I’ve been thinking for some time about the ideology of the left-wing, progressive, ideologues and their philosophy of punishing the successful, redistribution of wealth, creating a class warfare environment, and building hatred for ALL corporations and EVERYONE who has been successful in their life. I began to think about a parable in the Bible that illustrates the fallacy of that philosophy on all levels and especially a spiritual one.
Let me quote the parable so you can follow my thinking:
Matthew 25:14-30 – “For it is just like a man about to go on a journey, who called his own slaves and entrusted his possessions to them. 15 “To one he gave five talents, to another, two, and to another, one, each according to his own ability; and he went on his journey. 16 “Immediately the one who had received the five talents went and traded with them, and gained five more talents. 17 “In the same manner the one who had received the two talents gained two more. 18 “But he who received the one talent went away, and dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money.
19 “Now after a long time the master of those slaves came and settled accounts with them. 20 “The one who had received the five talents came up and brought five more talents, saying, ‘Master, you entrusted five talents to me. See, I have gained five more talents.’ 21 “His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful slave. You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.’
22 “Also the one who had received the two talents came up and said, ‘Master, you entrusted two talents to me. See, I have gained two more talents.’ 23 “His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful slave. You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.’
24 “And the one also who had received the one talent came up and said, ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow and gathering where you scattered no seed. 25 ‘And I was afraid, and went away and hid your talent in the ground. See, you have what is yours.’
26 “But his master answered and said to him, ‘You wicked, lazy slave, you knew that I reap where I did not sow and gather where I scattered no seed. 27 ‘Then you ought to have put my money in the bank, and on my arrival I would have received my money back with interest. 28 ‘Therefore take away the talent from him, and give it to the one who has the ten talents.’
29 ” For to everyone who has, more shall be given, and he will have an abundance; but from the one who does not have, even what he does have shall be taken away. 30 “Throw out the worthless slave into the outer darkness; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” NASU
If Jesus thought that success should receive punitive action from government, society, the church, and believers this parable would not have been given. In fact, it illustrates that He thought exactly the opposite. Through this parable we are able to illustrate this truth in every facet of life and should, yet it is so easy to “hate” or be “envious” of someone who has achieved a measure of success and “blame” everything except ourselves for our “failure” to do the same. I do not suggest that all playing fields of life are level, there is no mention in the Bible that God ever said it would be. Yet, we have untold accounts of people who dug themselves out of abject poverty to the penthouse through their ingenuity, work ethic, willingness to take risks, frugality, and many times through a rock solid faith in God. The believed before they could see and dreamed dreams that most thought impossible but they clung to them with everything in their hearts and were driven to achieve that lofty prize of success.
Not to laude any man, but I read that Steve Jobs said that “Can’t” wasn’t part of their vocabulary. He stated the Obama was a “Can’t do” President because every time Mr. Jobs and other business leaders would suggest a solution to the POTUS he would tell them, “We can’t do that for one reason or another.” He is visionless when it comes to an America of excellence but driven to fulfill the “Dreams from his father” in destroying capitalism, implementing global anti-colonialism, and creating a world society where EVERYONE is “completely” dependent upon government for their livelihood. I’ve been called so many names because I don’t support him that are both untrue and unfounded that I’ve stopped counting and stopped letting it have any impact upon me and my pursuit of informing people of the danger he poses for not only America but the world and the church.
Look at the parable for just a moment:
Let’s set the scene and filter it through my premise that God wants to reward success and achievement rather than punish it. The man (corporation or individual) distributed “talents” to three people and made them aware that they would be held accountable for what they did with those talents. One was given five (5), another two (2), and the last one (1). The one with five (5) became incredibly industrious and doubled his. He could have lost all five (5) and would have had to account for his failure but he took the risk and achieved success. Likewise the one with two (2) talents did the same. He began with less but he still forged ahead taking the risk and doubled his. The person with one (1) sat on his holdings unwilling to take a risk or make any attempt to achieve a measure of success. His mentality was “status quo”.
Notice what happens when the master returns and does his accounting of what each of the three had done with that which he had entrusted them. To the one with five (5) who had doubled his holdings he was rewarded with more responsibility, more opportunity, and yes more wealth. Likewise the one with two (2) also received compensation, reward, and was given recognition. But, to the one that took no risk and could only offer back to his master the talent he had received with no further achievement, not even interest on the talent, he received chastisement from his master. The master called him a “wicked and lazy person.” Not just lazy but he classified this type of action and thinking as “wickedness”. Therefore, the master took his talent and rewarded the one with ten (10) with that talent also. Then he makes a most compelling statement: “For to everyone who has, more shall be given, and he will have abundance; but from the one who does not have (because of his negligence), even what he has shall be taken away.” [Emphasis mine] He then has him thrown out as one would refuse. Does that sound like Jesus is suggesting taking from those who achieve to give to those who do not, or have a mind-set that they should share in the wealth of the successful without having earned it, worked for it, or contributed to it? HARDLY – He suggested no such rewards program.
