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CLARITY – 11-2-19 Punishing Success


A Biblical Response to Current Events – 11-2-19

Punishing Success

It’s Happening: “Elizabeth Warren, 2020 Democrat hopeful, alternately front-runner and close runner-up, releasing her $52 Trillion Health care cost, said that she plans to pay for it by taxing the rich. Hedge-fund billionaire, Leon Cooperman, fired back in a 5-page letter to Warren saying, ‘However much it resonates with your base, your vilification of the rich is misguided,’ He cites his humble upbringing, his working to succeed, and his numerous philanthropic programs as he makes a case against her ‘vilification’ of the rich ( Warren tweeted back, ‘Leon, you were able to succeed because of the opportunities this country gave you. Now why don’t you pitch in a bit more so everyone else has a chance at the American dream, too?’”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “With a net worth over $3 Billion, why shouldn’t he pitch in?”

Biblical Response:  “And maybe he should…but why give the government more money? With the $20 Trillion of debt they already piled up, they haven’t really built up much of s good reputation for fiscal responsibility. Normally you reward success, not punish it. Money is a trust. Some have the ability to accumulate a lot of it. Some don’t. Apparently, the federal government has the ability to spend more than they have. You shouldn’t reward failure (Gal. 6:7).

“Luke 16:1-10 records the situation perfectly. It begins: ‘There was a certain rich man..’ .and concludes:… ‘He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.’ (KJV) It doesn’t take a genius to figure out who is faithful and who is not.”

“Christians? We believe in faithfulness, fiscal responsibility, and in having money…but not in money having us (1 Tim. 6:10; Mark 10:17-22).”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, although heaven may render us acknowledgers that everything is Yours anyway, help us in the meanwhile to live here according to Your value system; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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