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Robin Hood for President?

July 18th, 2011 3 comments

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.