Kevin Heckle (3 Feb 2012)
"Obama-"Jesus would require the rich to pay more in taxes""

 
        Jesus - The Capitalist Investor
 
Obama asserted today the Jesus would require the rich to pay more in taxes. He cited Jesus' teachings, specifically 'for unto whom much is given, much is required'.  Besides the fact that the rich already pay more in taxes, the particular passage he mentioned has NOTHING to do with anyone paying taxes or progressive taxation.  When pressed about taxes and giving, Jesus said to 'render unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's and unto God the things that are God's'.  So apparently Jesus advocated a separation of Church and State when it came to taxes.  I'm certain Jesus never advocated charity at the tip of the Roman spear if the President's intention is to use taxation to 'spread the wealth around'.  As is usually the case, this politician took the Bible passage WAY out of context, having absolutely NOTHING to do with progressive taxation.  Rather the parable that Jesus told, (where Obama quotes Luke 12:48) concerns Jesus' Return to find faithful servants, over His Kingdom. 
 
Jesus uses the example of a master of an estate, presumably a person rich in wealth and lands, who entrusts a portion of that estate to a steward for a time, while the master is away.  Upon the master's return he has an expectation for growth of his estate.  "To whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more" is the next sentence.  The companion parable to this one is in Matthew 25: 14-30 and it elaborates even more as each servant is given a portion of silver, one a little, one a little more and another a lot.  When the master returns after some time he has an expectation on the return in his investment made in each steward.  Two of the stewards DOUBLED the master's money while the third hid his portion in the ground, fearing a loss.  Needless to say, the master was happy with those who had met the requirement of growing his money, while the third didn't even put it in an interest bearing savings account, which made the master angry.  The Bible says that the UNPROFITABLE steward was FIRED and cast out of the master's estate. 
 
Contrary then to Obama's assertion of Jesus' intended meaning of "for unto whom much is given, much is required" applying it to progressive taxation, it was actually referring to a capitalist's expectation of a progressive return on his investment, making the rich richer.  I wonder then, how Obama would interpret Jesus' summation of the parable?                                                                                                      
 
Mat 25:29-30 KJV - [29] For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath. [30] And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.   
 
YBIC,
Kevin H.