|1 Timothy 6:10 |
10 For the love of money is the root of all evil,2 through which some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
2 For the love of money is the root of all evil. It it not money that is the root of all evil; it is the love of money. Rich or poor can love money. Rich or poor can have little regard for money. This verse is in the context of beware of the desire to be rich, which results in a fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and utter loss.
From the Word of the Lord within: "defend the rich." Why?—because in today's world, with governments having run up huge debts and looking for revenue instead of cutting spending, politicians are promoting the raise of taxes only on the rich few; which our society has labeled progressive taxation, while labeling taxes that apply to everyone equally as regressive. By that definition, God is regressive because He ordered regressive taxation in the Old Covenant by requiring tithes of 10% of crops from all landowners, regardless of their amount of gain; (tithes were to support the poor and the Levities). We are supposed to treat others as we would have them treat us; we are supposed to treat all men without partiality to avoid sin; and to "stick it to the rich" is clearly a failure to love your neighbor as yourself. Promotion of discriminatory taxation by class of earnings is promoting class envy, and envy is sin.
The rich are, and will increasingly be, the spendthrift politicians' whipping boy: a minority oppressed by envious taxation promoted by politicians trying to raise revenue without being voted out of office by the majority. As Christians, we are supposed to defend the oppressed — even if they are rich, they are still are our neighbor and fellow man.