What if the Parable of the Talents reflected the impact of modern government?
New International Version (NIV)
The Parable of the Bags of Gold14 “Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his wealth to them.
15 To one he gave five bags of gold, to another two bags, and to another one bag, each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey.
16 The man who had received five bags of gold went at once and put his money to work and gained five bags more.
17 So also, the one with two bags of gold gained two more.
18 But the man who had received one bag went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money.
19 “After a long time the Federal Government of those servants returned and settled accounts with them.
20 The man who had received five bags of gold brought the other five. ‘My master,’ he said, ‘entrusted me with five bags of gold. See, I have gained five more.’
21 “The Federal Government replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been fortunate with a few things; I will take five of your bags of gold and share your happiness!’
22 “The man with two bags of gold also came. ‘My master,’ he said, ‘entrusted me with two bags of gold; see, I have gained two more.’
23 “The Federal Government replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been fortunate with a few things; I will take one of your bags of gold and share your happiness!’
24 “Then the man who had received one bag of gold came. ‘My master,’ he said, ‘I knew him to be a hard man, harvesting where he had not sown and gathering where he had not scattered seed.
25 So I was afraid and went out and hid the gold in the ground.’
26 “The Federal Government replied, ‘You poor, unfortunate servant! Do you know that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed?
27 Well then, you should have put your trust with the Federal Government.
28 “‘So here's a bag of gold from him that had ten and another from him that had four. What's more I have taken more bags from your children who are too young to notice I have taken away their bags. Here, take all and worship at the seat of Government.
29 For whoever has, even what they have will be taken from them. Whoever does not have, will be given more and they will have an abundance.
30 And as for the children? Their future is darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’