Jesus is describing the Kingdom of Heaven: “For it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted to them his property. To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them, and he made five talents more. So also he who had the two talents made two talents more. But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master’s money. Now after a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them. And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me five talents; here, I have made five talents more.’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ And he also who had the two talents came forward, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me two talents; here, I have made two talents more.’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ He also who had received the one talent came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you scattered no seed, so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here, you have what is yours.’ But his master answered him, ‘You wicked and slothful servant! You knew that I reap where I have not sown and gather where I scattered no seed? Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received what was my own with interest. So take the talent from him and give it to him who has the ten talents. For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will have an abundance. But from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” Matthew 25:14-30. My note: a “talent” was worth about 17 years of wages for a day laborer. In this parable it was something that could be invested to grow, or be left fallow. The important point is that the talents were given with an expectation of increase.
Those who hate the gospel and the Bible appear to hate it for a lot of different reasons, but actually it’s all the same reason, it insults their love of egalitarianism and demands for fairness. Egalitarianism–the doctrine that all people are equal and deserve equal rights and opportunities–and fairness–impartial and just treatment without favoritism or discrimination–are wonderful ideals. They are stated in the Declaration of Independence. How do these ideals comport with the passage from Matthew, above, especially the boldprint sentence, which directly challenges the popular understanding of egalitarianism and fairness. Those who complain loudest about inequality and unfairness have confused God’s given rights and opportunities with equality of outcome.
Looking at the definition of egalitarianism, It is self evident that all people are not born equal in abilities nor will their opportunities be equal, and if they “deserve” equal rights and opportunities, who has determined that? How does something like that get enforced? Lifting the bottom to a higher level is much more difficult than pushing the top to a lower level. It’s just easier to tear down than build up. Which is why EVERY Communist or Socialist country–which have ALL chosen to pursue equality by tearing down rather than lifting up–can be described as the equal sharing of misery. EXCEPT for those in charge: The high party officials live in luxury and steal billions–which go into their Swiss bank accounts–while the common people, the beloved proletariat, are mired in poverty.
Let’s consider the words of the brilliant Dr. Thomas Sowell, when asked about reparations based on race, in the name of equality : “Well, [race] is one of any number of one-factor explanations as to why everyone doesn’t have the same outcome. A hundred years ago, it was genetics. At other times and places, it was exploitation. But again, these are ideas that sound plausible. But when you do research, you discover that everywhere you turn, there are a thousand reasons why people don’t turn out the same. It goes right down to the family — in the first chapter of [my book, Discrimination and Disparities], I point out that the first-born has a higher IQ than his siblings. And later in life, has more achievements. Among astronauts, for example, of the 29 astronauts in the Apollo program that put a man on the moon, 22 were were either the first-born or an only child. Now if you can’t get equality among people who are born to the same parents and raised under the same roof, why in the world would you think you’re going to get it among people who’ve had such different histories and cultures around the world?”
I have no more to say on the subject of equality, but will soon deal with reparations.