Not too long after I met my current boss I remember something he said that will stick with me forever. We were reviewing our advertising strategy and the decision was made that we would spend considerably more money than we had in the past. Fortunately for us it was because our sales had been climbing rather well. After he told me the amount he then said, “it’s all relative, it’s just another zero at the end of the number.”
What might be one of the most politically incorrect stories in the Bible is the story Jesus tells of the rich man and the talents that he gives to his three servants. To one he gives five talents, who then invests the money, doubles it and his master is pleased. To the second man he gives two talents, who doubles it and again the master commends him for his success. To the last servant he gives one talent, but this servant does not invest the money. He buries it, out of fear of failure. The master is so furious with this servant that he calls him lazy, takes the money away and gives it to the servant who now has the ten talents.
Not only does Jesus seem to be stomping on the concept of redistribution of wealth, taking from the rich and giving to the poor, He actually comes right out and says to the poor man that he was lazy and ignorant. Imagine a politician that tried that today? Here is Jesus doing reverse taxation, taking from the poor and redistributing it to the wealthiest. Perhaps Jesus understands that only the wealthiest and most courageous of investors can possibly keep an economy moving. The poor have their place, but it is not in the area of job creation.
At least for the time being, in America, the principles leading up to profit and success are there for all to use and enjoy. So the next time you hear someone, especially the president of the free world saying things like, “I think this company has made enough money,” just remember that zeroes at the end of the number are not the problem with society. The lazy and those trying to reward them are the problem.