7th Commandment and Government

Whenever I sing the verse of Luther’s Ten Commandments hymn on the 7th commandment, I can’t help but think to myself: “This applies to you too, O Government.” “You shall not steal or take away / what others worked for night and day.” The seventh commandment not only forbids me to steal from others, but it also is meant to protect my property and income from those who would take it away. The whole socialist idea of redistribution of wealth violates this principle I think, where the government takes our money or property and distributes it to those who have less. This kind of “charity” should not be mandated or controlled by the government, but should come from the generosity of each individual. A government should help and protect those who cannot help and protect themselves, who are truly needy–these I have no problem helping. But those who have property or wealth ought to be able to keep it for themselves, and give on their own terms.


About Rev. Paul L. Beisel

Graduate of Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, IN in 2001 (M Div.) and 2004 (S.T.M.); LC-MS Pastor and Adjunct Instructor for John Wood Community College; Husband of Amy and father of Susan, Elizabeth, Martin, and Theodore.
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One Response to 7th Commandment and Government

  1. Here here!

    The biggest form of redistribution in the American economy is hidden. When the Fed lowers interest rates, what it is really doing is expanding (inflating) the money supply. What this does is to devalue the dollar (which is today worth about seven cents of what it was worth when the Fed was created in 1913). So people who spend right now win (though they sell themselves into debt-slavery), and people who save (or people who are retired or on fixed incomes) lose, since their money is constantly losing value, while the interest rates they should be receiving are artificially kept low. Theft pure and simple.

    It is a deliberate redistribution of wealth which benefits high level banks (who make money by “loaning” these “dollars” into existence, often by giving out mortgages and credit card loans laden with time-bombs to get people perpetually indebted), and a few others who can get to the money before it becomes devalued (i.e. the politically connected).

    The other beneficiary is the federal government, who can pay for entitlements in vastly devalued dollars instead of raising unpopular taxes.

    Many places in Scripture, we are told that the Lord abhors dishonest scales (e.g. Prov. 11:1). This is the problem with “paper money” (aka “fiat currency”) – which is why the U.S. Constitution prohibits bills of credit and anything other than gold or silver as legal tender. Hard currency is an honest scale. The Federal Reserve is a ponzi scheme and is not only unconstitutional, but immoral. Printing more money simply reduces the value of each dollar. This is why prices almost always rise, and almost never fall.

    But you won’t hear either major party candidate talk about this. Instead, they will call each other names while their policies are basically identical.

    The bailout that Congress passed (over a 95% objection of the people) that Senators Obama and McCain supported is just the kind of socialism you’re rightfully decrying. The $700 billion (which, in fact, is more than a $ trillion) is not budgeted anywhere. It will not be raised in new taxes, nor covered by decreased spending. Rather, the Fed will simply loan these newly-created thin-air dollars to banks and Wall Street firms. It is socialism that steals from everyone to give to the rich – a reward for their horrific mismanagement and the Fed’s policies.

    One way or the other, we are in for a socialist government (which is pretty much what we have had since the 1930s under both parties) that will do the opposite of what is needed – a market correction and a return to honest money.

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