Christian Robin Hood?
by Jon Davis Jr.
From Gary B’s Blog:
"President Obama recently said income inequality is ‘the defining issue of our time.’ Seriously? Is ‘income inequality’ more important than the loss of individual freedoms? Is ‘income inequality’ more important than our elected officials (BOTH PARTIES!) consistently dismissing and ignoring the Bill of rights and Constitution? If it were then maybe ignoring our foundational documents might be justified. BUT it is not. What’s at the top of the list (my list anyway) is reigning in a government and administration intent on the ‘fundamental transformation’ of America…" [Read More]
Here is the response that I wrote:
I don’t see anything in the Bible or the Heart of God that leads me to believe that "income equality" is important at all.
In fact, I see the opposite. Consider the parable of the talents. The message there is that we should be faithful to invest what we have received from God, not that we should be concerned to compare what we have with what others have.
There is much in the Bible about justice for the poor, helping the needy, etc.
The "love your neighbor" theme is pretty juicy big.
I have encountered Christians trying to use these arguments for raising taxes on the rich so that they "pay their fair share" and for increasing national government intervention in day to day problems of life.
But the thing that my Christian friends consistently ignore is that the National Government and all forms of Civil Government are Agents of Force. (See Romans 13!)
Use of the "sword" is inherent in actions by civil government.
Granted, in a society where many or most people try to obey the law we may not see that use of force all the time; but there should be no doubt that the national (and local) government’s decrees will be backed by force if necessary.
So when Christians argue that the national (or local) government ought to take more from some to give it to others they are arguing for violent theft. They are also (unintentionally perhaps?) promoting covetousness.
I haven’t seen any command or authorization in the Bible for forcing others to do with their money what we think they should do with their money.
As best as I can tell it is not in God’s heart to have human beings forcing one another to help the poor and the needy. Encouraging one another? Yes. Admonishing and Rebuking one another? Certainly. Forcing one another (even if using the excuse of civil government)? I do not see this idea reflected in God’s revelation to man.
Just another guy sharing some thoughts.
P.S. A lot could also be said about the Parable of the Talents and the inherently "unequal" nature of human life. The question isn’t so much about trying to create income equality as it is in working with God for reconciliation – both of the individual soul for individual salvation and of the labor of a man to maximum fruitfulness.
**End of Response**
What do you think?