Thomas Sowell is a brilliant economist. You should definitely find and read his book Basic Economics. In a recent column he said the following,

“Those who want to take our money and gain power over us have discovered the magic formula: Get us envious or angry at others and we will surrender, in installments, not only our money but our freedom. The most successful dictators of the 20th century — Hitler, Lenin, Stalin, Mao — all used this formula and now class warfare politicians here are doing the same.”

Every politician promises to create jobs, leave no child behind, bring us all out of poverty, etc. They plan on doing this by taking all our money and redistributing it, which used to be called “socialism” and now is called “the way it is.” In order to get us to voluntarily allow our money to be stolen, they incite us with hate so we feel as though having our money taken from us is virtuous–hurting the enemy.

The danger of this is that hate is not a Christian virtue! The older generation rips on the younger generation and the younger rips on the older. Why? Because the younger have their money stolen so the older can play golf and the older know they are living off the younger so they feel guilty so they have to find fault with the younger. This leads to division. It is also ironic that as this trend is happening, our churches are splitting into “traditional” and “contemporary” services–read “old” and “young.” It only makes sense based on what’s happening in our culture.

We must be very careful to maintain our Christian virtues which sneak away if you’re not paying attention.

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