I was reading this today and the thought that it is very relevant to how austerity is being handled in the UK.
Nathan Rebukes David
12 So the Lord sent Nathan the prophet to tell David this story: “There were two men in a certain town. One was rich, and one was poor. 2 The rich man owned a great many sheep and cattle. 3 The poor man owned nothing but one little lamb he had bought. He raised that little lamb, and it grew up with his children. It ate from the man’s own plate and drank from his cup. He cuddled it in his arms like a baby daughter. 4 One day a guest arrived at the home of the rich man. But instead of killing an animal from his own flock or herd, he took the poor man’s lamb and killed it and prepared it for his guest.”
5 David was furious. “As surely as the Lord lives,” he vowed, “any man who would do such a thing deserves to die! 6 He must repay four lambs to the poor man for the one he stole and for having no pity.” 2 Samuel 12 (NLT)
It does seem to me that our government, many members of which claim to be Christian or to support Christian values, would do well to reflect on this rebuke to David. This also applies to quite a few of our companies as well.
Taking from others poorer than you when you have much much more than them is wrong. David saw it as so and ended up repenting of his actions.