God Owns Everything

I despise Communism and its godless system that takes away from those who work in the name of justice. It is the “taking away”  that upsets me because it is coerced, not done out of love and with the best interests of everyone. As if we could “make” our kids love us or make our neighbor care for us. If it actually worked, that is if it was a system that actually lifted people up without putting others down and created incentives to work without rewarding those who do not try then I would have second thoughts. But it lifts no one and takes away the dignity of everyone.

At the same time, while our current system (a mix of free enterprise and social safety nets) is much better, it can lead people to believe that everything I “have” and everything I “earn” is under my personal control and no on has ANY claim to it.

Psalm 24:1 is clear. “The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it.” See also Haggai 2:8, Exodus 19:5, and Psalm 50:10-11.

God OWNS everything because God CREATED everything and therefore everything BELONGS to him.

So while I will defend economic freedom over socialism as public policy, you won’t find me defending economic irresponsibility as personal ethics.

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