The Makers And Takers Of Wealth

October 2, 2012

The Makers and Takers of Wealth

            It is said that civilizations rise and fall.  I would like to invite you to accompany me in an explanation of why that is true.

You must understand that every society is made up of the working class (the makers of wealth) and the recipient class (the takers of wealth).  Civilizations rise as long as the working class is motivated to work.  They are motivated by the profit motive.  That means they will study to get an education to qualify for a job and often keep studying to improve their job status.  They are also the entrepreneurs who start businesses and open factories.  They are the ones who create jobs so that, as the population increases, there will be jobs for everyone.

When a civilization is rising there will still be the recipient class.  They are those who are dependant on the compassion of others.  In Matthew 26:11 Jesus said “For ye have the poor always with you.”  There will always be those who are forced to depend on others.  God expects us to be a giving people.  Proverbs 19:17 says “He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the LORD; and that which he hath given will he pay him again.”  Children and young people are dependant on their parents and others to help them until they get to a point where they can make a living for themselves.  Some, because of health or other limitations, may be dependant on charity all their life.  It is to be expected that working people will put aside something for retirement.  Even so, retired people may find themselves in need of care givers to do for them what they can’t do for themselves.

It is in the plan of God that his people be a caring, sharing people.  In the Old Testament we read in Psalm 41:1-2 “Blessed is he that considereth the poor: the LORD will deliver him in time of trouble.   The LORD will preserve him, and keep him alive; and he shall be blessed upon the earth: and thou wilt not deliver him unto the will of his enemies.”  Later Psalm 82:3-4 says “Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy.   Deliver the poor and needy: rid them out of the hand of the wicked.”  Again, in Psalm 112:5 we read “A good man sheweth favour, and lendeth: he will guide his affairs with discretion.”  Later, in verse 9 it says “He hath dispersed, he hath given to the poor; his righteousness endureth for ever; his horn shall be exalted with honour.”  In the New Testament Jesus gave us the parable of the Good Samaritan in Luke 10:30-36.  He gave of his time and money to help a man who fell among thieves.  In Luke 6:38 we have the promise “Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.”  Compassion should be a characteristic of God’s people.  I Peter 3:8 says “Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous.”  In I John  3:17-18 we also read: “But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?   My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.”  There is no such thing as compulsory compassion.  It is something that is done from the heart.

Our government welfare system is no substitute for God’s plan of caring and sharing.  It is promoted as a plan for taking from the rich and giving it to the poor.  It contributes to the downfall of a civilization.  One of the contributing factors in the fall of theRoman Empirewas their practice of conquering surrounding nations, plundering their wealth, and giving it to the Roman citizens.  When there was nothing more to plunder, the nation fell.  The same will happen to any nation that continues to take from the rich and give it to the poor.  When the number of those taking wealth exceeds the number of those making wealth, the government is forced to do one of three things:

(1).  They can increase the taxes on the working class.  That takes away the initiative of the profit motive.  Spreading the wealth around brings the working class and the recipient class to the same level of poverty.

(2).  If possible, the government can borrow money.  That leaves the future generation with a massive debt that they cannot pay, which leads to an economic collapse.  Proverbs 22:7 says “The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.”

(3).  They can print more money which results in inflation.  That robs the people of the money they have in savings.

Our welfare system is riddled by abuse.  Human beings are basically lazy.  They say, “Why should I work when I can live on welfare?  II Thessalonians 3:10 says “For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.”  A government welfare system creates a massive number of jobs in the administrative capacity.

There are advantages and disadvantages to God’s plan of caring and sharing, but the advantages far outweigh the disadvantages.  There are those who are neglected because those around them are selfish and indifferent.  There are also those who profess to champion the cause of the poor and raise money for them.  In so doing, they rake off a good profit for themselves.  Civilizations existed for centuries before the welfare system was invented.  Among the advantages of God’s plan are the following:

(1).  It promotes hard work and individual responsibility.  The lazy aren’t nearly as apt to get a hand out.  Ephesians 4:28 says “Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.”

(2).  It puts caring and sharing on a voluntary basis.  That’s the way God wants it to be.  There is a joy and satisfaction in giving that we miss out on when it is done through taxation.

(3).  It doesn’t rob the workers of the profit motive.

(4).  It serves to curb corruption.

(a).  People who aren’t worthy of help don’t get it.

(b).  It hinders corrupt politicians from getting into power and staying in power

by promising to take wealth from the working class and give it to the

recipient class.  That eventually destroys a civilization.

It’s a mistake to take philanthropy out of the hands of the people and put it in the hands of the government.  We need to get back to God’s plan.  If we don’t, we will all suffer.


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One Response to “The Makers And Takers Of Wealth”

  1. Mary Cooper said

    You were passing out copies of “Makers and Takers” at the Chili Supper for Rep. Paul Fitzwater last Fri. night and I enjoyed reading it. I want to share it with my brother, Jim, who is a lobbyist in Jeff City. Would you email him a copy as well?

    Jim Cooper

    Also, put me on your email list:

    Mary Cooper

    P/TY for all of this.

    Mary Cooper

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