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Robin Hood for President?

With all the talk of soaking the rich and the wealthy, evil corporations with higher taxes, you may be asking, “Isn’t the Federal Government supposed to be kind of like Robin Hood, taking from the rich and redistributing it in a more balanced and equal way to those less fortunate?

After all, isn’t equality a biblical principle?

I’m going to say something that I believe most of you will find shocking. Here it is: Equality was a founding principle of the godless, French Revolution, but it is not an principle of economics found in the Bible.

God is not concerned with equality, at least not in the way our modern liberals and socialists conceive. He is, however, concerned with justice.

Let me explain the difference. Justice is not based upon the idea of equal income for all, but upon the principle of equal opportunity. In a fallen world, we can work to provide equal opportunity, a balanced playing field for everyone. We cannot, however, guarantee equal outcomes. If you give a thousand people a million dollars and ask them to do something with it, you’ll get 1000 different results. Why? Because equal opportunity never produces equal outcomes in a fallen world. This is a utopian dream!

In a just society, we should all have equal opportunities under the law. The law is meant to be impartial. It applies to everyone the same way. This is why our statue of “lady justice” is blindfolded.

The biblical principle of impartiality is outlined in Leviticus 19:15:

“You shall do no injustice in judging a case; you shall not be partial to the poor or show a preference for the mighty, but in righteousness and according to the merits of the case judge your neighbor.”

Any law that gives an economic advantage to anyone, whether they are rich or poor, violates the biblical principle of justice. When our federal government taxes the wealthy at a higher rate than the rest of us they are guilty of violating the law of impartiality under the law.

Author Cal Beisner wrote, “All men have different gifts, talents, interests, and abilities. Left free, they will exercise those in different ways and will produce different fruits. The only way to arrive at equal fruits is to equalize behavior; and that requires robbing men of liberty, making them slaves.”

The government has no authority to steal through unjust taxation that which others have legally aquired through the free exchange of goods and services. To punish the hard work and economic success of our citizens under the ruse of “economic equality” or compassion for the poor is absolutely wicked and immoral.

Aristotle once wisely observed, “If you want to encourage something, reward it. If you want to discourage it, punish it.”
It’s time our federal government stops punishing the very ones who have both the capital and the know how to create real jobs and real opportunities for those less fortunate.

  1. Lynne Scherschel
    July 18th, 2011 at 22:28 | #1

    How about condensing this to fit editorial format?!!!

  2. Amara Kpandeyenge
    July 19th, 2011 at 15:32 | #2

    Very well said sir. I agree with your general premise. However,(and I apologize if I am being presumptuous in my response) we must also consider the reality of the fallen state of being of most of those who are “creating jobs and opportunities.” We have to question their methods and motives for “creating” those jobs . We understand that in a fallen state these same individuals and or corporations are acting on their best perceived intrests. I say perceived because our decisions, corporately and individually, are based on our perceptions of the given demand of the populace along with our collective and individual pursuits. If our motives of are corrupt then our end result is likely to be poluted by our unrighteous desires. This brings me to the conclusion that true justice is not the end result of the actions of those who are the potential subjects of higher taxation. That is a cause and effect that only God can perceive. Sometimes we get glimpses in hind sight.
    My concern is that we are dealing with an issue with so many grey variables that we have to be uber:cognizant of the motives behind the push in on direction or another. This perspective gives me pause in these matters. I agree with the premise it’s the details that concern me. What do you think?

  3. July 28th, 2011 at 14:12 | #3

    Amara, I appreciated your comments. You bring up some good concerns. We should go out for coffee and discuss these matters in more detail! In a nutshell, while no economic system is perfect, especially in a fallen world, I believe a free market where you have economic liberty creates the most economic opportunity and prosperity for everyone.

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