"Out of every dollar that I earn, how much do you think I deserve to keep?" was for me the most interesting question asked at last week's TEA Party Express debate.
Conservative blog "Hot Air" posted this interesting answer:
"If any of us doesn’t deserve to keep everything he has earned, then that man is a slave. Alternatively, he is less than human; he has no moral standing, and no unalienable rights inhere in him.
The question of what we “deserve” boils down to which came first, the individual human with rights, or the state. America was founded on the principle that the individual human with rights comes first."
And yet, Jesus' view of the matter seemed different in Mark 12:17:
"Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's."
Nothing in Jesus' words about deserving to keep anything for ourselves.
All that we have and are is a gift from a loving Creator. In response, we too love and share with others - but the sharing must be voluntary, or Hot Air's point applies.