Goshen News, Goshen, IN

November 1, 2012

Those who provide jobs deserve to be rich

— A New Testament story tells about a rich young man who asked what he needed to do to be assured eternal bliss. He was told to dispose of all his possessions and give the money to the poor.

Fortunately, he did not do so. Had he done so, he would have had to lay off all of his servants and they too would have joined the ranks of the unemployed and would also have become poor. Had the rich man given everything away, he also would have become poor. The net result would have been that a number of the poor may have had a few meals, but then would have remained poor.

We can be thankful for men like Henry Ford, Harvey Firestone, Walter P. Chrysler and Andrew Carnegie. These men created jobs for thousands and signed many pay checks.  In doing so, they became rich, which was their just reward. The American enterprise system is built by the rich, providing jobs for many. They should be encouraged, rather than hindered and ridiculed.

There are those among us who have no concept as to how our free enterprise system works. I am thankful for rich people. I wish there were more of them.  

For the Scripture says, “Thou shalt not muzzle the ox that treads out the corn.” I Timothy 5:18.

— John Stalter