Thursday, January 14, 2016

Covet Not

You shall not covet.  Don't lust after things that are not yours.  Don't long to have that which is not for you to have.  Longing and lusting often result in actions.  Lust for a woman can lead to adultery.  Longing for things often leads to theft.

There has been a whole political campaign of late, based on covetousness.  Give us free college.  Give us free healthcare.  The government cannot give anything that it has not first taken from someone else.

Free exchange of material possessions is freedom.  God asks that we be good stewards of the gifts he gives us, but he asks, not forces us to help others.  Charity that is forced is not charity.  Charity must come out of the goodwill of the giver; that's the view from the Hysterical Right Wing.

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