove either that their children had reached economic independence or had failed to do so through culpable inertia.” If I was Marco Andreoli, my father would have given me inertia at the end of his boot. What was not reflected in the newspaper was that Marco held a law degree, a house on a posh street in Naples, and joint ownership of an investment fund worth more than $390,000. Yet, it was his father’s legal responsibility to fund his son’s lifestyle until he landed the perfect job!

You might ask, “How is this possible?” It starts with a departure from a biblical worldview. Whenever a nation departs from biblical truth for its governance, it opens the door to socialism, Marxism, Nazism, Communism, and just plain out stupidism-even to the removal of the 10 commandments from public sites.

In the book of Isaiah we read: “My people go into exile for lack of knowledge . . . Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!” (Isaiah 5:13, 20) A Biblical worldview doesn’t come through osmosis. It’s time to stand up for the truth; if we don’t stand for something, we will eventually stand for anything.

Published in: on December 3, 2010 at 4:14 am  Leave a Comment