Is God Really Robin Hood?

Jan 26


Duke Clarke

Duke Clarke

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Today people are talking about God as if He were Robin Hood, blessing them by taking from the rich and giving to them--the poor. Is that really true?


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You remember the old Robin Hood theme don't you,Is God Really Robin Hood? Articles "Steal for the Rich and give to the Poor"? So is that what God is doing with today's economy?

Twenty-two years ago I stood in a music store that was going out of business. For forty years this family owned business had been running in that little town and now it was time to close the doors.

It was a mad house. This was an old fashion music store with vinyl records, sheet music, guitars, organs, pianos and piano lessons and even some accordions. The buzz in the store was almost giddy and I saw a few older women grabbing handfuls of Christian sheet music and albums then rushing to the register paying 10 or maybe 25 cents on the dollar while asking for even more discounts on volume.

"Isn't God good!" one lady said cheerfully to the other. "We are a poor church you know and now look at the deal God has given, usHe really takes care of the righteous doesn't He?" Her friend totally agreed. In fact it appeared that everyone in the store agreed. The frenzy was like that scene from the nature channel when some poor unsuspecting animal tries to cross a stream filled with Piranha and half way across the feeding madness begins. This 40 year old business was like that helpless animal being picked to the bone.

But, hey, it's capitalism, right? Only the strong survive. I certainly would rather have heard that, then the comment that God was somehow now benefiting so many poor Christians with the sale of this business. But wait, doesn't it say in the scriptures that God will take the riches from the unrighteous and give it to the righteous? That the ungodly may prosperous for awhile but in the end God will balance it outright?

So was God acting like Robin Hood and taking from the rich and giving to the poor? That seems to be what people are saying today when they can buy what used to be a 500K home for 100K and then the prayers flow to God for all the blessings finally being poured out to the righteous.

The only problem is I knew the owners of that 40 year old Music Store. It was my wife's parents, my father-in-law and my mother-in-law so I know they were not the ungodly or those nasty unrighteous wealthy business mongers that everyone hates so easily. The only mistake they made was staying too long in a Mall that no longer wanted Mom and Pop stores.

I'm glad that in today's hard hit economy some people are benefiting, that some homes and cars and other items out of reach to many are now in their grasp and I really don't have a problem with them thanking God for their good fortune. But please don't make the mistake of thinking that God is Robin Hood and while those prayers and praises are heaven bound, perhaps some prayers could be offered for those who lost their dreams on the other end and are having to move on.

Yes, there are those that over-extended themselves, but like my In-laws, just maybe there are those who simply made a mistake. I know everyone wants a deal and most Christians are quick to point their stewardship responsibility to make the best deal. All of that is well and good; just remember that in the family of God all His children count so while it is right to thank God for our good fortune, let's at least leave it at that or perhaps even better, pray for the good fortune of all.

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