LIBERALS FAVOR NET NEUTRALITY. BUT SOME CHRISTIANS AND CONSERVATIVES DO, TOO, EVEN THOUGH THEY SHOULDN’T. HERE’S WHY…
The chairman of Trump’s FCC, Ajit Pai, recently wrote a good editorial for the Wall Street Journal: “How the FCC Can Save the Open Internet.”
The FCC plans to vote on gutting the regulations in December. Except, the whole Internet is now up in arms. Google, Facebook, and Apple want the government regulations to stay (“Save net neutrality.”). Comcast and Verizon, the Internet service providers, want them to go.
The Bible can clear this mess up for us rather quickly.
A TIMELESS PARABLE
esus told a famous parable about private property, known as the workers in the vineyard (Mat. 20:1-16). The Jewish leaders of his day did not like it. I think many people today still do not like it.
In it, the master of the house hires a series of workers throughout the day. He pays the workers who start at the beginning of the day the same wage as those who he hires at the end of the day. Then, as the day ends, and payment time comes, those who worked all day for the same amount of money become indignant.
But Jesus was prepared with a response:
But he replied to one of them, ‘Friend, I am doing you no wrong. Did you not agree with me for a denarius? Take what belongs to you and go. I choose to give to this last worker as I give to you. Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me? Or do you begrudge my generosity?’
Those last two sentences are probably one of the Bible’s strongest arguments in favor of private property: Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me?