The time has come for me to start sharing my personal testimony with those who read this blog. I want to start with how the Lord showed me that the message in this meme is a lie!
This is pure, unadulterated propaganda, intended to create envy and jealousy which can then be used to turn those who listen into slaves of those who push this lie. And it is a lie. I know. I learned it first hand.
For the majority of my life, I consumed more than I made. I was usually living hand-to-mouth and with debt. But because I lived this way, and because I did not want to do the things which are required to not live this way, I allowed myself to believe the lie that I was poor because of what someone else was doing to me. Then the Lord grabbed hold of me, I accepted Him as my Lord and Savior and I submitted to His will, His Wisdom and His Ways. Once I did that, things changed. Now I can look back and see the Truth.
First, I realized that ‘rich’ and ‘poor’ are not only relative terms, they are political tools. If you have $25,000, in America, you are not ‘rich.’ You might even be considered ‘poor.’ But in the majority of the rest of the world, you are most definitely ‘rich!’ And if you are ‘rich,’ then the spirit behind the thinking in the meme above says it is not only permissive to take your $25,000 and give it to those with less, it is moral and righteous, and that those who think this way are noble. LIE!
What if I have $5 — just $5 — but the man next to me has nothing? The world may see me as poor, but I can choose to see myself as not only rich, but blessed. I have been given more than another. But does that mean that it is now just and righteous to take my $5 and give it to him? NO! Whether the man next to me has or does not have, what belongs to me is mine. It cannot be taken away and given to another without just cause. If it is, it is called theft. And the only just reason to forcibly take what is mine and give it to another is because I have caused tangible harm to that other person. That means I have to have caused a harm, due to a positive action, that you can actually see and describe, and for which you can show actual damage. The man next to me cannot do this, as I have done nothing to him. The same applies to the rich and the poor: the poor cannot claim they have been directly harmed, so they cannot lay a just claim to what another has. Therefore, taking from ‘the rich’ to give to ‘the poor’ is theft, and it is wrong — period!
But how did the rich get rich if not by stealing from the poor? The answer is simple: they worked for it!
When the Lord became the Lord of my life and the way I lived, I changed. I put away my way of thinking and started to follow His. That meant working for Him, not me and not others. I do this by serving others, but I work for Him. So my reason for working changed. This helped to motivate me to work harder, longer and with a different attitude. I took on a servants attitude toward others. Then I got out of debt. I also started to look at debt as slavery to another master. If I owe another, then that person has some control over my life. I cannot serve both man and God, so I learned to avoid debt. Then I learned the difference between want and need. Scripture tells us that we need food and clothing, but nothing more! Everything else is a ‘want:’ a nice-to-have. If we have these things, Scripture says we are not poor, not materially, anyway. Now, by these standards, there are very few of us in America who are poor. The majority of us can find enough work to eat and clothe ourselves — if we want to do so. So, if we are on welfare, by Biblical standards, we are rich! Now, tell me, how did the rich keep such people poor when Scripture says they are actually rich?
This leads us to the truth: the divide between the rich and the poor is actually driven by envy. ‘The poor’ are actually ‘have lesses’ who are envious of the ‘have mores.’ But the ‘have mores’ did not make the ‘have lesses’ that way. Human nature does that. We all want to live like kings off the labor of another. We want the reward, but we do not want the hard work. But Scripture tells us wealth does not come from being lazy:
6 Go to the ant, you sluggard;
consider its ways and be wise!
7 It has no commander,
no overseer or ruler,
8 yet it stores its provisions in summer
and gathers its food at harvest.
9 How long will you lie there, you sluggard?
When will you get up from your sleep?
10 A little sleep, a little slumber,
a little folding of the hands to rest—
11 and poverty will come on you like a thief
and scarcity like an armed man.
So, being idle and lazy leads directly to poverty. Note that there is nothing about ‘the rich’ being the cause of poverty, but the lack of industry on the part of ‘the poor.’ Scripture is so serious about this point as to tell believers to keep there distance from those who refuse to work — even other believers:
Warning Against Idleness
6 In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, we command you, brothers and sisters, to keep away from every believer who is idle and disruptive and does not live according to the teaching[a] you received from us. 7 For you yourselves know how you ought to follow our example. We were not idle when we were with you, 8 nor did we eat anyone’s food without paying for it. On the contrary, we worked night and day, laboring and toiling so that we would not be a burden to any of you. 9 We did this, not because we do not have the right to such help, but in order to offer ourselves as a model for you to imitate. 10 For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: “The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat.”
