Governmental Theft

“You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his manservant, or his maidservant, or his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor’s.”

— Exodus 20:17

In modern America, we are like mice wandering in a maze—we don’t know where we are going. We don’t know which way to head, or even which way is which way, because we have turned away from the Word of God and from the instructions that our Founding Fathers believed in and looked to and upon which this great country was built.

One of those areas in which we have lost our way is the realm of economics. While the Soviet Union imploded because of forced socialism, many in our own country have been clamoring for less violent versions of socialism.

Though we have seen the greatest experiment in socialism in the history of the world in the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics come to a disastrous end, crash in flames and burn, bring utter disaster and bankruptcy and perhaps famine to that nation, still socialism is alive, though not well, in America. I think one of the great lessons we need to learn from the events of recent years is that socialism doesn’t work. It doesn’t work in the Soviet Union. It doesn’t work in Poland. It doesn’t work in East Germany. It doesn’t work in Cuba. It doesn’t work in China. It doesn’t work in America. What is it going to take to wake us up to that fact?

Socialism is built on covetousness, but the Bible says, “You shall not covet.” The Bible also says, “You shall not steal”—not even if you are the federal government.

Lord, give me strength for today to see through the politicians’ wily plans to buy votes from the unsuspecting. Lord, forgive us for stealing from our neighbor through exorbitant taxation. Help us to work for our daily bread and to share with others…