Greg Gianforte is a billionaire who is setting the stage to run for governor of Montana, but I suspect policy positions like this aren’t going to help him appeal to voters. He told a group at a Bible college that no one should retire because — get this — Noah never retired.
In a February talk at the Montana Bible College about how to find “godly purpose” in work, Gianforte explained why retirement isn’t consistent with biblical teachings.
“There’s nothing in the Bible that talks about retirement. And yet it’s been an accepted concept in our culture today,” he said. “Nowhere does it say, ‘Well, he was a good and faithful servant, so he went to the beach.’ It doesn’t say that anywhere.”
“The example I think of is Noah,” he continued. “How old was Noah when he built the ark? 600. He wasn’t like, cashing Social Security checks, he wasn’t hanging out, he was working. So, I think we have an obligation to work. The role we have in work may change over time, but the concept of retirement is not biblical.”
His basis for public policy is a fictional character. And the list of things that isn’t biblical is long. The microphone he spoke into when making this statement isn’t biblical either. He isn’t the first to make this argument, of course. Rabbi Daniel Lapin has made it too. But Lapin isn’t running for office. And telling the elderly that they should get off their lazy asses and get back to work because God says so is not a good way to get them to vote for you.