- Isn’t that the basic argument for theft and the enslavement of others?
- Some people deserve freedom of speech. They expect others to fund their freedom of speech.
- Some people deserve a good education. They expect others to pay for their education.
- Some people deserve — have the right to — health care. They expect “free” health care.
- Some people want it all, and they want it now! So they scheme to “legally” cheat their customers.
- Some people want to retire in their fifties. They form labor monopolies (unions). Then they compel the taxpayers to fund their cushy retirements.
- Some people think no one has the right to say what they are doing is wrong. They define tolerance as government making the “hateful” people shut up.
- Some people demand agreement. They reserve freedom of speech to those who agree with them.
- Some people desire the perfect life. They expect others (government) to make their lives safe, happy, and devoid of risk.
Because of the “I deserve it” crowd (That’s most of us.), we are broke. The Federal Government runs huge deficits and threatens to impoverish future generations. State governments founder under the burden of costly and ineffective education and health care programs. Local communities find it difficult to refuse increasing their debt burden. Our industries become less competitive every year.
What is the problem? Why does our once confident people now display the acumen of a reeling drunk? Have we forgotten that we do not have the right force others to exalt our pride?
Philippians 2:1-11 (Today’s New International Version, ©2005)
Imitating Christ’s Humility
Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.
In your relationships with one another, have the same attitude of mind Christ Jesus had:
Who, being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
rather, he made himself nothing
by taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
And being found in appearance as a human being,
he humbled himself
by becoming obedient to death—
even death on a cross!
Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name,
that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.
Follow the example of Christ. If we obey God’s will — if we love God and neighbor — He will exalt us.