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There are two competing world views in the United States: socialism and Christianity.
Socialism is a system where the State controls capital and production, plans the economy and redistributes wealth from producers to non producers. It breeds a welfare environment where citizens become dependent upon the State for their daily bread. Individual liberties are replaced with the “common good,” decided by bureaucrats.
In socialism, the State claims to be the sovereign authority, demanding people’s homage. Socialistic States are secular and have great disdain for Christianity which rejects this philosophy. Socialism is a de facto secular religious system which elevates the State to the position of God. Remember the Romans proclaimed, “Vox populi, Vox Dei,” meaning “The voice of the people is the voice of God.”
Christianity acknowledges the sovereignty of God revealed in the Bible and through the person of the Lord Jesus Christ. Christianity proclaims liberty under law. It encourages personal responsibility and initiative. Proverbs instructs that, “The hand of the diligent shall prosper.” The concept of private property is firmly established by the 8th Commandment, “Thou Shalt Not Steal.” Christianity teaches that all government authority is established by God and that civil rulers must govern according to a higher law.
This was the perspective of our founding fathers. George Washington wrote, “It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible.”
Yet politicians increasingly choose socialism over our Christian heritage. Nowhere is this more evident than in taxation.
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The Bible teaches tithing ten percent of your income to the Church and Christian ministries as acknowledgment that all that we have comes from God’s providential hand.
The socialist State claims ownership over citizens and their possessions by taxing their income and property. Even after you have paid off your mortgage, if you stop paying property taxes, you will find out who really owns your home.
The United States has adopted a so called “progressive” income tax policy. As income increases, the percentage of income subject to taxes rises. Those who earn the most pay the highest percentage of their income in taxes. According to the Congressional Budget Office the top 1% of income earners pays nearly 40% of the total income taxes collected by the federal government. The top 10% income earners pay nearly 70% of the total income taxes collected. The top 40% of income earners pay 99% of all income taxes.
This means 60% of the people pay no income tax. Yet the socialists reward them with government programs.
What is progressive about a system which penalizes individuals who strive to be successful? If you tax productivity, you get less of it. If you subsidize laziness, you get more of it.
The socialists promote organized theft of the producers, under the guise of good government, and redistribute their money to buy the votes of the non productive, disincentivizing both groups.
We have a critical choice to make: Follow socialism and lose our liberty and property or return to our nation’s Christian heritage.