Imagine getting paid not to go to work. It has been reported that the Green Bay Packers offered Brett Favre 20 million dollars over the next ten years if he will stay retired. Pretty good deal if you ask me.
Last week we had a woman from Little Acres Farm speak to the Rotary Club about farming in Connecticut and someone asked the question about farm subsidies and if we get many in Connecticut. She replied we didn't get many because they were reserved for the big farms in the midwest. That made me mad. Why is it that those who needed it the most, the small farmers, are really losing out? Something is wrong with this scenario.
It reminded me of the scene in the Gospels where the religious leaders complain about Jesus spending too much time and attention on the "sinners and publicans." Jesus told them that "those who are well have no need of a physician." Then he claimed the name of the good physician. He told them he came to save the lost and the sick. In other words, he came to help those who really needed help.
That is good news for us. It means Jesus cares and he will be there when we need him. We can go to him as we are. We don't have to be perfect. He knows we aren't and that's ok. He wants to help us get there and to turn things around so we can live a meaningful and productive life that will glorify God.
That's the kind of subsidy that we all need.