Social security ‘steals’ from ‘unreliable’ government, says the pastor
Social security ‘steals’ from ‘unreliable’ government, says the pastor

Social security ‘steals’ from ‘unreliable’ government, says the pastor

I was recently stopped at the grocery store and asked to write an opinion piece on the subject in the title. I’m a priest. That means I want to write this piece from a biblical perspective.

I would also like to mention that I have written about a related and more important topic in my opinion post about the virtues of plowing.

I will also talk about a number of controversial topics that should provoke us to reconsider the issue of money as a whole. If the Lord wills, it will even cause us to take a self-reflective look inward at our sins and look to Jesus Christ for the answers.

Taking money from the public is an interesting topic. On the one hand, we have the fact that government is a gift provided by God for the purpose of scaring people out of evil behavior.

That is one of the main purposes behind the death penalty. It is an example of evil perpetrators and reminds us that we should not do evil unless we want to reach such an end.

The Bible also teaches that when there are no godly men to lead, the wicked take their place and everyone hides. Conversely, everyone rejoices when godly men lead the political world.

This brings up the issue of taking money from the government. Pay particular attention to how I formulated the topic during discussion. I did not say, “take the government rescue packages” or “take help from the government.” I said, “to take money from the government.” There is a huge implied difference.

The difference is the source of the money. When we say “taking money from the government”, it is important to remember that the government got this money by taking it from you. Then they choose in the government office where the money should go.

Take Social Security, for example. Social security is theft. Social security steals money from people who have never had the opportunity to give it away and give it to someone else.

The intention behind Social Security is admirable. The essential plan is for Americans to be able to provide financially for the elderly by allowing them in governing positions to allocate these funds properly.

The problem is that it is in the hands of unbelievable people, the government. Thus, social security has actually been used to fund more than just the financial needs of the elderly. According to CaseyResearch, “The government took your hard earned money and spent it on its inflated staff and military adventures.” I encourage you to read the linked article.

We were told that last year that Social Security will expire in 2034. Some people are beginning to believe that the end of Social Security will happen sooner. This suspicion is due to the dramatic inflation we see taking place on a daily basis.

Can you see what happens when multiple governments are involved? Elected representatives take your taxes. They pocket a significant amount of them. Then they redistribute wealth as if you were incompetent. Then they tell you that the government helped you.

The government did not help you. It stole your money and gave a small portion back to you.

The Bible calls it slavery. The Bible says, “The rich rule over the poor, / and the borrower becomes the lender’s slave” (Proverbs 22: 7, NASB95).

This point is illustrated by the story of a great man named Joseph. Joseph had been kidnapped by his brothers and sold into slavery. Joseph worked hard and was a man of so much character that every time he was sold to a new slave owner, Joseph was entrusted with the leadership of the entire operation.

Joseph eventually became the second-in-command of all of Egypt at Pharaoh’s command. Any city, state, and nation would do well to have leaders with character like Joseph.

Eventually, a famine struck Egypt. When the famine came, Joseph had stored seven years’ worth of food for the whole land. No one had food. So all the people of Egypt bought food from Joseph. When the people ran out of money, they paid Joseph with their cattle. When the people ran out of cattle, they paid Joseph with land and himself. In other words, they sold themselves as slaves to Pharaoh.

That is the nature of all governments. The more power you give, the more power it will take. This is achieved to a large extent by controlling money. The seemingly easy way out is usually never the answer. Nothing is ever free: “The borrower becomes the lender’s slave.”

What will be the end result of letting the government take more money from you to give less back? Slavery. Just as Pharaoh in Joseph’s time enslaved his own people by controlling the money, so does every government. Absolute power absolutely corrupts.

The Bible, however, gives us an answer to the government’s bondage tendencies:

The sluggish lust kills him,
For his hands refuse to work;
All day long he wants,
While the righteous give and do not withhold. (Proverbs 21: 25-26)

A lazy man does not fry his prey,
But a man’s precious possession is diligence. (Proverbs 12:27)

People who work hard have money. Do you want wealth? Do you want independence from state slavery? Do you want the pleasure of taking care of others in need at will?

You can do all this by working hard, investing your money wisely and building your wealth.

We live in an unprecedented era of wealth. Wealth does not produce happiness. It provides ease. It does not produce happiness. Only Jesus Christ produces true happiness.

Nevertheless, the Bible calls us to freedom. It calls us to freedom through faith in Christ. When you have faith in Christ, you will create temporary freedom through hard work and honesty.

Do not look at what other people have. It is the sin of lust. Instead, work hard and build something.

Do not put yourself in debt that you can not pay: “Owe no one but to love one another; for he who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the law” (Romans 13: 8, NASB95).

Do not become a slave. Become king and give voluntarily to the one in need (Ephesians 4:28).

Pastor Andrés Reyes is pastor of First Baptist Church in Perry.

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