By Bryan Fischer
Donald Berwick: “Excellent health care is by nature redistributional.”
Bible: “You shall not steal.”
Donald Berwick: “Any health care funding plan that is just, equitable, civilized, and humane must, must redistribute wealth from the richer among us to the poorer and less fortunate.”
Bible: “You shall not covet…anything that is your neighbor’s.”
Donald Berwick, the new head of Medicare, makes his first appearance before Congress today, testifying before the Senate Finance Committee.
His approach to health care reform obviously involves taking from the rich and giving to the poor. This is nothing more than legalized theft, plunder under the color of law.
And it is predicated, as all of liberalism is, on an envy of the wealthy and productive. There is a seething resentment among liberals that some in our culture have while others do not, a resentment that finds expression in the forcible taking of the assets of the productive and its transfer to the unproductive. That is nothing more than ugly greed.
Thus liberalism, and ObamaCare in particular, is predicated on a gross, deliberate violation of two of God’s Ten Commandments.
It is not as if the Bible does not believe in the transfer of wealth, for it surely does. But what the Bible teaches is that such a transfer must be voluntary.
The early church had no needy among them, not because the heavy hand of government took from some at the point of a sword and gave to others, but because generous individuals willingly brought of their wealth, “laid it at the apostles; feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need” (Acts 4:35).
Capitalism is grounded on the biblical principles of hard work, self-reliance, compassion and generosity. Socialism, on the other hand, is rooted in the thoroughly unbiblical principles of theft, greed, class warfare, envy, and the punishment of the productive. Such principles are not just unbiblical, they are evil and socially destructive.
Bottom line: the involuntary transfer of wealth is fundamentally immoral. The voluntary transfer of wealth, on the other hand, is noble and compassionate. Donald Berwick of involuntary transfer infamy is promoting a profoundly wrongheaded and un-American political philosophy, and deserves every last bit of grilling he might get today.
(Unless otherwise noted, the opinions expressed are the author’s and do not necessarily reflect the views of the American Family Association or American Family Radio.)
The Moral Liberal contributing editor, Bryan Fischer, is Director of Issue Analysis for Government and Public Policy at the American Family Association, and is the host of the daily ‘Focal Point’ radio talk program on AFR Talk, a division of the American Family Association. ‘Focal Point’ airs live from 1-3 pm Central Time, and is also simulcast on the AFA Channel, which can be seen on the Sky Angel network.