The Redistribution Of Wealth

Posted: October 19, 2012 in Articles, Constitution, Founding Fathers, Freedom, government, Liberty, Politics, Religion
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The redistribution of wealth in God’s economy is voluntary and never forced!

Matthew 20:1-16 (CEV) Workers in a Vineyard

1As Jesus was telling what the kingdom of heaven would be like, he said: Early one morning a man went out to hire some workers for his vineyard. 2After he had agreed to pay them the usual amount for a day’s work, he sent them off to his vineyard. 3About nine that morning, the man saw some other people standing in the market with nothing to do. 4He said he would pay them what was fair, if they would work in his vineyard. 5So they went.  At noon and again about three in the afternoon he returned to the market. And each time he made the same agreement with others who were loafing around with nothing to do. 6Finally, about five in the afternoon the man went back and found some others standing there. He asked them, “Why have you been standing here all day long doing nothing?” 7″Because no one has hired us,” they answered. Then he told them to go work in his vineyard.  8That evening the owner of the vineyard told the man in charge of the workers to call them in and give them their money. He also told the man to begin with the ones who were hired last. 9When the workers arrived, the ones who had been hired at five in the afternoon were given a full day’s pay. 10The workers who had been hired first thought they would be given more than the others. But when they were given the same, 11they began complaining to the owner of the vineyard. 12They said, “The ones who were hired last worked for only one hour. But you paid them the same that you did us. And we worked in the hot sun all day long!” 13The owner answered one of them, “Friend, I didn’t cheat you. I paid you exactly what we agreed on. 14Take your money now and go! What business is it of yours if I want to pay them the same that I paid you? 15Don’t I have the right to do what I want with my own money? Why should you be jealous, if I want to be generous?” 16Jesus then said, “So it is. Everyone who is now first will be last, and everyone who is last will be first.”

As I peruse the internet and talk to various people about the issues of the day oftentimes the subject of the redistribution of wealth comes up and it amazes me how many Christian’s or disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ have allowed themselves to be manipulated by the enemy (through man) into believing that it is okay to not only covet but take what is not theirs to take either by government fiat or by force through taxation which are often the same.

Many of the same people who constantly say that the “rich” should pay more can sometimes be seen almost coming to blows with the kid on the register at a fast food restaurant if he charges them a dollar more than they owe and many of them most definitely do not voluntarily contribute more than they owe to the government treasury yet they believe that just because someone else has more than they have (or “rich” in their eyes) that it should be taken away from them by the government and redistributed to them or someone else.

If I were to come to many of these same people’s homes and said “hey, you have three television’s but the family down the street only has one so you need to give one up just to be fair” or “hey, the family down the street has more kids than you have so I’m taking some of your food out of your refrigerator so that they can have more” they would either shoot me or call the police and have me arrested.

Also, if you pose these questions to these people who “care so much for the little guy” the first thing that they often say is’ “who are you to tell ME what to do with MY money?” but they have not problem telling someone else what they should be doing with theirs even though they did not produce one drop of sweat or take on any of the risk of obtaining said wealth.

You see being “rich” is fluid and to someone around the world at any given time anyone can be considered “rich”.  Many of the people who agree with our government and its various redistributive wealth policies have homes, cars, television’s, etc., but are loath to give things out of their house (their abundance) to someone else that has less than themselves.

I constantly debate individuals who believe in redistribution of wealth yet they are constantly accumulating wealth for themselves when people around them could use some of the property that they have but then they no longer believe in redistributing the wealth because they feel that they’ve “worked hard” for theirs.  The first thing that they will often say is; “you can’t tell me what to do with the money that I’ve earned or made for myself” but they don’t have a problem telling someone else what they should be doing with their just because they have more than they have and are jealous.

I say to those that preach redistribution, why don’t you redistribute your own wealth to others before preaching and advocating for others to do so? Instead of going on that vacation why don’t you send a family that can’t afford it on a vacation, or instead of going out to eat why don’t you consistently pay for a family that can’t afford it?

You see “rich” is relative and most people are “rich” to someone else.  The poor here in America are “rich” to the rest of the world’s poor and they would literally cut off an appendage to come here and be poor.

I know people in other countries who are considered leaders in their village that make less than half of our considered poverty level yet they feel that they are “rich” because they can provide the basic necessities for their families yet in America they would be considered utterly poor. You see it is not actually a rich or poor argument it is a covetous spirit that is prevalent not only in this country but in the world.

Those of you who profess Christ as you savior I ask  you to search the scriptures to see how God views this topic, review your beliefs on it, and see if it lines up with His word or not. While this scripture is normally used to show that we have not say so in how/when/where God can do with us, His people (property if you will for He made us and all creation), does not this scripture also tell us how Christ felt about how a man should be able to control his own personal property and that it is his to do with as he pleases?

We are admonished in Romans 12:2 “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is-his good, pleasing and perfect will.” but so many of us that are in the faith have allowed vain men with well-meaning intentions to taint and/or twist God’s word to serve their own ideological purposes/goals to help us sin by coveting what is not ours and the Lord Jesus Christ by his word through parable admonished us not to because He knew of the divisive nature that would accompany it.

Is this not what is happening in this country right now with the incessant need to “conform” to everyone and everything that surrounds us by being politically correct?

We as believers have a choice to make, we can either believe what our Lord says by leading of His Holy Spirit or we can believe the vain and repetitious words of men. I choose to believe and follow the Lord and no matter what excuse one comes up with we all will stand in judgment one day before Him as to who and what we have followed during our “vapor” of time in this realm and He left His word and the “helper” to walk us through but we must listen to and apply His wisdom to take advantage of all that He has blessed us with until we can walk with Him in the “cool” of the day.

Be blessed and I leave you with a Holy kiss from a brother who loves you with the love of a Holy God whom has forever transformed his life.

Ron “Big Black” Garrett

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