Note: All verses taken from New Living Translation

“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” Too often, we get caught up in our long-term goals and plans.  At the age of 18, we are expected to have at least the next 3-5 years of our lives figured out. Where we are going to go to college? What we are getting a degree in? Who do we want to marry? What kind of house we plan to live in? They call it the “5-year plan” but that’s not what Jeremiah 29:11 tells us. While it is important to have some idea of where we want to be in 5 years, it is simply not possible to have everything figured out. It’s easy to relate this verse to our personal lives, but how can we relate it to conservative politics?

This verse does not promise us we will fulfill all of our desires in life; such as marriage, wealth, and a long healthy life, all of which are things our American culture tends to make us feel entitled too. According to the Declaration of Independence “Men are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights- life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” Unalienable rights are those we are born with. The government does not grant these rights, nor does it take them away. Take the idea of free college for example. As Americans, we are not entitled to a free college education. Going to college is a privilege, not a given right. Privileges are those things we work for, they are not freely given to us. The only exception applies to those whose job it is to protect our country: our military. They are putting their lives on the line in order for us to have the rights we have. 

What else does the Bible say about entitlement? 2 Thessalonians 3:10 says “Even while we were with you, we gave you this command: “Those unwilling to work will not get to eat.”” Again, we must work for the luxuries and privileges in life. We must understand that they will not be handed to us freely. Given the current state of our divided nation, It’s time we go back to basing our beliefs on the framework our founding fathers laid out for us. We must not forget what the Bible says about the entitlement mentality.

Bethany P