Is Wealth Redistribution Immoral?
February 24, 2011
tags: redistribution false morality, redistribution of wealth theft, social security ponzi scheme, welfare immoral
To some it may be a strange question, but there are many who have pondered this, as I have in the past. We know charity is the freewill giving of resources to the needy. Giving and lending to the poor is commanded by the scriptures but these acts of kindness are still up to the will of the donor. Coercion was not to be imposed on those who chose not to share. To those who refused to work, it is said they would not eat, and families were generally responsible for their own. This is the natural order of things.
Let’s go deeper. The Bible says, “thou shall not steal.” Well what does steal mean? To steal is to confiscate another’s property without their permission. According to the Good Book, thievery prevents passage to the streets of gold because it’s principles protect private property rights. In addition, everyone agrees stealing is wrong. It’s an important concept. Suppose, for example, in a model democracy 51 out of a 100 people voted to confiscate a car from each of the other 49 and give these items to their less fortunate. They would use force if necessary. Would it be morally acceptable to steal property from the minority because they intended to help others? Does being in a majority place one in a position to be godlike and justify actions that are normally criminal?
Some would say yes. Herein lies the difference between a pagan government and our Constitutional republic. In a pagan state, the king or government is as god and whatever the state decides, is sanctioned. Democracies can also be oppressive when the majority takes advantage of the minority by passing unjust laws, regardless of established moral standards.
Our republic was founded on biblical principles contained in the Declaration of Independence and Constitution that recognize our unalienable rights as coming from God and not the state. The right to own property was protected along with the right to life and liberty. Rights of minorities are also protected, however, unprincipled politicians have neglected the Constitution and gathered support to seize property from citizens for redistribution to others, including foreign nations. This is tyrannical and contrary to the notion of liberty itself, not to mention the Bill of Rights. Citizens who think they can hide behind popular opinion and promote redistribution of wealth through coercion are endorsing unrighteousness and a form of Marxian extortion.
To covet is to earnestly desire or lust after something possessed by others, like money. When people vote for candidates who support the taxing of one group in order to redistribute to themselves, they are coveting their neighbor’s property. This is decidedly evil in the sight of God, regardless of who condones it, and it breaks the last of the ten commandments.
John K. Rooney
Tri Cities Liberty Alliance
from → Editorials/Reports