Here is my offense: I pay my own bills.
I was just following my Father's instructions. When I became an adult, he told me to get a job and pay my own bills. He told me that any job was better than no job, because I must pay my own bills. I thought first that I should do so to be pleasing to him, but in the end I just believed him. It seemed to me like the right thing to do: work, and pay my bills. Besides, I like to work. It is satisfying to be productive, and produce something that other people find to be of some value. Furthermore, I've discovered that I was able to purchase (with the proceeds from my work) things that others had produced, and so I haven't had to be engaged in producing everything I need myself. And, by God's grace and mercy, my bills have gotten paid. The real joy has come when I discovered I had enough left over that I could just give it to others out of love.
I'm not trying to shift blame to my Father or anyone else. I take full responsibility for my own actions. It is nobody's else's fault. I have to admit I've been working on behalf of and paying the bills for my wife and child as well. Sometimes I work more than 8 hours a day to do this. I've been told that I'm being greedy and irresponsible for doing this, and yet I've continued to do it anyway.
The current penalty for my offense is that I'm going to be fined by the federal government for paying my own bills. If I don't have the money to pay both my bills and the fines, and I choose to first pay my bills, I suppose the federal government will come and take my property, and sell or give it to someone more deserving than I. After they've appropriated all my property, I suppose they'll take my person as well, and completely remove my abillity to work, pay my bills, or pay the fine for the first two.
There are some who think it is wicked and perverse that the federal government would want to make it illegal for me to pay my own bills. My only response might be that they already have made it illegal. I only find it a passing curiousity that the power elites, some located in Washington, D.C., say that they want to make the cost of things lower by making me pay more for it in the way of fines and criminal conduct.
Really, isn't health care already expensive enough that I'm now going to have to pay fines for purchasing it? If I have one of those years when I don't need any health care assistance, and I'm not fined for purchasing it, I'm still going to be fined. The fine is actually for the crime of not paying someone else to pay my own bills, whether I have any bills or not. The premise on which the idea is built could very well be called criminal insanity. Others call it insurance.
Exactly everything else I buy or don't buy will be sure to follow. Well, I decided long ago I'd rather starve to death than steal what I need from someone else. At least my Father will be proud, I hope. One thing is for sure, and that's God's Word. He promises that I and my family will be well taken care of:
But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Phillipians 4:18