Just to let you know I didnt ignore your last response, I am actually stumped at how to respond. Know this, you presented arguments that made me read further on and led me down a rabbit hole.
Lets just say, I think you might be right about this, but it forced me to call into question about what scripture really says about all of this. I am feeling a bit stressed because my world view feels incomplete right now. What you say makes sense and so far I am having trouble finding a parallel to the Robin Hood story. I am looking at several passages and asking important questions:
- What are the general themes behind the Master-Servant relationship?
- Specifically Luke mentions that servants should obey their masters even if they are cruel. This bothers me and I want to know more. Why if we must love our neighbors, also be cruel to them if ordered to do so by our master?
- When do we cross the line from a master to a servant and vice versa?
- Can we serve a master as a servant even if the master is not a good man, and still serve God in our works? If servants are extensions of a masters will then what will do we have to serve God?
- If the state can draft us, command us, remove us from our posessions, collect its taxes, then is the State everybodies master?
- If the state can confiscate our property for not paying taxes, then do we really own the wealth in the first place?
- Jesus said to render to ceasar what is ceasars, but render to God what is His. Is he making a statement about paying your taxes and your tithes or does this mean something deeper? Is he making a broad statement that not only does earthly wealth not matter, but that it basically all belongs to the State/King anyway?
You might be thinking, what does this all have to do with Robin Hood? Well everything about the morality of a state that confiscates wealth and redistributes it in a helpful way. I don’t expect you to answer these questions, these are questions I must pray over and read on.