Friday, March 27, 2015

Socialism and the Ten Virgins

by Lorilyn Roberts

"An economics professor at a local college made a statement that he had never failed a single student before, but had failed an entire class.

That class had insisted that Obama's socialism worked and that no one would be poor and no one would be rich, a great equalizer.

The professor then said, "Okay, we will have an experiment in this class on Obama's plan. All grades would be averaged and everyone would receive the same grade, so no one would fail, and no one would receive an A."

After the first test, the grades were averaged and everyone got a B. The students who studied hard were upset and the students who studied little were happy.

As the second test rolled around, the students who studied little had studied even less and the ones who studied hard decided they wanted a free ride too so they studied little.

The second test average was a D!

No one was happy.

When the third test rolled around, the average was an F.

The scores never increased as bickering, blame and name-calling all resulted in hard feelings and no one would study for the benefit of anyone else.

All failed, to their great surprise, and the professor told them, "Socialism would also ultimately fail because when the reward is great, the effort to succeed is great but when government takes all the reward away, no one will try or want to succeed.

It cannot be any simpler than that."

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The above story quoted from several sources on the Internet may be spurious but it's an interesting analogy on the mechanics of socialism.  None of us are so "Godly and self-sacrificing" that we are willing to work our behinds off for the welfare of the State without regard to our own personal sacrifice and what the cost is to ourselves. Socialism takes away the hard-work ethic that Americans historically have been known for and equalizes available resources for "the good of all."

Socialism runs counter to my Christian beliefs because my freedom and ability to choose have been taken from me and what's "good for all" has been forced on me by a godless government. The government is not wise enough to make the choice about what is best for me or my family, and when they rob from me to give what is rightfully mine to someone else, most of the surplus ends up in the pockets of those who least deserve it.

In the Parable of the Ten Virgins, found in Matthew 25:1-13, the five young women who brought extra containers of oil for their lamps were not "forced" to share with those who didn't. Why? Because there would not have been enough "capital" or oil available to take care of everyone who came to meet the bridegroom.

The five virgins without sufficient oil were not disabled-they could talk, walk, think, and reason, and it is implied by the context, they could take care of themselves. Jesus called them "unwise." The wise virgins instructed them to "go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves." Implicit in the story is a free market economy where there are resources available to be bought, showing that the foolish virgins could have bought some earlier but didn't.

The foolish maidens preferred to depend on handouts from the wise who had planned ahead, much like many today are looking for the government to take care of them in the form of bailouts for fiscal mismanagement; free money for cars, houses, and education; entitlements for government welfare; funding social issues like abortion; and now free health insurance that could bankrupt our country.

Jesus admonished us to help the poor, saying they would always be with us, the thought being, no matter what a nation does to equalize wealth, it goes counter to God's natural law. Everyone is not guaranteed the ability to own a home, have health insurance, or whatever else our government decides should be funded by those who have more. The government will end up robbing its citizens to pay for what is not affordable. Socialism is not sustainable because fewer and fewer will be able to survive economically at a high enough level to provide for those who are unwilling. Many will be duped into thinking they can't to validate our government's desire for ultimate control. The whole system will collapse into its own waste of misallocated resources and broken dreams. 

Too many of our young people have been hoodwinked into believing they are entitled to "more." Someone insisted in response to my arguments on Facebook, "the government is going to take care of me." Good luck with that thought. The problem is somebody has to pay. In the end, we all pay because we all suffer when the truly poor suffer, and there will be more who are truly poor. When limited resources are squandered by propping up those who deserve to fail and the available capital is used by the government to equalize all there is, everyone suffers. We see this now and will see more of it because we are now using capital that doesn't exist. 

The future earnings of our children, borrowed money from other countries, fiat money created by our government, our Social Security, and probably, eventually, our retirement accounts, will be used to fund our fiscal irresponsibility. There will be a continued shrinking of the private sector as the government takes over more and more of the economy. A day of reckoning is coming. God's law is a natural law. Those who have been deceived will receive their just reward.

As in the parable of the Ten Virgins, the wise virgins had enough oil and those who were foolish didn't. Those who seek the truth will be prepared. God said in the end times He would send a strong delusion. I see a lack of discernment everywhere; sadly, most of all in our young people. Too many of them have bought into the lies fed to them by the educational system and powerful bureaucrats in Washington. I blame both the Democrats and Republicans. In many ways, I hardly even see a difference between them except when it comes to the issue of abortion. I wonder if they do not know history or if it's just easier to believe the delusion rather than to seek the truth. Even Pontius Pilate, who represented the powerful Roman government, asked "What is Truth?" as the Author of Truth, Jesus Christ, stood before him. The question is, do you know?  

I implore you to seek the truth while it can still be found. Who knows when the last bastion of freedom of information will be taken from us. In China, much of their news is filtered by the government. There the Google search engines remove "propaganda" that the government doesn't want the masses to know. In Russia, South Korea, and Vietnam, Christians are imprisoned and martyred for speaking the truth; and now in Europe, Islam is the fastest growing ethnic minority and Sharia law is becoming the norm. The Muslims make it no secret what their agenda is by their attacks on our country, our faith, and our way of life. How long are we going to be in denial of the truth for the sake of political correctness?

While the government may think Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae, AIG, and others are "too big to fail," perhaps they don't realize a free United States is not too big to fail. It is not even a question if you have enough oil.  Don't blink or you might miss the bridegroom. It is happening that fast!


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  1. I wonder what might have happened in that classroom if the top tiers had been offered a chance to willingly share points with those who were less well off, instead of automatically being "taxed."

  2. This is such a distorted representation of socialism that it's difficult to know where to start in responding to it. I appreciate that socialism has little support in the US and that it may not be widely understood there, but this is nonetheless a bizarre portrayal. To equate a sharing of resources with an equalling out of people's exam grades is nonsensical. Whether or not you agree with sharing resources, these two things are clearly not the same. The analogy only makes sense if people's wealth under capitalism is based purely on how hard someone works or how intelligent they are (not that this would be fair anyway), but this is clearly not the case, either in the US or in my own country (Britain).

    I don't know anyone in the UK (whether socialist or otherwise) who regards Obama as a socialist. In European terms, he's not even a social democrat; mildly liberal perhaps.

  3. I understand your thinking, but I don't agree. The grades don't align exactly with intelligence and hard work either. Teacher's pet, brown nosing, good looks, seating location, disabilities, and many other things get into the equation.
    Clearly, the redistribution of income from those who are either smarter, faster, luckier, prettier, and care more, etc., to those who don't and end up having less is socialism, plain and simple. Obama is moving the US further down that road, and thus is actually a progressive, not a liberal.
    He and most elite progressives are only too happy to spend other people's money for social justice while amassing huge wealth for themselves.