Tom in Iraq as a Military Observer

Tom in Iraq as a Military Observer
They sent me here just to watch...

Friday, March 15, 2013

Everyone got an "F"

This analogy is making the rounds.  It makes some valid points, but is incomplete.  Read the offering and then my concomitant that follows.

An economics professor at a local college made a statement that he had never failed a single student before, but had recently failed an entire class. That class had insisted that Obama's socialism worked and that no one would be poor and no one would be rich, a great equalizer. 

The professor then said, "OK, we will have an experiment in this class on Obama's plan".

All grades will be averaged and everyone will receive the same grade so no one will fail and no one will receive an A.... (Substituting grades for dollars - something closer to home and more readily understood by all).

After the first test, the grades were averaged and everyone got a B. The students who studied hard were upset and the students who studied little were happy. As the second test rolled around, the students who studied little had studied even less and the ones who studied hard decided they wanted a free ride too so they studied little.

The second test average was a D! No one was happy.

When the 3rd test rolled around, the average was an F.

As the tests proceeded, the scores never increased as bickering, blame and name-calling.  All resulted in hard feelings and no one would study for the benefit of anyone else.

To their great surprise, ALL FAILED and the professor told them that socialism would also ultimately fail because
 when the reward is great, the effort to succeed is great, but when government takes all the reward away, no one will try or
want to succeed. Could not be any simpler than that. (Please pass this on)

 These are possibly the 5 best sentences you'll ever read and all applicable to this experiment:

1. You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity by legislating the wealthy out of prosperity.

2. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.

3. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else.

4. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it!

5. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that is the beginning of the end of any nation.

The rest of the story…

God placed mercy and compassion in the human heart.  God commanded us to love our neighbor as much as we love ourselves.  Jesus said, it’s time to do better than that—let’s raise the bar.  It’s time to love our neighbor as much as I have loved you.  The human heart has a divine model.  We are equipped to care for our neighbor if we follow Christ and abide in his word.

Why do many want the government to do this?  That is the real question.

  Why does this generation want the government to do this?

We are called out of the world, set apart for God’s work, and sent back into the world for good works that bring glory to God.

Maybe it is time that God's people stopped waiting on the government and just started doing God's work.

I enjoy free enterprise.  I embrace our wonderful Constitution   It is a masterpiece of self government for the ages.  I do not want to lose it.  I don't want a society without a solid work ethic, but neither is worth much without God's blessing.  God's blessing comes from returning to him.

It is time that Christians stopped blaming the government for everything.  We should be too busy loving one another, speaking the truth in love, and bring the good news of abundant and eternal life in Christ to have time left over to complain.