Downfall of the Welfare State

Matthew 25:29-30

For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will have an abundance. But from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

These verses follow “The Parable of the Talents” which I have written about before.  (Using Your Talent)  The parable is about wasting a life, the gift of life, through covetousness, worry or fear.  In verse 29 Christ sums up this law of nature, or the law of the balance of the universe.

But reading these verses also brought to mind another thought which I wrote down as not to forget.  My note was: “downfall of the welfare state”.

Here, some 2000 years ago, Christ explains in a simple verse why a welfare state is always doomed to failure.  No matter how altruistic the intentions were of those who conceived and instituted such a state, they cannot circumvent the balance of the universe.  It’s like trying to stop the ocean’s waves.

Mankind always has and always will have poor and wealthy, lower and upper, common and royalty.  We will always have weak and strong and everything in between.  And as in The Parable of the Talents, there will always be those who use their precious gift of life.  Through hard work and righteousness they will discover the treasures of The Kingdom of God.  They will rejoice in the fruits of their labor, something that no one person or entity can ever take away.

And there will always be those who waste and ignore their gift of life.  Through covetousness they decide they deserve something they have not pursued.

A corporation, organization and especially a government cannot give a person the peace that we all seek.  It cannot give us the fruits of our labor.  It cannot help us seek and find the treasures of The Kingdom of God.  All they can do is get in our way with worldly things and promises that appeal to our covetousness.  These lead to sin and are a dead end.  This is what verse 30 is talking about.

Of course we should help each other.  There is no nobler a cause than to help someone else, and not for a vote or something in return.  The best way to help another is one on one and not to have someone else say, “give me your fruits and I will make sure others are justly rewarded.”

Proverbs 27:17

Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.

Who determines the “just” rewards?  Whose sense of justice do we use?  Justice is subjective.

For a person to think and suggest that somehow, through a system run by corrupted humans, that a law of the universe will be negated is both ignorance and arrogance.

A welfare state is a system designed to strip the individual and lump us all into a group to be controlled by the self-proclaimed royalty who vilify the actions that they embrace.

For to everyone who has will more be given…

The individual who seeks to know his gift from God and utilize this gift for righteousness, they will inherit The Kingdom of God.

But from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.

The individuals who become caught up in worldly items and thoughts, who through covetousness seeks to take away from others, they will always be in darkness. They will be cursing the darkness they brought upon themselves.

God has given you a gift.  God has put forth for each of us what we need.  It is our duty to seek the gift of righteousness and not ask others to venture for us.

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