President Obama and Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney have been battling back and forth about the meaning of President Obama’s words to small business owners: “You didn’t build it.” While the President and some Democrats state that Romney and the Republicans took him out of context, Romney & the Republicans insist that the President meant what he said, that Government built people’s businesses. My intentions are not to take a side in this debate, but to ask, “Who really should be credited with the building of our lives (whether in business, family, physical or spiritual)?”
The issue in question in this debate is “who deserves the credit for our ‘success’?” Is it the government? Is it the small business owner? Is it friends and family? Is it the customers? Who?
In looking at this debate, why would we even leave out God, who ordains our steps, who gives mercy and grants success/victory and oversees failures/defeat, who causes nations (& businesses) to rise and to fall, who places kings on their thrones and removes them based on His will? To give credit solely to the small business owners would be to ignore God and would resort to pride of the owner (I built that by myself!). To give credit fully to Government would be to ignore God’s hand of providence and control (You couldn’t do it without me (that is, Gov’t)!).
Psalm 127:1-2 says, “Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city,the guards stand watch in vain. 2 In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat for he grants sleep to those he loves.”
As we look at such debates and conflicts of “who takes the credit,” we must always look to the Scriptures to discern truth from opinion. Builders (small business owners / mothers & fathers, etc.) build and put forth their efforts to do so. These builders are subject to the laws / taxes of their states where God has placed them and who allow businesses to receive government grants. It is God who knows the steps of business owners. It is God who places them where they are. It is God who gives them the health, the knowledge, and the skills to build. It is God who grants success.
Let us not be so quick to give credit where it is undue or take credit where it is undeserved. This is all in vain. But let us together give full credit and glory to God who builds the home, the business, and our lives and be grateful to Him for all that He has provided for us. Certainly, He deserves the credit.