Day 48: Hunger vs. the Will of God

Luke 4:3-4 :

The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread.”

Jesus answered him, saying, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.’”

Here we see that simply eating when you are starving to death can be a sin if eating would be to go against God’s word. These verses have serious implications for politics. People talk a lot about their rights; such as the right to have food, shelter, schooling, and now even medical care. These “rights” are described as things that no one should ever be denied by their government and is being used as a reason for the government to pay for things.

The Bible tells us that no man should eat who doesn’t first work for it. It also says that stealing from someone is a sin. It is because of these words of God and the example clearly demonstrated by Jesus, a government system that gives money to those who don’t work for it is not Biblical.

Many people who receive payments from the government don’t have a job. Simply because of their lack, they are given food. The Bible is very clear on this topic and even in the church, widows who don’t work are not to be given food by the church. God knows that the only alternative is to starve but man doesn’t live by bread alone and Jesus clearly demonstrates the right way to go in these verses.

The second problem with government giving out money is that government doesn’t have any money without first taking it from someone else. Politicians are very good at hiding this fact from the people when promoting new taxes. Obviously, government officials don’t use their own money to pay for the needs of people. When they say that someone needs help and that they are going to give it to them, they actually mean that they plan to find a way to take money from one person and give it to another. When money is taken away from a person who earned it against their will, above the amount authorized by God’s word, it is called stealing. Taxes are good as long as they stay within God’s limits.

You might argue that it was given by the voters but that is not exactly accurate. Only the voters who voted for the tax wanted to pay for it. What about the ones who didn’t vote for the tax, is it not robbing them? Unfortunately, this is the world we find ourselves in and God knows that. He will give us the ability to stand up under it just as He gave Jesus the ability to resist Satan. God calls us not to be bitter but to always hope and pray for the salvation of those who are blind to the things of God, including our leaders.