It seems that Solomon had it right in Ecclesiastes Chapter 1 verse 2—“…all is vanity.” And then in verse 9 he nails it —— “…and there is no new thing under the sun.” (KJV)
In the book by Jean-Marc Berthoud—“Pierre Viret A Forgotten Giant of the Reformation” 2010 we have the author (Berthoud) telling us what Pierre Viret (1511-1571) speaking as a Economist—-who is a man of God (being a Theologian and Pastor)—-thinks of the situation at the time. Listen carefully —most of this will be nothing but quoting Viret from the 1500’s—almost 500 years ago. Those time must have been similar to the times of today—for the words fit perfectly as today’s speech’s of
correction and admonishment to the government and the ruling class politicians .
Pierre Viret said—-as it appears in Berthoud’s book pg. 69-70
“If we look to God, we cannot doubt that man’s sin is the true, first, and principal cause of tyranny. But if we look to men, the cause is to be found in the flatterers and thieves who at court gather around princes. Such flatterers and thieves teach Princes to consider that their every wish is legitimate, and thus that the bodies and the goods of their subjects are freely at their disposition and pleasure, as so much cattle. They speak as if Princes had no obligations toward their subjects; as if they had never taken the oath to govern them for their good, or deal with them justly as good princes and faithful shepherds should do.”
A continuation of Pierre Viret pg. 71
Here Viret qualifies the evilness and sinful behavior has been going on—- “Since the beginning…”
“Since the beginning, this tyrannical system of universal taxation has never decreased but has rather constantly grown. For princes and nobility alike never consider the ordinary revenues and taxes at their disposal as a necessary limitation to their style of life, projects, and ambitions. Rather they only consider the fulfillment of the ambition they cherish, not examining whether their actual revenues are able to sustain such utopian dreams… To satisfy their excessive ambitions they then look to ways of increasing their taxes and revenues.”
Is this not what is happening at every level of government from the school district, to the small municipalities and cities, to county governments, to the state government and on up to the Federal Government—is it not?
Viret understood the consequences of those types of spending and direction taken by those in charge. Their personal, economic and political ambitions if not controlled, can only lead to, frustration, social unrest, escalating to hatred within the social fabric, in particularly the ruling class and finally will lead to revolution.
Theophraste, a Greek native of Eresos in Lesbos, was the successor to Aristotle in the Peripatetic school. He came to Athens at a young age and initially studied in Plato’s school. After Plato’s death, he attached himself to Aristotle.
This is what Thoephraste had to say about the types Viret describes above:
“Such rulers are little better than mere tax collectors…. they have no care for their own people, nor concern for the common and public good. They have no resect for the laws of the kingdom, for the correct policing of the society given to their charge, for justice or even for the safety of their kingdom. Their only preoccupation is that of drawing to themselves the wealth of the nation, for the satisfaction of their good pleasure and the enjoyment of sensual delights.”
So we see there is nothing new under the sun and the only question that remains is how do we make the corrections?
Well Viret gives us the answer——who finds his consolation in the conviction that a God who is just will in time inevitably exercise terrible and grievous vengeance on such egotistical and iniquitous rulers.
“…They should consider that their subjects are men like themselves, that all stand under the rule of the same God, Whose will in by no means that the big should eat the small, and that Kings and Princes be among their subjects like lions and wolves among sheep, or like a great fish who, in the sea, devours the small about them.”
Let me close with this: It is well past having a simple debate and trying to convince the progressives of some evilness that is within this monster. The monster has many heads—spending with debt—taxation without mercy or let up—-and finally consolidation of wealth forcing poverty to run rampant within the country. If the Godly people of the social order can not see this——then we are doomed and rightly deserve what we get.
We Shall See——Don’t you think??
May God have mercy on us.