11 We hear that some among you are idle and disruptive. They are not busy; they are busybodies. 12 Such people we command and urge in the Lord Jesus Christ to settle down and earn the food they eat. 13 And as for you, brothers and sisters, never tire of doing what is good.
14 Take special note of anyone who does not obey our instruction in this letter. Do not associate with them, in order that they may feel ashamed. 15 Yet do not regard them as an enemy, but warn them as you would a fellow believer.
The Bible is very clear: just as God worked and continues to work, we are expected to work. Scripture is filled with verses commanding us to work. Scripture also tells us how to grow our wealth. Do not go into debt. Save so that you may have something for lean times. and to share with others. Learn to be content with what you have. Do not worry about what others have or what you do not have. And work to improve your lot in life.
Before I learned this, I struggled to pay my bills. I had constant worry about how I was going to make payments and where I was going to get the money to feed my family. But now? Now I am on my fourth year of running my small business without having a single month in the red. The eleven years before that? I had as many if not more red months than black. Now I have money in savings, to cover emergencies and slow sales months. I have fewer worries, because I have fewer wants and more to cover my needs. But no ‘rich’ man gave this to me. It has been given to me because I have given myself over to doing things God’s way instead of mine. And, in addition to the material things, obedience has taught me to focus on and rely on the Lord. If I do what He wants me to do, He provides. No, He may not provide for my wants, but He does provide what I need and a little more so that I can share with others.
Now, this is not to say that the rich do not hinder a person from becoming wealthy, because they do. They use their wealth to corrupt the law and our leaders and to bribe others into doing what they want. But this does not stop anyone from making their lives better. At worst, it merely makes it more difficult. And even then, it is not really the rich who do it, but inequity, injustice and corruption — none of which can exist unless the people allow it! So, ultimately, what keeps the ‘poor’ in poverty is the greed in their heart and the laziness in their body. There was a time when this nation understood this, and every man considered himself a ‘rich’ man who had yet to earn his wealth. Yes, as a nation, we aspired to be prosperous, but we did not begrudge others their success. Instead, we held them up as an example, and we sought to learn from them. We certainly did not blame them for our own lack of success. But that was when this nation still looked to, called on and relied on the Lord. Then came ‘Progressivism,’ and with it, the Spirit of Esau. Now, the more we travel down that road, the more corrupt we become; and the more corrupt, the more envious of others. It is a spiral toward destruction and, unless we turn back to God and to His ways, it will end in just that — destruction!
I am well aware that there will be many who read this and the first thing they will think is ‘Yeah, but!’ There is not ‘but!’ I am living proof that the Lord’s ways work — just as His Word promises. The trick is in learning what He promises and accepting that instead of what we want Him to deliver. God does not promises us our wants, only our needs. But, to those who walk humbly and obediently, He gives many of our wants. But He also protects us by keeping back the wants that would harm us. In short, He cares for us exactly as His Word promises. There is great peace and joy in walking with the Lord, and I pray that, if they don’t already, all who read this post will come to know this peace and joy. I know it to be true because I have lived it. Now I want others to live it, too. But more than that, I pray that this nation will remember its heritage, and the One Who made it great, so that the nation will live it once again. Maybe it isn’t too late? Maybe there is still time to turn back, repent and seek the Lord’s favor once again — the same way our founders did. And maybe, just maybe, if we do this, the Lord may once again bless our nation — the same way He did for our founders.
Otherwise, if we listen to the lies of those who seek to keep us in their debt and under their control… Well, death and destruction are all that await us, and they both will find us as certainly as the sun will rise tomorrow.
[NOTE: I no longer think of my voice as anything special. There was a time when I believed I had something important to say, but not so much these days. I write now because I feel driven to do so. Something inside me will not let me rest until I post the pages you just read. I’d just as soon not bother anymore. It all seems like no one is listening and I do more harm than good. So I have come to trust that whatever it is driving me has all this under control. Personally, I believe it is God, but others may not. All I ask is that, if anything I write helps you, or you think it might help others in any way, please, share this page. Re-blog it, share it on FB or send the link to your friends. So long as you feel it will do more good than harm, then please, use this page however you wish. Thank you.]