Give and Take
I could have commented on important stuff from the news today like A sick Wiggle, Advice from Iranian President , Snow, or even that silly Britney forgetting her underwear (not linked). But what caught my eye was this opinion piece from the Bellingham Herald about giving.
But perhaps the greatest gift any of us can give is one to those who otherwise would have nothing.
Thankfully there are a myriad of opportunities for Whatcom County residents to share the season’s blessings this holiday.
The Herald writers almost sound Christian in their listing of charities in need and gift giving charities. To me, the ability to give, is one of the great parts of American capitalism that is being snuffed out with the higher taxes of socialism. We capitalists earn money and choose to share it, resulting in “the joy of giving.” Socialism demands higher taxes so the government becomes the giver of gifts. Do they do a good job as your gifting proxy? Where is the joy when the government takes your money? I think the Soviet Union fell because the people had no joy. They were astoundingly unhappy. Don’t vote to give all of your joy away to government programs.
Truthfully, most keep giving in spite of higher taxes, but many at Christmas time go into debt due in part to high taxes. I don’t recommend going into debt to give. And by the way, I don’t think it’s right to borrow money to tithe. How many people go into each new year with hope, only to be faced with reality. Jan, Feb, Mar to pay down the cards, then wham April, that magical time of giving to the government.
I think God wanted us to be happy and rewarded, not socialist. Remember he spoke of an obligation when we were told to render unto Caesar, what is Caesars. He spoke of reward and joy when he talks about giving. Go forth and give, for April is the season of taxes, and now is the season of Christmas.
“Then give to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.”
Luke 20:25 NIV
Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”
Luke 6:38 NIV