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Wednesday, September 21, 2011
When covetousness abounds
Exodus 20:17 is the 10th Commandment, which says, "Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's house, thou shalt not covet they neighbor's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbor's." We see that we are not to desire what is not ours. Exodus 18:21 explains who is to govern, saying, "Moreover thou shalt provide out of all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place such over them to be rulers of thousands, and rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens." It is my opinion--stressing that this is my opinion--that covetousness is bad government, as well as sinful personal practice.
America has strayed far from the Founding Fathers' intent of limited government based on what the Constitution calls "enumerated powers." Enumerated powers, I believe, are very similar to the Ten Commandments in that they limit what is acceptable practice. I have had debates with other ministers of the gospel who take issue with my contention that if it is not expressly permitted in the Bible, it is not allowed. The liberal view is if it is not expressly forbidden in the Bible, it is allowed. This debate extends to Constitutional issues as well. A strict constructionist of the Constitution would say that government is limited by the authority given in the document. A liberal would say that if it is not forbidden, it is permissible.
From the position that coveting is bad government, this is one of the worst in history. The health care mandate is a tax increase. Increased government fees are tax increases. Confusing the public on taxing the rich (capital gains vs income tax) is a means of class warfare and promoting tax increases. Policies that cause home ownership foreclosures, higher food and fuel prices, the loss of jobs, record and insurmountable deficits and debt are all covetous practices that are detrimental to the general welfare of the governed. This particular White House has gone out of its way to replace a free market economy with a managed economy, which is coveting every citizen's ability of life, liberty and pursuit of happiness.
Likewise, this government is covetous toward your hard earned money in creating an environment that does not protect the national interest, provide for the common defense or for the general welfare of the people. By spending billions of taxpayer dollars in propping up the Muslim Brotherhood and offshoots of al Qaeda in their efforts to topple governments in Egypt, Libya, Yemen and elsewhere, the White House is undermining the national security of the United States and its allies. Now there are US ground troops in Libya--something the White House promised would not happen. Indeed, another front of war by America is opened. Covetousness abounds to every American citizen's peril.
Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!