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For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it? Luke 14:28

Consider two groups of people:  Givers and takers.

Each group has 100 people in it at the beginning of the experiment.  Further suppose an outside force, government, promises each taker that they, the government, will give them, the taker, $1.00 a year.  Consequently, the government will take $1.00 annually from a giver and give it to a taker.  It’s pretty simple, as long as nothing changes.

Outside the truth of God’s word, things change and change a great deal.

Now, one year later, there are 90 people in the giver group and 110 in the taker group.  Each taker is promised $1.00, but now each giver must give $1.22.

Two years later, there are 80 people in the giver group and 120 in the taker group.  Now is giver must give $1.50.

It is clear, this is not a good situation.  Nonetheless, this is exactly what is happening.  Proportionally, the number of “takers” is growing faster than the number of “givers”.  Consequently, the givers are giving more and more of their wealth to the takers.

The Biblical admonition is for man to “consider the cost”.  The principle is often applied to Christian discipleship but it certainly is not limited to that.  In fact, the context would lead us to understand that the principle is an economic one.

Since the Fall, man has sought his own way based on his sinful nature with tragic results.

 There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death. Proverbs 14:12