HOW DO WE SHOW OTHERS WE LOVE THEM?

Anti-capitalist propaganda (from here)

How do we show others we love them? We forgive their sins against us, and we serve them. When it comes to our government how do we show others we love them? There is a wrong way. We can fix the blame for their troubles on someone else.

In a market economy, some inequality is necessary to reward innovation and hard work, but too often class differences are abused by cynical politicians.

Inequality can be too extreme. Future prosperity is not well served when the children of the poor and working classes are trapped in dysfunctional communities and denied access to decent schools, universities and other means for escape.

In a democracy, politicians can exploit those conditions with quite destructive consequences. Fraudulent social security disability pensions, food stamps, subsidized housing and free health care are significantly responsible for many able bodied adults dropping out of the workforce. Within a few years, those render most recipients unfit for gainful employment and create a class of voters beholding to promiscuous politicians.

Democrats have a simple explanation for inequality — it is the maniacal outcome of a culture dominated by white males. Hence, it is immoral and should be slain by an elaborate system of redistributionist policies and regulations that relentlessly punish a whole class defined at birth by gender and race — white males. (from here)

Peter Morici is an economist. So he talks about economic problems and economic solutions. In his article, When politicians exploit inequality, Morici cannot avoid looking at what motivates Democrat politicians, but he never quite explains what we should stand for.  Here is his “solution”.

Mr. Trump would do well to refocus his energies on disassembling the apparatus of political correctness in practice and implementing radical trade reforms, or reconcile to the GOP losing control of Congress in 2018 and the presidency in 2020. (from here)

In so far as it goes, what Morici suggests is okay, but his solutions would not help the children of the poor and working classes, people trapped in dysfunctional communities and denied access to decent schools, universities and other means for escape. So why doesn’t Morici offer a solution? Not sure.

Is there a governmental solution for those trapped in poverty? No. Redistributionist policies and regulations pose two big problems.

  • Because they involve stealing from one group and distributing those stolen goods to another, redistributionist policies and regulations pose ethical issues.
  • Redistributionist policies and regulations give government officials too much power and lead to tyranny.

Both Nazism and Communism offer socialist policies. Both fixed the blame on someone else and then offered Socialism as a fix. The Communists blamed the rich. The Nazis blamed the Jews. Both Nazism and Communism used old and ugly biases as excuses to seize extraordinary powers. Then they sought destroy those they blamed and to implement Socialist policies.

So what is the solution for poverty? Honest charity. To make that point, let’s consider two passages from the Bible.

Matthew 6:19-21 Good News Translation (GNT)

19 “Do not store up riches for yourselves here on earth, where moths and rust destroy, and robbers break in and steal. 20 Instead, store up riches for yourselves in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and robbers cannot break in and steal. 21 For your heart will always be where your riches are.

When we give from the heart, we earn treasures in heaven. That is, there is a reward for generosity. Those who do not give do not earn the reward.

2 Corinthians 9:6-15 Good News Translation (GNT)

Remember that the person who plants few seeds will have a small crop; the one who plants many seeds will have a large crop. You should each give, then, as you have decided, not with regret or out of a sense of duty; for God loves the one who gives gladly. And God is able to give you more than you need, so that you will always have all you need for yourselves and more than enough for every good cause. As the scripture says,

“He gives generously to the needy;
    his kindness lasts forever.”

10 And God, who supplies seed for the sower and bread to eat, will also supply you with all the seed you need and will make it grow and produce a rich harvest from your generosity. 11 He will always make you rich enough to be generous at all times, so that many will thank God for your gifts which they receive from us. 12 For this service you perform not only meets the needs of God’s people, but also produces an outpouring of gratitude to God. 13 And because of the proof which this service of yours brings, many will give glory to God for your loyalty to the gospel of Christ, which you profess, and for your generosity in sharing with them and everyone else. 14 And so with deep affection they will pray for you because of the extraordinary grace God has shown you. 15 Let us thank God for his priceless gift!

The passage above makes several pertinent points.

  • God expects us to give cheerfully. Taxes don’t leave us a choice, and very few pay cheerfully.
  • What we give to others is given to us by God. He provides to those who do His work.
  • Giving is a gift. When our government redistributes our wealth, it deprives of the opportunity to give.

