Sunday, October 02, 2011

 

Using Religion to Attack the Rich

Attacking the rich for being rich occurs frequently. Listen, watch and read carefully and you will find the rich attacked numerous times a day. CNN.com posts an article today of, finally, preachers overcoming the "last taboo" and attacking the greedy rich. In my observation there's never been a taboo on attacking the "greedy" rich.

The rich are assumed to be greedy, no questions asked. (Bearing false witness, anyone?)

Consider the 10th Commandment "You shall not covet your neighbor's house; you shall not covet your neighbor's wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor's."

Those attacking the rich are doing just that, coveting what that rich have. (Imagine what backward prudes preachers are considered by the media types when the preach against coveting your neighbor's wife.) Greed isn't how much you have but how much you want it.

Also consider the parable of the workers in the vineyard:
For the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which went out early in the morning to hire labourers into his vineyard. And when he had agreed with the labourers for a penny a day, he sent them into his vineyard. And he went out about the third hour, and saw others standing idle in the marketplace, And said unto them; Go ye also into the vineyard, and whatsoever is right I will give you. And they went their way. Again he went out about the sixth and ninth hour, and did likewise. And about the eleventh hour he went out, and found others standing idle, and saith unto them, Why stand ye here all the day idle? They say unto him, Because no man hath hired us. He saith unto them, Go ye also into the vineyard; and whatsoever is right, that shall ye receive. So when even was come, the lord of the vineyard saith unto his steward, Call the labourers, and give them their hire, beginning from the last unto the first. And when they came that were hired about the eleventh hour, they received every man a penny. But when the first came, they supposed that they should have received more; and they likewise received every man a penny. And when they had received it, they murmured against the goodman of the house, Saying, These last have wrought but one hour, and thou hast made them equal unto us, which have borne the burden and heat of the day. But he answered one of them, and said, Friend, I do thee no wrong: didst not thou agree with me for a penny? Take that thine is, and go thy way: I will give unto this last, even as unto thee. Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? Is thine eye evil, because I am good? So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen.

— Matthew 20:1–16, King James Version

Emphasis added.
The message seems quite clear.

Who is greedier: the rich or the people who want what the rich have without earning it? Should I not be able to give to my children and whomever else what I wish? Are we going to outlaw doing "what I will with mine own" when there is no deceit or crime?

For decades now, the left has championed greed by the have nots, often by those who refuse to work and contribute to society. How is this good?

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