As the presidential elections heat up during the year, I’m sure we will be exposed to new levels of class warfare since this has been a part of the Democratic National Committee’s plan of attack for the past 50 or so years. The idea is that we are to elect Democrats so that they will go after the greedy, selfish, self interested rich and make them pay their fair share. No attempts are made to ever clarify what their “fair” share is, but we can assumed that according to the greedy Democratic National Committee, it’s one dollar more than they are collecting now in taxes.
Just this fact alone is dishonest in it’s approach and should be rejected. If we are going to be fair, then let the tax system be truly fair: everyone pays 10 percent of their income to the government. Not just rich people. Not jus the middle class. Fair is for all to pay, even those on welfare need to pay their fair share. Whatever the tax rate is, we should all be paying the same rate of taxes for this is the only way to be truly fair.
However there is more sin to the notion of class warfare than just this dishonesty. This attitude toward the rich, whether put forth by the DNC, or anyone else, is a sinful attitude that needs to be repented of for several reasons.
First, class warfare is based upon envy and covetousness. This is a sin according to God’s Moral Law found in the Ten Commandments, which states: “You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife; and you shall not desire your neighbor’s house, his field, his male servant, his female servant, his ox, his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor’s.”
Class warfare exists on the basis that it’s OK to look at what our neighbor has, determine if it is too much, and take it by force through the use of the government. This is not only stealing, which breaks the Eighth Commandment, but also the Tenth. What our neighbor has, be they poor or rich, belongs to them and we are not to covet those things nor take them by force. This principle of owning private property has been a foundation of this country since its inception.
Secondly, class warfare actually works against God’s hand as well. Proverbs 22:2 The rich and the poor have this in common, the LORD is the maker of them all. This means that if someone is rich, they are rich because of God’s hand, not their own. We tend to think that the rich get where they are in life because they work harder, have more talent, etc., than anyone else. Proverbs even supports part of this reality. Those who do work hard, will be made rich and not poor. But we also must concede that those are placed in the position of being rich by God’s hand. He gave them the talents, desire, drive and opportunity to become rich. It is God’s hand that raises up the rich.
Therefore, to rail against that is to rail against God’s sovereign hand. It is to rail against God Himself.
Now, I’m not saying that the rich have God’s eternal favor on them just because they are rich. The bible is full of warnings about trusting in riches and looking to riches in the day of wrath. That is another aspect all together. What I’m saying is that class warfare is a sin because it involves coveting, and railing against God’s sovereign decree.
We should actually be grateful for the rich. The rich spend money, buy things that help keep the economy going, which helps employ those who are not rich, but looking simply to work and live in our society. We should be grateful God has allowed us to live in a country where we have rich, middle class and poor.
Third, class warfare is also sinful in that it makes being rich a sin, which God has not declared. Yes, we have the warnings about being rich, but no where does the Bible condemn being rich simply for being rich. There are many pitfalls to being rich, but the simple act of being rich is not sinful in and of itself. Declaring it so, is making something sinful in which God has not done so, IS sinful.
So the next time you hear someone practicing the art of class warfare, reject the notion all together and the one espousing this sin.