We have come to a place in our culture where many people, especially young people, are being convinced that it is unjust for some to have more than others.
“It’s not fair that 1% of the people in the country have ½ of the money!”
“It’s not fair that some people have more opportunity than others!”
At first glance, and with little to no understanding of history, theology, and logic, these claims can be very persuasive. But what is the solution?
When you boil it down, there are only two solutions: one is godly, the other satanic.
What more and more people are proposing, is that we make a system where no matter how hard, or how little, you work and dream and endeavor, all people make the same amount of money. This is based upon the philosophy of Karl Marx, and is thick with error and danger. What people who buy into such thinking fail to understand, is that such an idea will rob people of joy and fulfillment. It would be like telling a classful of students that no matter how hard they study, or how poorly the study, all are going to make a C+ on the exam. And so the diligent wrongly suffer, and the lazy are inappropriately rewarded. There is a ceiling that you can’t push through, and as you hit your head on that ceiling you will be joined with lazy people who shouldn’t even be there.
Would there be any motivation for our children to study for the exam if they knew that they couldn’t make an A+ despite their hard work? Likewise, would there be any motivation for them to study if they knew they couldn’t fail the exam? This is the result of Socialism/Communism.The godly response to the reality that some people have more than others is to simply be thankful for what you have, and to realize that no one owes you anything except yourself. If you want more, praise God and be thankful that you live in a nation where, because of freedom, you can work hard and excel.
And so, how do we apply this principle with raising children? Here are two ideas:
First, never complain in front of your children (or anytime for that matter). The Bible commands us to do all things without complaining and to be content with what we have.
But godliness with contentment is great gain, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. – 1st Timothy 6:6-8
Second, do not run your home like a Marxist government. If you are rewarding your children with cookies for helping in the garden, you don’t necessarily have to give them all the same amount of cookies. We live in a society that believes “everyone needs a trophy”. If you reward people for doing nothing, or if we reward the less diligent as much as the truly diligent, they will not learn to be determined, disciplined, and responsible. If you want to build determination in your children, teach them the reward of diligence.
Lazy hands make a man poor, but diligent hands bring wealth. – Proverbs 10:4
The bottom line is this: equality, like the leftist promote today, is not a characteristic of God’s Kingdom. There is equality in God’s Kingdom, and it is two-fold. First, we are equally valuable as humans because we are all made in God’s image. Second, we are all equal under the law, to be guilty or innocent without bias or partiality.
But to say that some can’t have more than others, or to say, that all must have as little as others, is not only anti-Christians, it is anti-reality. It can’t truly work. All it does is produce discord, destruction, and slothfulness.
Teach your child that it is completely normal and good for some to have more than others. Teach them to rejoice for those who have more, to be kind to those who have less, and to be thankful for what they have.