Solomon, wisest of men (and with the help of heavenly inspiration) said: “What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun. ” Ecclesiastes 1:9
The longer I live, the more I see the truth of that statement.
We are riding a pendulum. Look at fashion for a quick instance. (No, the clothes today aren’t new designs. A good many of them look exactly like they’re cut from what used to be patterns for underwear.)
Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code is, among other things, a resurrection of the gnosticism that John warned us about in the New Testament.
Churches breaking away from pure Biblical teaching and adding instrumental music, or saying baptism isn’t necessary for salvation? Nope. Nothing new. Been done. They’re reinventing denominations.
And then there’s politics. One of our political candidates is promising change… Um. Did the war on poverty work the first time? Tons of money thrown at cities, but it sure didn’t erase poverty. Here’s an interesting article on that topic: http://www.city-journal.org/2008/18_4_war_on_poverty.html
Redistribution of wealth sure isn’t new and it never has worked. If businesses are taxed until they are making no profit, they die. Or they move to where they can survive. What happens when businesses die or move out of the country? People lose jobs. The government has nobody left to milk. The needy get much, much needier, and so do the once-wealthy.
If you punish people for hard work and honesty, what are you teaching our children? They don’t have to work? All they have to do is stand in a line in front of some government agency with their hand out and their every need will be supplied?
Some people say Christianity teaches redistribution of wealth. Any redistributing done in the early church was done voluntarily and out of love. It wasn’t coerced by government or routed through so many layers of bureaucracy that it dwindled to nothing before it reached people that needed help.
The Christian take on economics? Here’s a sample in what Paul said in 2 Thessalonians 3:7-12 “For you yourselves know how you ought to imitate us, because we were not idle when we were with you, nor did we eat anyone’s bread without paying for it, but with toil and labor we worked night and day, that we might not be a burden to any of you. It was not because we do not have that right, but to give you in ourselves an example to imitate. For even when we were with you, we would give you this command: If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat. For we hear that some among you walk in idleness, not busy at work, but busybodies. Now such persons we command and encourage in the Lord Jesus Christ to do their work quietly and to earn their own living.”
Sorry, Mr. Obama. What you’re promising isn’t new. History and common sense tell us it probably won’t be an improvement.