Like you, I receive a substantial number of e-mails daily, and frequently I check their authenticity on Snopes.com, which I did with one containing the name Adrian Rogers. This inquiry lead me to several very interesting articles about the late Adrian Rogers (1931-2005), who was one of several iconic former pastors of the Bellevue Baptist Church in Memphis.
Art Carden, who along with his wife were members of that church, stated that Rogers had a wonderful ability to state complex principles in clear, concise, vivid language. Following is one of Rogers’ statements addressing the fact that there is no free lunch.
“You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend is the end of any nation. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it.”
Here is another quote from one of Rogers’ books, Ten Secrets for a Successful Family: A Perfect 10 for Homes that Win, “Let me say a word here that may sound political. I hope not, because I believe it’s moral and biblical. You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the industrious out of it. You don’t multiply wealth by dividing it. Government cannot give anything to anybody that it doesn’t first take from somebody else.”
“Whenever somebody receives something without working for it, somebody else has to work for it without receiving. The worst thing that can happen to a nation is for half of the people to get the idea they don’t have to work because somebody else will work for them, and the other half to get the idea that it does no good to work because they don’t get to enjoy the fruit of their labor.”
All of this was verified on The Independent Institute’s blog site titled The Beacon.
One wonders if our President Barack Hussein Obama with his vast educational background ever read or even heard of Pastor Adrian Rogers. Obviously the guys who write Obama’s speeches do not buy the Pastor’s theories either, but I believe the vast majority of the American voters support Rogers’ logic.