|“Faith in Christ is not blind submission, but intelligent assent. You cannot follow Christ without the use of your reason. “Try the spirits whether they are of God.” I John 4:1 Testing requires the use of your mind. God gave you a rational mind to think and to judge, and a free will to accept or reject.” Walter A. Henrichsen (“Walt”)
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
“Then I saw that all toil and all skill in work come from a man’s envy of his neighbor. This also is vanity and a striving after wind.” Ecclesiastes 4:4
Solomon says that man’s propensity to compete with others reveals his depravity. Success in work springs from people competing with one another. Solomon says, “I saw all the oppressions that are practiced under the sun.” 316 Competition feeds the instinct to oppress. Thus nations with a capitalistic system of economics realize the need to establish controls around the few that become very good at competing, for if such people are not checked, they will use their power to crush their competitors.
You will never work for what you cannot keep as hard as you will for what you can keep. For this reason, socialism failed. Capitalism understands the nature of man and therefore succeeds. But as you find yourself motivated by competition, know that you are but a short step from oppression, and only the Holy Spirit can keep you from crossing the line.
If you fail to establish limits on your appetites, you can easily end gaining your sense of worth from your ability to accumulate. Solomon illustrates a vacuous life by describing “a person who has no one, either son or brother, yet there is no end to all his toil, and his eyes are never satisfied with riches, so that he never asks, ‘For whom am I toiling and depriving myself of pleasure?”‘317 He works to accumulate with no one to whom he can leave it. Such competition reveals a warped value system from any point of view.
316 Ecclesiastes 4:1
Psalm 123-125 1 Corinthians 10:1-18 (New King James Version)
1 Corinthians 10:1-18
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