Ahab, Theft, and Democracy

When individuals take advantage of democracy, by neglecting individual Constitutional rights and confiscating the earned wealth of their fellow man through majority vote, they are no different in principle from Israel’s evil king Ahab, whose reign is discussed in the book of First Kings. In the twenty-first chapter of that book, we have the story of Naboth, an innocent owner of a vineyard. This vineyard was in sight of the palace of the king Ahab, who coveted after it for his own benefit.

When Naboth refused to sell it to the king, because this property was the inheritance of his children, the king was livid. His wife, Jezebel, caught wind of the situation and decided to intervene. She hired false accusers who claimed that they had heard Naboth cursing God and the king. So the judges took him outside the city and stoned him to death, as required by Biblical law. Then the king went and confiscated the property of Naboth. It was for this that the Lord destroyed the house of Ahab and Jezebel. Ahab had been a corrupt king from the beginning, and he had defied God at almost every opportunity, but it was this sin which led to his eventual destruction (1 Kings 21:17-19).

Socialists, take note. Defenders of the graduated income tax, take note. Defenders of redistributing wealth through majority vote, take note. In your lust to confiscate other people’s property, you have become false accusers of millions of your fellow citizens, whose only crime is consumer-satisfying productivity. Sick and tired of this economy? Blame the corporatism you confuse for capitalism. Blame your ever-expanding government who has crawled in bed with the banksters and multinational corporations. Don’t blame the hard workers, the entrepreneurs, the doctors, or the professors.

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