This week we will take a look at the angel of light’s attempt to show Satan’s compassion to all. We will look at ‘wealth distribution’. The angel of light says,”we, the government, must redistribute money from the successful and wealthy to the poor and disadvantaged to right the wrongs of society.” He even quotes the Bible…it is the Parable of the Good Samaritan where the Bible says,”I am my brother’s keeper.” What is Satan’s real goal? Reward laziness and unproductivity, which leads to dependence. The Bible has something to say about this…”You shall not steal.” [Exodus 20:15].
Once the liberal element has implemented a progressive tax scheme of taking money from producers in society, it then redistributes the money in various schemes to obtain and retain power. Money is given to special interest groups that support their liberal agenda such as Planned Parenthood, labor unions, public radio, the arts, etc. It is also used to purchase votes from individuals in the form of government handouts. Not to be confused, there are good reasons to help certain individuals. There are those individuals with developmental disabilities, there are children who need assistance, people with medical issues, elderly that need care, and people who have lost their jobs. There are many who cannot get needed government assistance because too many that are getting government handouts are mentally and physically capable of working but choose not to. Today you can receive monthly handouts for welfare, food, housing, phones, electricity and more. An old adage has been updated: Give a man a fish and he will ask for tartar sauce and French fries! Moreover, some politician who wants his vote will declare all these things to be among his “basic rights”.
You only have to go to California to get an example of acts of stupidity leading to government waste…that is your tax dollars. In 2018 the liberal mayor of Stockton, California, implemented a policy of paying criminals not to commit crimes. Cash monthly payments are paid to low-income men that are likely to commit violent crimes. Most of the targeted crime is committed by young men, gangs, or is drug related. Giving free money to these people with no responsibility attached would just be aiding them in committing more and larger crimes.
Wasteful government spending is not limited to liberal leadership in the states. A large centralized federal government also spends money…once again your tax dollars…on a lot of wasteful projects. For more than 20 years, Northwestern University researchers received National Institutes of Health money to watch hamsters fight. Reportedly the project costs over $3 million. If you are interested in more…and I mean much more…examples like this, there is an annual Congressional Pig Book that lists wasteful government projects and studies.
The Federal government also sends hundreds of millions of dollars a year to other countries. Some of these countries are declared enemies of America. If this doesn’t help point out that liberal policies want America to fail nothing else will. Why would you or how can you justify sending money to enemies that want to destroy you? A liberal president sent $1.7 billion dollars in cash to Iran, a country whose main purpose is to destroy Israel and America.
But then the liberals would try to twist the Word of God to convince conservatives of their ‘evil ways’. When it comes to wealth redistribution they say for government to take from the wealthy and give to the poor is in accordance with the Bible and that Jesus was a ‘liberal’. Nothing could be further from the truth. Nowhere in the Bible are any scriptures related to government forcibly taking wealth from anyone and redistributing it to others in need.
Once again a liberal president used his lack of knowledge of the Bible to state, “But part of that belief comes from my faith in the idea that I am my brother’s keeper and I am my sister’s keeper; that as a country, we rise and fall together: I’m not an island.” What does the Bible really say about being my “brother’s keeper”? Some will attempt to use the story of Cain and Abel in Genesis 4:8-10 as justification. Cain had just murdered his brother out of jealous anger and God asked Cain where his brother was. Cain responded, “am I my brother’s keeper?” How can this be interpreted to mean that we are to care for others in society. Cain’s response was an excuse to cover his crime of murder. It was a lie. The liberal president did the same thing to deflect from the truth.
Another example is the parable of the Good Samaritan. A Samaritan on his travels found a man lying on the side of the road who had been attacked by robbers. The man was injured and the Samaritan helped him. This parable tells us to show mercy and compassion on those we meet that are suffering, hurt or have encountered misfortune. The injuries were not of the man’s accord. The Samaritan only helped the injured man temporarily, until he became healthy. Jesus wants us to give a helping hand to those in need that we encounter and help make them well. The liberals, however, twists the scripture to mean endless government handouts for all, including healthy people who can work.
Many liberals seem to have forgotten about the Eighth Commandment…not ‘suggestion’. Wealth redistribution is the government legislating taking money or property from one person and giving it to another. Liberals believe in wealth redistribution. If a private citizen did this it would be called stealing.
President Teddy Roosevelt said, “The Eighth Commandment reads ‘Thou shall not steal’. It does not read ‘Thou shall not steal from the rich man.’ It does not read ‘Thou shall not steal from the poor man.’ It simply and plainly reads, ‘Thou shall not steal’.”
Thomas Sowell once commented,”I have never understood why it is ‘greed’ to want to keep the money you have earned but not greed to want to take somebody else’s money?”
Another well read commentator, Walter Williams, said,”No matter how worthy the cause, it is robbery, theft, and injustice to confiscate the property of one person and give it to another to whom it does not belong.” He further said,”For the Christians among us, socialism and the welfare state must be seen as sinful. When God gave Moses the commandment ‘Thou shall not steal’ I’m sure He didn’t mean thou shall not steal unless there’s a majority vote. Likewise, if you asked God if it’s OK just being a recipient of stolen property, He would deem that a sin as well.”
Stealing is stealing no matter how you sugar coat it! When was the last time you heard welfare discussed from the pulpit?
Next week we will look at the blessings received from working and giving and at the liberal attempt to steal these blessings. Another worthy subject to be found occasionally in the pulpit.
– Bob Munsey
“Every day you don’t rejoice is a day lost! You will never have that day again.” (Father Suroianu, Tirgul-Ocna prison, Romania, 1953)