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)
6 Remember that the person who plants few seeds will have a small crop; the one who plants many seeds will have a large crop. 7 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. 8 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. 9 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
- Christians And Social Justice (rebeccaluellamiller.wordpress.com): H/T to insanitybytes22.
- Being “In Christ” is not a social matter? (insanitybytes2.wordpress.com)
- Heart-Wrenching Story Shows Why Private Charity Trumps Gov’t (reclaimourrepublic.wordpress.com)
- RINOS, WELFARE, AND TRUMP (nightwind777.blogspot.com)
- What is The “General Welfare”? (lobotero.com)
- “YOU JUST KNOW” and Have we become lazy? (christiansinmotion.org)
- What does the Bible say about work? (altruistico.wordpress.com)