So how do we use government to show others how much we love them? We don’t. At best we can just use government to protect each others rights. Trying to use government to redistribute the wealth is just asking for trouble.

Consider the following and see What does it mean to be wise as serpents and harmless as doves (Matthew 10:16)? (gotquestions.org).

Matthew 10:16 Good News Translation (GNT)

16 “Listen! I am sending you out just like sheep to a pack of wolves. You must be as cautious as snakes and as gentle as doves.

Setting up our country to be eaten by a pack of wolfish politicians is neither cautious or harmless.

Instead of envying the selfish, we should pity them. Even in this life they are losers. Generous souls are at peace with God. They know our Lord, and they have the added comfort of those who love them. The selfish and the prideful, however, see all as competitors and even as enemies. They have everything invested in this life, and they can see it ends.

Isaiah 57:18-21 Good News Translation (GNT)

18 “I have seen how they acted, but I will heal them. I will lead them and help them, and I will comfort those who mourn. 19 I offer peace to all, both near and far! I will heal my people. 20 But evil people are like the restless sea, whose waves never stop rolling in, bringing filth and muck. 21 There is no safety for sinners,” says the Lord.

Other Views On Christian Charity

 

Caricature by C.Léandre (France, 1898) showing Rothschild with the world in his hands (from here)

14 thoughts on “HOW DO WE SHOW OTHERS WE LOVE THEM?

  1. Think about the difference between when your neighbor brings you a present of some homemade jelly she made from berries in her garden, or you get a coupon in the mail from some jelly of the month club (fifteen percent off!). Writing a check for a charity might offer a person some small sense of satisfaction. Working directly for a charity (volunteering services and time) gives one a higher sense of satisfaction (true of the recipient too, especially true if the recipient then “gives back” offering time and services in return). There is no satisfaction at all (no sense of purpose and engendered trust) in paying taxes.

    People instinctively know the difference between social norms and business norms.
    Social norms build trust within communities (the difference there isn’t necessarily “free choice”…one might do many things against one’s own direct interest due to a feeling of social obligation, and social obligation can be very coercive. The difference is the pressure to “do the right thing” engenders trust within the group….show you are trustworthy, others will trust you…show you aren’t and the trust disintegrates)

    Business norms have their uses (they’re necessary for a functioning economy), but the less conflict between business and social norms, the higher the degree of trust.

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      1. Thanks Citizen Tom! I thought you stated it very well. 🙂
        Just thought I’d add a bit. This is a topic I think about a lot.

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  2. “So how do we use government to show others how much we love them? We don’t” <– Yes, so much yes. Paying your taxes and allowing the government to give SOME of that money to things like foodstamps and sections 8 is NOT the same as Christian generosity. This was honestly such a good post. Well done and thanks for the ping!

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  3. Excellent points, Tom! The solution is for the church (you and me and our brothers and sisters in Christ) to pick up the baton and run the race… to practice true Christian love and charity. Bravo for expressing this so very well!

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  4. In my opinion, because we separate Religion from State, the precepts of giving and heaven do not carry much weight in the USA to the spirit of giving for love for your neighbor in need..

    Even tax incentives to encourage giving to charities is not a reflection of love in the spirit of Jesus Christ teaching to love your neighbor. It is often an incentive for people to cheat on their tax returns. The IRS will never have enough manpower to audit the millions of charitable deductions.

    So what is the answer to increase charitable giving? Common sense would be to encourage religion teachings of the spiritual gift of giving for love of neighbor.

    So what to do, give incentives to allow religion back into public and private schools, in my opinion. Presently, the majority of working people tax payers pay so much Federal, State, and Local taxes that they cannot afford to send their children to private religious schools that are closing every year. The result, we read and hear in the news every day.

    Then in the world of snakes, also lurks a world of leeches as King Solomon observed 3000 years ago.’

    In interested
    ,
    https://rudymartinka.com/2017/06/06/king-solomons-caution-about-giving-endlessly/

    Regardss and goodwill blogging.

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    1. I wholly agree religion needs to be taught in school. However, I doubt most people want religion reintroduced back into public schools. If you look at the experience of Europe, the public schools have sabotaged religious instruction.

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  5. Tom, very well said. Taxes are a disincentive to charitable giving. Before taxes, the churches, the community, benevolent societies all took care of the poor. They did it very well because they personally knew those who needed help (and those who didn’t).

    Be blessed.

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