THE PARABLE OF THE RICH FOOL (Lk.12: 16-21)
The parable was a sly way to illustrate a serious problem. Jesus used it to warn His people of the inherent danger of placing their trust in perishable things. The fool was a hoarder. He stored up substance for an easy life. He had no idea that he would be leaving it all to someone else. Thirty-seven years later, the Romans took what Israel had built to Rome. That was the third time Israel had labored or saved for others (Jer.50: 17). Will there be a fourth time?
The Prophet Amos was very direct. “Therefore, though you have built stone mansions, you will not live in them; though you have planted lush vineyards, you will not drink their wine” (5:11). The Prophet Micah had a similar warning. “You will plant but not harvest; you will press olives but not use the oil on yourselves, you will crush grapes but not drink the wine” (6: 15). Israel ended up with no sons and no heirs (Jer.49:1). “They will devour your harvests and food, devour your sons and daughters; they will devour your flocks and herds, devour your vines and fig trees. With the sword they will destroy your fortified cities in which you trust” (Jer.5:17). Just before the Babylonians came to take over what Israel had stored, Jeremiah cried out, “The harvest is past, the summer has ended, and we are not saved” (8: 20). Why did it all happen? Thanks to the false prophets. “They have lied about the Lord; they said, ‘He will do nothing! No harm will come to us; we will never see sword or famine. The prophets are but wind and the word is not in them; so let what they say be done to them'”(Jer.5:13). Now, can what happen to Israel in the past happen again and can it happen to North America? Who is playing the fool?
North America is the most livable and least populated continent on the planet. Thanks to the environmentalist and naturalist, it is the most unexplored part of the world. Three hundred and fifty million people have become dependents on foreign resources to exist. All the natural resources are kept undeveloped in storage for someone else to capitalize. Being dependent on others has become one step closer toward bankruptcy. Another step is a religious war on three fronts that saps this nation of her youth and more financial resource. The third step toward financial collapse is a government with a labor force this nation can no longer sustain. The fourth is a group of capitalists that unload their products on the people without paying their dues for the privilege of growing rich. Everything that is happening to this country indicates that the living standard will become equal to other nations with low standards. Instead of the equalization of wealth that so many fear, the opposite is already happening. For instance, I can no longer pay for my mortgage and taxes, who will benefit? Socialism via the brotherhood could oust the government; but, what will they use for income? The wealthy have already moved their money elsewhere.
The question is, what are our leaders up to? They are a puzzle. They talk about saving our children from having to pay their incurred debt; yet, they keep on endorsing more of the same. Then they act more accountable to foreigners and to a world union than to their own constituencies. They are very friendly with oil producers. When the crush occurs, they might find shelter under their wings. These producers, with their backers, will take over North America and turn our children into slaves. Our children will not pay any debt because our politicians have handed over the title of this land to their creditors. This is not a Fool’s Parable; this is reality.
The catastrophe, how far away is it? Jesus used a fig tree to illustrate its proximity (Mt.24: 32-35). “Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know summer is near. Even so when you see all these things, you know that it is near, right at the door. I tell you the truth; this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.” For a bird’s eye view, where this nation is being led, read The Parable of the Shrewd Manager and pay special attention to verse nine (Lk.16: 1-9). It discloses why some of our politicians have close ties with the rich. We, the people, look more and more like Lazarus (Lk.16: 19-31).