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Sunday, June 7, 2015

The Future In Hindsight


Before Romania was a democratic country it was a communist country, and before it was a communist country it was a monarchy. With each transition certain things took place that shaped the nation for the next fifty years, and most often not for the better. One need not be a student of history to see certain key events play out and draw certain conclusions based on said events.

One of the first things the communists did when they came to power was strip the rich of their wealth, imprison every voice of dissent, and appoint little more than troglodytes to positions of power.

Nothing is more dangerous than an imbecile with power, and all that was required of them was to remember who gave them said power, and obey whenever called upon to act.

And so, people who had worked their entire lives to build something for themselves were kicked out of their homes, and their homes were given to others who never had either the desire or wherewithal to succeed in life, all in the name of equality.

A strange thing happened when these homes were given away to those who had neither worked to build them or upkeep them. Within a matter of years these homes were nothing more than hollow shells, raped of their beauty and their once stunning presence, because those who had been given stewardship of them did nothing to maintain them and treated them as one would something they didn’t have to work for.

Even here, in Botosani, a relatively small and poor city, there are the husks of once breathtaking homes, and one need only close their eyes and imagine what they were like at their peak to be both speechless and broken of heart.

What all those foaming at the mouth and screaming about equality, and taking it all away from the rich to give to the poor don’t understand is that equality has always been and will always be a fantasy. No matter the government, no matter the system, no matter the restrictions, there will always be those who will outwork, outthink, and outhustle the vast majority, and make a better life for themselves and their families.

Give a man who didn’t have to work for it a mansion, and within a hare’s breath it will be turned into a dung heap, because what you didn’t work for you don’t respect, and what you don’t respect you don’t strive to maintain.

I am poor by choice. I’ve made money in the past, I know how to make money in the present, but money does not appeal to me, nor do material possessions. Wealth and the message I preach are irreconcilable and forever destined to be apart, and that bothers me not an iota. I choose to see my daughter grow up rather than spend my time and energy amassing possessions. Those experiences are more valuable to me than a new car or a big home. That said, this is a personal choice, and as such I cannot ask someone who has chosen to pursue wealth to give what he has amassed to me because I chose not to pursue the selfsame wealth.

I write this article today because given that another election is around the corner, our beloved politicians will once again be beating the inequality drum at a fevered pitch, not bothering to include themselves among the evil rich, but though they are multi-millionaires in their own right somehow consider themselves removed from said title.

When you fuel the fire and fan the flame of such a mentality, when you make a mass of individuals believe they are entitled to something they didn’t work, sweat, bleed, and sacrifice for, it becomes impossible to put the genie back in the bottle and have things be as they once were.

The utter desperation to win elections have made people nearsighted, and as yet they do not see the reality that once you let this particular dog off the leash it will not stop until it has devoured everything in its path.

If you want to see the end result of what this mentality produces you need look no further than former communist bloc countries where the entrepreneurs, the visionaries, the educated, and the hard working were stripped of their possessions only to watch them be squandered by the mobs who were told that they deserved what others had worked for simply because it was more fair this way.

With love in Christ,
Michael Boldea Jr.

4 comments:

Tim Shey said...

Excellent post.

FionaB said...

So true! Unfortunately I think the genie is out of the bottle and getting it back in may be virtually impossible. The flesh lusts for more stuff and less work to achieve it. Sadly, this attitude infiltrated the church years ago with their "name it and claim it" teachings. No more are we taught to live lives that focus mainly on proclaiming the Gospel, it's all about what we deserve and how God should give it to us...the entitlement mentality is everywhere, church included.

Anonymous said...

Happy Father's Day Michael! May God continue to bless you and your family. You are such a blessing to us. Thank you for the timely teachings you share with us. We totally agree with you and pray daily that the Lord will continue to impart His wisdom to you. Blessings, Vicki

Anonymous said...

Brother Michael, thank you for this sobering message. Many of us who were born in the United States, age 65 and under, have been relatively insulated from the kinds of politically-engineered horrors that have plagued Romania and other parts of the world.

Until recently, the American populace seems to have been characterized by an attitude of proud invincibility, bringing to mind the spirit of Mystery Babylon from Revelation 18 verse 7: "For she saith in her heart, I sit as a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow." America, repent and humble yourself before it's too late! But I wonder if this nation has passed the point of no return. Michael, you are much better prepared for these perilous times than most of us Americans, and that's one reason I am a faithful reader of your blog and Hand of Help newsletter. We can learn a lot from you.

In Christ,

Melanie