The other day I was thinking about "the rich"- "the wealthy"-- the terms being thrown out daily as to solutions to big government budget deficits. Just tax "the rich" and everything will be Okay. If they're only paying 40% of their income, it should be 50%- after all they can afford it. They are the ones who have the most, who have gained the most, therefore they are the ones who must then give the most back. The power of the government to seize their wealth for the good of the people backs up their plan.
The bible says "Again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God."
This is a very common "pop culture" bible quote and it's always in the back of your mind if you're a person of faith and happen to have some money. Your own conscience will dictate how you live your life on earth and what it will mean for your afterlife, but we know that God has a very big soft spot for the poorest among us and that we have to work hard to be worthy of that same love.
In Jesus's time, people were born into a class system where there was little hope for escape. It's like this in many countries yet today. In America, we have every opportunity to be successful to overcome the economic situation to which we might have been born into. If we want it, we can will it to be. What a country- what an extraordinary ideal.
I look at people with more money- like everyone else does- and occasionally think "how do they do it? I want that". I try to stop myself though and be conscious of and grateful for all I do have. This is always a moral struggle, a struggle with our own conscience and a good place for God in our lives. I don't expect anyone else to think like I do- perhaps you feel no guilt or shame as you earn more and more. Good for you- that's between you and your own conscience
I do consider myself very rich with an amazing family and a wonderful life. As I've said before- to be born to a family with parents who love you- is a great gift. Something that you have no control over. The ultimate in riches is good health-no amount of money can buy it and it's something that we take for granted every day. God grants us free will and expects us to exercise it wisely. He gives us all gifts that He wants us to share. The essence of America is freedom-"we are endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights" that no government can ever take away. Yet it is freedom that is being trampled when certain parts of the public are purposely vilified and subjected to calls for retribution. No founding Father would ever stand for a system in which so few people are asked to sacrifice their own freedom (and taxes are freedom- make no mistake). Yet here we are.
When liberals talk about a deep spiritual truth-rooted in the bible-to fuel class warfare and to punish "the rich"- it should really cause people to stop and think. These are the same people who fight so hard against any mention of God in public places- yet His word is being purposely used to justify the means to their political ends. It's purposeful- it's political strategy and don't think for a minute they don't know what they're doing. They are taking the language of religious people to further a socialist agenda. If religious people don't understand the aims of Marxist ideology "from each according to their ability, to each according to their needs" and how diametrically opposed it is to American values- then our country is in peril.