KING SOLOMON ON GOVERNMENT CHARITY

English: Judgement of Solomon
English: Judgement of Solomon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Rudy u Martinka has an interesting tagline: What the world needs now in addition to love is wisdom. With that thought in mind,  scatterwisdom studies and shares the wisdom of King Solomon.

Solomon provides a great deal of material. He wrote three of the books in the Bible, and two without a doubt concern the subject of wisdom.

Two of ‘s recent posts are related.

Here is how King Solomon and Sharing Wealth begins:

Sharing wealth is a hot political topic in the US news lately. That is because the balance of wealth curve of the extremely rich one percent in comparison to the poor or middle class has become more skewed in the past thirty years. This subject seems to have existed 3000 years ago and throughout history and may have contributed to the rise and fall of many past civilizations. (continued here)

And here is how King Solomon’s Caution About Giving Endlessly begins:

In my earlier blog posting titled King Solomon and Sharing Wealth, I surmised King Solomon’s views why the rich should share their wealth with the poor. Many liberal politicians may believe this is best achieved through taxation. However, many rich taxpayers do not believe they should share their wealth with the non-deserving. (continued here)

Curious as to where 3000 year old wisdom might lead? Check out ‘s posts.

I will just observe here that the Bible makes charity a personal responsibility. When we try to make government leaders responsible for administering charity, they cannot succeed.

Why can’t government competently administer welfare programs? A welfare state and a republic promote contrary values.

When we give government officials responsibility for administering charity, then we give government officials the power to redistribute the wealth. That creates a conflict of interest both in elected leaders and in the electorate. How can we trust people we have given the power to redistribute the wealth to also protect our right to acquire and own property?  How can we trust each other not to vote for politicians who promise to redistribute “other people’s money”  into our own pockets?

On the other hand, when government exists to protect individual rights, the people have little reason to vote for a politician just because he promises to give them something they know is not his to give.  In fact, they will be more concerned about voting for leaders who promise to protect their right to earn and own property. Nobody wants to be robbed of what rightfully belongs to them.

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