“When you sit down to dine with a ruler, consider carefully what is before you,and put a knife to your throat if you are a man of great appetite. Do not desire his delicacies, FOR IT IS DECEPTIVE FOOD. Do not wear yourself to gain wealth. Cease from your consideration of it. When you set your eyes on it, it is gone, For wealth certainly makes itself wings Like an eagle that flies toward the heavens. Do not eat the bread of a selfish man or desire his delicacies, For as he thinks within himself so he is. He says to you “Eat and drink!” But his heart is not with you. You will vomit up the morsel you have eaten and waste your compliments. Do not speak in the hearing of a fool, for he will despise the wisdom of your words. Do not move the ANCIENT BOUNDARY or go into the fields of the fatherless, For their Redeemer is strong; He will plead their case against you. Apply your heart to discipline and your ears to words of knowledge.” Proverbs 23:1-12
Most of us will not have the opportunity to sit and dine with the President. Does that mean that this scripture does not apply to us? What does it mean to us in 2016? As we ponder our choices for the upcoming election, let us consider these verses. Although we may not sit down to eat with either candidate, we are having fellowship with his or her ideologically when we post and converse with those who are like minded or dissonant with our core beliefs.
We do not even let a day slip by that we don’t in some way express our concern for our country. As I’m reading the Proverb of the day, Proverb 23, on October 23rd, I’m thinking about how this scripture applies to the United States of America. Does the “ruler” that you plan to support seem to say “eat and drink” while their heart is not with you? Does your candidate move ancient boundaries? Do they make promises for more free programs? Do you desire his or her free delicacies? In other words, are you hoping for a handout from the next candidate? Because basically, that is what this proverb is about. If you are desiring the “delicacies” of a free lunch, or a paid way from the government, or free college for everyone, DON’T BUY INTO IT!! Because if you do, the next verse says you may as well not even try to get wealthy!! You will work and weary yourself and look up and the money will be gone. Before today, I had not noticed how these scriptures work in conjunction with each other and are tied together. The scripture does not say that if you work hard, and look to GOD to meet you needs and pursue diligently to further your career or business that you will lose all your money. This scripture, in context, refers to a person who is looking to the ruler, to man, and, yes, to the government to provide for them. THAT person will find that his riches will take wings and fly toward the heavens. Do not eat the bread of a selfish man. Why is the Proverb calling this person a selfish man? Perhaps the selfish ruler appeals to the selfishness of the ruled. The selfish man says to you “eat and drink” but his heart is not with you! It does not matter to this ruler if you do get a free lunch, (or a free ride to college for that matter). This person does not care that there will not be enough money to pay it back! Why? Because this Potential wants to remove the ancient boundary that makes this country.
“The progressive accumulation of debt… ultimately endangers all governments. No pecuniary (monetary) consideration is more urgent than the regular redemption and discharge of the public debt.” President George Washington *
“I am for ….applying all the possible savings of the public revenue to the discharge of the national debt. but if the debt should once more be swelled to a formidable size, its entire discharge will be despaired of and we shall be committed to the English career of debt, corruption, and rottenness, closing with revolution. The discharge of the debt, therefore, is vital to the destinies of our government.” President Thomas Jefferson *
“The Founders understood that “the borrower becomes the lenders slave” —that debt destroys freedom and prosperity and produces taxation, servitude and oppression.” Never before has it been so frighteningly clear. America can no longer afford to mortgage its future.The American government (and its voters) as well as every individual citizen, should not only heed the Biblical advice to avoid debt by limiting spending, but keep this principle in mind while voting. The Founding Fathers knew that debt was an enemy to be shunned. We would be wise to do everything in our power to eliminate it both on a personal level and nationally, lest debt completely overthrow what liberty we have left. *
In other words, someone will have to give up freedom for all the freebies. When the debt is called, a selfish ruler does not care about the ancient boundaries nor do they hesitate to take the field of the fatherless. Instead of casting our vote in favor of desires for the “free” delicacies, let us remember that “there’s no such thing as a free lunch.” and food for thought: Let us not be like Esau who gave away his birthright for a pot of porridge. (Genesis 25)
*Includes Quotes from The Founders Bible on page 980