“You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it.”
It’s a common sense answer to those who would take what you have earned and dictate that it be handed to someone who did not. It is but one of many quotes recorded during a celebrated 50 years of ministry by the late Dr. Adrian Pierce Rogers who served an unprecedented three terms as president of the Southern Baptist Convention, the world’s largest Protestant denomination.
He had the ear of five different Presidents of the United States and as an active participant in a national leadership position he often personally consulted with each of them.
The author of 18 books, Rogers also edited another 49 published booklets, 18 of them in Spanish. Today, nearly four years after his death in November 2005, the “Love Worth Finding” ministry he founded can still be seen every week on more than 14,000 television outlets around the world and heard on about 2000 radio stations. He retired as pastor of the 29,000 member Bellevue Baptist Church in Cordova, Tennessee only months before he was overtaken by cancer and pneumonia.
Former President George H.W. Bush said of his friend, “…a great man with a lot of influence and a lot of wisdom…”
There’s a whole two volume work surrounding quotes from Rogers called “Adrianisms: The Wit and Wisdom of Adrian Rogers,” but some seem somehow altogether entirely worthy of remembering in view of what is happening in front of our eyes.
Can you recall anything in contemporary United States government to which the following 1984 Adrianism might apply in 2009?
“You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity by legislating the wealthy out of prosperity. 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 beginning of the end of any nation.”
As for the on-going Town Hall meetings in which thousands of citizens, many of them quite frustrated with currently proposed government programs seek to confront their elected representatives, Adrian Rogers might well have endorsed such speaking out. Long before the current uproar he said, “It’s what you sow that multiplies, not what’s kept in the barn.”
And this quote might be applicable to those members of Congress who seem unwilling to listen, “Just because it doesn’t make sense to you doesn’t mean it doesn’t make sense.”