thirty biblical reasons to vote democratic in 2020: #23 Riches

No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” — Matthew 6:24 (NIV)

Jesus used the illustration of money in many of his parables, and he taught a lot about money and our love for it. Sometimes in the parables he used money to express a deeper point, but this above verse in Matthew is pretty clear: You can’t serve both God and money.

It’s easy to condemn the rich for making an idol of their money. And this is exactly what I’m doing with this post. Yes, it is easy. The current president spent 66 million dollars of his own money to get elected in 2016. His business dealings are not above board, or he would have produced his income taxes by now. We the taxpayers are paying for all of his court costs in his legal battles as president. He has made at least $900,000 from his real estate businesses while he has been president. He has had 6 bankruptcies. He has lived the corrupt high life of a millionaire. He serves money. BUT,

Money is so easy to want more of, isn’t it? When we don’t have it, it seems as if so many problems could be solved if we just had some. This is making an idol out of money, as much as the rich person who can’t give it away because he can never have enough. They are two sides of the same coin (pun intended.) This is what Jesus was telling us: so even though millionaire Donald J. Trump is not off the hook, neither are we.

Consider your heart. Where your treasure is, there your heart will be too. (Luke 12:34)

Donald Trump’s heart is with his money. I suppose this is why people think he is an expert at it and why generally people think the U.S. economy will be better off with him in charge. But the last time the U.S. budget was balanced was from 1998-2001 when Bill Clinton and a Republican led Congress compromised on spending cuts and increased taxes. (Remember when Bipartisanship actually existed?)

Donald Trump inherited his money, has had SIX BANKRUPTCIES, and has lived in a jet-setting millionaire’s bubble for his entire life! He is so out of touch with the working American that he commented “Stocks are owned by everybody.” This is false. Only 50 % of Americans own stock. And 84% of stocks are owned by the wealthiest 10%.

And this is how much he cares about your Social Security: “If victorious on November 3rd,” the president said on Aug. 8th, “I plan to forgive these taxes and make permanent cuts to the payroll tax.” He then added: “I’m going to make them all permanent.”

But the problem is that the payroll tax funds Social Security. How will Social Security be funded if the payroll tax is permanently gone? We don’t know. All he says is “We’ll be using the general fund for Social Security.” What general fund is that? The one that has a three trillion dollar deficit? You might want to click on the link to that article above. It is startling.

Do you want someone who only cares for the rich to be in charge of our economy? Be careful with this answer, Christian. Check your heart before you cast your vote.

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