The Fiscal Cliff Explained

Today’s Headline from www.foxnews.com: Democrats and Republicans appear closer to compromise on deficit deal — with closing tax loopholes for highest earners in US emerging as middle ground — as economists warn country could go over ‘fiscal cliff’ when tax cuts for many expire, $1T federal cuts begin.

In the video below, Wall Street Journal’s David Wessel explains the issue in easy to understand terms.

Bottom Line: For love of country, its time to put party politics aside and find a workable solution. We desperately need an outbreak of leadership and soon!

Concerning Redistribution of Wealth

Excerpt from Dr. Wayne Grudem’s short book “Business for the Glory of God”:

Some inequality of possessions is fundamentally good and provides many opportunities for glorifying God, but also many temptations to sin; and some extreme inequalities are wrong in themselves.

It may seem surprising to us to think that some inequalities of possessions can be good and pleasing to God. However, although there is no sin or evil in heaven, the Bible teaches that there are varying degrees of reward in heaven and various kinds of stewardship that God entrusts to different people. When we stand before Jesus to give account of our lives, he will say to one person,

“You shall have authority over ten cities,”

and to another,

“You are to be over five cities” (Luke 19:17, 19).

Therefore there will be inequalities of stewardship and responsibility in the age to come. This means that the idea of inequality of stewardship in itself is given by God and must be good.

In a similar teaching, Paul, speaking to believers, says, “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil” (2 Cor. 5:10). This implies degrees of reward for what we have done in this life. Many other passages teach or imply degrees of reward for believers at the final judgment. Even among the angels, there are differing levels of authority and stewardship established by God, and therefore we cannot say that such a system is wrong or sinful in itself.

Inequalities are necessary in a world that requires a great variety of tasks to be done. Some tasks require stewardship of large amounts of resources (such as ownership of a steel mill or a company that manufactures airplanes), and some tasks require stewardship of small amounts of resources. And God has given some people greater abilities than others, abilities in artistic or musical skills, abilities in mathematics or science, abilities in leadership, abilities in business skills and buying and selling, and so forth. If reward for each person’s labor is given fairly and is based on the value of what that person produces, then those with larger abilities will naturally gain larger rewards. Since people are different in abilities and effort, I don’t think there could be a fair system of rewards for work unless the system had different rewards for different people. Fairness of reward requires such differences.
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Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s Last Stand Against Socialism

Here’s a video of part of a Question time session in the House of Parliament in London, at the end of the Iron Lady’s eleven year tenure as Britain’s Prime Minister. Though it was undeniable that she had led the country into much economic prosperity, she faced accusations that the gap between rich and poor had increased. Here is her response to the charge.

HT: Thirsty Theologian

An Explosion of Common Grace

When it comes to worldviews, everyone wears glasses. It is the lens through which we look at the world. What about you? How do you view the events of history? What kind of glasses do you use to look at the world around you – secular or biblical?

The statistics (shown in this video below) are quite mind blowing and impactful, seeing them as man advancing in knowledge, status and power.

Christians will see them as a combination of man taking the Genesis 1 call for dominion seriously and conquering his environment, along with a huge outpouring of God’s grace and blessing. I think that is how the angels would view them too. They reveal the huge escalation and outpouring of common grace over the last 200 years.

Economics according to country: