|To: LindyBill who wrote (468400)||1/30/2012 9:26:28 PM|
|From: Stan||3 Recommendations  Respond to of 536520|
|re: Aryeh Spero: What the Bible teaches about capitalism.|
Mosaic law also had some socialistic controls over capitalism, for example, although land was owned, the owner was forbidden to glean the corners of his field or to go back to get left-behind stalks nor he could not go over a tree twice to get what remained after the initial attempt. These all were to be left to the poor or stranger to take if need be.
"When you reap your harvest in your field, and forget a sheaf in the field, you shall not go back to get it; it shall be for the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow, that the Lord your God may bless you in all the work of your hands. When you beat your olive trees, you shall not go over the boughs again; it shall be for the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow. When you gather the grapes of your vineyard, you shall not glean it afterward; it shall be for the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow. Deuteronomy 24:19-21
Not only did the farmer not have complete access to his own product in this way, the poor were not allowed to take more than he could eat. He was not allowed to gather up a man's produce in his garment to remove it from the property, which taught him not to excuse covetousness because of his poverty. He had to be moderate in his use of the government-ordered charity of his neighbor - lest he become rich on the charity of others. Too many are on the government dole who take every single dollar they can get their hands on whether by legal or shady means, contributing to the general inefficiency and fraud in the system.
"When you come into your neighbor's vineyard, you may eat your fill of grapes at your pleasure, but you shall not put any in your container. When you come into your neighbor's standing grain, you may pluck the heads with your hand, but you shall not use a sickle on your neighbor's standing grain. Deuteronomy 23:24-25.
Liberalism is too eager to give excesses to the poor because they are poor.
You shall not show partiality to a poor man in his dispute. Exodus 23:3