Seeing this connection to covetousness–namely, fighting for the wants (not needs) of those supposedly “oppressed” by means of redistribution, even if in the name of Christ–ought to send us reeling since St. Paul aptly states, “covetousness is idolatry” (Col 3:5). To break the 10th commandment is to likewise break the 1st and 2nd of the 10 commandments, the two which prohibit idolatry. But this needs balanced. The coveting which can occur from the one who has not (the poor) is prohibited: a negative entitlement, that is, you are not entitled to covet. So too, then, those who fight for the “right” of the wants of the so-called oppressed have the negative right, yes even responsibility, not to covet so as to redistribute to make everyone “equal.” The rich are not entitled to oppress the poor: to do so is to despise your Maker (Prov. 14:31). Paul was unwilling to command ‘giving’ even as an apostle: “. . . see that you excel in this act of grace also. I say this not as a command . . .” (2 Cor. 8:7-8). I have no doubt that giving must be part of the way of life of any Christian; how could it not be in view of the immeasurable gift God has given both in creating whatsoever but even more so by giving His Son, the divine Logos (Wisdom and reason) of God. In Him, each level of rationality has its meaning, fulfills its function, and sustains the ordered universe. The question is to whom to give and how much. It is no small matter that Agur in Proverbs 30:8 – 9 asks to be given just as much as he needs so that he will not ultimately deny the Lord. On this logic, giving too much to some might result in a spiritual crisis of denying Yahweh, His Spirit, and Christ.
30 Wednesday Oct 2013
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