THE VOICE IN RAMAH
Ramah has historical and moral significance for us today. What happened in Ramah has happened on a much larger scale in the U.S.A. During the invasion of Babylon, the King of Judah held Jeremiah in prison. He was taken to Ramah, freed, and then killed by those who escaped to Egypt. Before he died, he had this vision: “A voice is heard in Ramah, weeping and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted, because they are no more” (Jeremiah 31:15). The same voice was heard in Bethlehem when Herod killed all the male children under the age of two (Matthew 2:18). For some time now, the same voice has been heard in our land, while women were allowed to abort their children who could be paying for their retirement.
Rachel also had a symbolic meaning. She was Jacob’s first love. Before her marriage could be consummated, her lover had to serve her father for fourteen years and sleep first with her sister Leah. Then Leah had all the sons to build a nation. When Joseph finally arrived, she turned him into a prince. His half-brothers rejected him and sold him into slavery. Down the corridor of history, Rachel’s offspring Saul (Benjamin) became the first king and Ephraim (Joseph) the first and last nation of Israel. By the time of Jeremiah, Rachel’s seed had vanished and by the time of Christ, Leah’s son Judah was facing a similar fate. But what Herod did was minor to what Rome would do to the Jewish state and people. Rachel was a living example of what happens to a people that leaves no supporting and surviving heirs.
Rachel represents America. This nation has aborted the children that could be paying for our Baby-Boomer’s retirements. The very people, that want financial security from others, have destroyed the bridge before they crossed the river into retirement. A nation that places pleasure ahead of necessity cannot survive. Gayety and same sex-marriages do not built a future. We have failed to take a hint from the wise Solomon: “Sons are a heritage from the Lord, children a reward from him. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are sons born in one’s youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. They will not be put to shame when they contend with their enemies in the gate” (Psalm 127:3-5). There was and still is a reason why God does not allow sexual pleasure to interfere with the growth and survival of a nation (James 1:13-15).
The politicians of this nation are at a loss how to sustain the financial burden of those that no longer can contribute to their deserved old age leisure. It is troubling to hear a congressman asking what Jesus would do? He might say, “What have you done with your children?” Their blood cries out to God from the ground (Gen.4: 10). Perhaps, more appropriately, He may ask, ” Have you rendered to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s and to God the things that are God’s?”(Mk.12: 17). Jesus too said, “The poor you will always have” (Mt.26: 11). That means you can take care of them by giving them a job instead of feeding them. They should be paying into their own retirement and not depend on others to provide them with old-age security. Now, Congress wants to take from those that paid into Social Security and insure those that did not contribute to their retirement. That is a violation of trust and a misappropriation of designated retirement funds.
There is another answer Jesus gave and that should make our socialists cringe. A man ordered Jesus, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.” Jesus answered, “Man, who appointed me a judge or an arbiter between you?” Then He added, “Watch out! Be on guard against all kinds of greed; a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions” (Lk.12: 14-15). In case this man’s brother was present, then he too heard an earful. He was the fool with the big barns that refused to share (Lk.12: 16-21). In either case, Jesus did not take from one person and give to another by coercion or by law; nor did he force the rich man to share his wealth. Jesus’ followers did in the beginning share their wealth (Ac.4: 36-37), but with dire consequences (II Cor.9: 1-5). Before I turned fifteen my parents lost two places they had built. Presently, many of us have already lost their homes and properties to financial institutions that are being bailed out with taxes. Socialism cannot exist without a rich uncle.
There is one more answer and this one hurts because there is no recovery from a diminished labor force that can no longer pay for our lifestyle. Legislators have disobeyed the Creator and broken His first and most profound law, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it” (Gen.1: 28). It is strange thinking and contrary to God’s command to multiply. If women do not have to reproduce and men do not have to be fathers and providers, then who will pay for their retirement? This is compounded by a green mentality that does not allow man to subdue our rich earth; therefore, it makes a recovery from our own demise impossible. We cannot subdue the earth without first filling it with children that can pay for our stay. Like Rachael, this nation ought to cry for her children!