To say that the “rich” do not pay their fair share is ludicrous on so many levels that I won’t even take time to address them. We have a country were over 47% of the populace pays ZERO TAXES and possibly over 50% receive some kind of welfare or subsistence from the government paid for by those of us who actually produce and pay taxes. The rich pay most of the taxes. The “so-called” middle class carries a heavy burden to support those who produce nothing and many of which have willingly accepted their state as an acceptable if not desirable lifestyle. That’s why I’ve said before and say again with the apostle Paul:
2 Thessalonians 3:10-13 – “For even when we were with you, we used to give you this order: if anyone is not willing to work, then he is not to eat, either. 11 For we hear that some among you are leading an undisciplined life, doing no work at all, but acting like busybodies. 12 Now such persons we command and exhort in the Lord Jesus Christ to work in quiet fashion and eat their own bread. 13 But as for you, brethren, do not grow weary of doing good.” NASU
Charity and compassion have always been a part of Christianity and should always be. Helping those who either cannot help themselves or temporarily are unable to provide for their own is an endeavor that I have long been involved in and will always be and support. But, for those who “choose” to sit on their backsides and take from those who produce and think it is somehow their right, my compassion wanes dramatically and from what I read in Scripture, so does the Lord’s. Jesus clearly told us that we would never see a poverty-less society prior to His Eternal Rule. Likewise, the Bible set some specific guidelines for giving aid to those in need.
Deuteronomy 15:7-8 – “If there is a poor man with you, one of your brothers, in any of your towns in your land which the LORD your God is giving you, you shall not harden your heart, nor close your hand from your poor brother; 8 but you shall freely open your hand to him, and shall generously lend him sufficient for his need in whatever he lacks.”
Luke 3:11 – “…The man who has two tunics is to share with him who has none; and he who has food is to do likewise.” NASU
Proverbs 22:9 – “He who is generous will be blessed, For he gives some of his food to the poor.” NASU
Proverbs 19:17 – “One who is gracious to a poor man lends to the LORD, And He will repay him for his good deed.” NASU
James 1:27 – “Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.”
1 Timothy 5:3-8 – “Honor widows who are widows indeed; 4 but if any widow has children or grandchildren, they must first learn to practice piety in regard to their own family and to make some return to their parents; for this is acceptable in the sight of God. 5 Now she who is a widow indeed and who has been left alone, has fixed her hope on God and continues in entreaties and prayers night and day. 6 But she who gives herself to wanton pleasure is dead even while she lives. 7 Prescribe these things as well, so that they may be above reproach. 8 But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.” NASU
So, taking care of the truly needy is the responsibility of the church, the local community, and the families of those in need not the Federal government. It should be done through “Christian Charity” or just plain compassion upon our fellow-man. But, to push the majority toward being totally dependent on the government for their existence is foreign to everything that I understand from scripture, foreign to what I find in the writings and documentation of the Founding Fathers of this country, and foreign to reason. If we would stop punishing the successful, they would continue to venture into new spheres and thereby create opportunity for EVERYONE, at a minimum, the ability to provide for their own. I’ve been jobless and penniless not knowing where my next meal was coming from. I’ve had to live with family members because I could not afford housing but I NEVER adopted it as a permanent state and never lost my dream, drive, and vision to, through the help of God, attain independence and ablity to give to those less fortunate than myself. That being said, when someone “expects” a handout and believes it is their right to receive it without any work whatsoever, I find that most reprehensible. That reminds me of a situation my dad shared years ago.
He and my mother had been fishing and caught several fish. They were bringing them home to clean and eat but he was moved to give them to a neighbor who was a single woman with children that were in their teens. He stopped and asked if she would like to have the fish for her family. She then asked, “Are they cleaned?” He was shocked and even angered at that statement and said, “No they are not, do you want them or not?” She didn’t because it meant that she or her teenage children would have to dress the fish and prepare them for cooking. Dad always reached out to the needy but he found laziness intolerable in us (his children) or anyone else. I believe that is the basis of Paul’s statement in Thessalonians and Jesus’ representation in the parable I used as a springboard to say what I have said.
AMERICA we have to return to our roots and stop the insanity of creating a dependent society. Our dependence must be on God and our ability and/or willingness to produce rather than receive a handout from the government. Therefore, as for me and my house when November 2012 rolls around we will vote to remove from office every candidate that we have opportunity to vote for that supports the “welfare state”, “redistribution”, “progressive”, “socialist”, “class warfare” ideology and cast our ballots for those who support RESTORING THIS GREAT LAND TO WHAT IT WAS ESTABLISHED TO BE! As stated many times before, my commitment is to prayer for this nation, to work to see her restored, and staying energized and engaged in informing people as to what the real issues are and where we need to go as a nation and a people. You follow your heart and conscience. May God bless you and may God bless America!