My heart broke recently when I read the assertion of woman who asserted her Christianity and her Socialism at the same time. Which betrays the fact that either she does not understand Christianity, or she does not understand socialism, but in reality the two are fundamentally as incompatible as harlotry and holiness.
While I was watching the news report on the Occupy Wall Street movement, a movement I haven’t been able to pay much attention to, I saw several of the signs of the protesters marching in chaos and foaming at the mouth, calling for the death of captitalsim, and the redistribution of wealth. As an American, such a sight made my blood boil, my stomach churn, and my flesh fill with heated anger at the audacity, insanity, depravity, and sheer stupidity of such a cowardly movement.
As a Christian, my heart was convicted, and broken because of the sea of lostness, spiritual blindness, and terrifying cluelessness. While my flesh skyrockets with anger, my heart plummets with pity trying to take it all in and process the problem of the conflict.
As an American, there are certain things that are so dumbfounding I cannot find words to describe how incredible the state of our nation has become. In the 1950’s, socialism was considered treasonous, in the 1980’s blasphemous, but in the 1990’s it became studious, and now by many it is considered virtuous; and while I never would have thought it before, but unless something changes, it appears headed to be victorious. What was once considered criminal treason, is now welcomed as legitimate reason.
Socialists have taken the first amendment and have twisted it into something unacceptable to the intentions of the founders. While the first amendment guarantees the right to dissent, it doesn’t give a micro sliver of permission, or right to destroy. Socialism is traitorous to the purpose of our nation and treason is a criminal act, not free dissent.
Now that being said, as a Christian, socialism is as much a sin, as adultery, idolatry, and outright thievery. It is incompatible with the economy of God; because it is legislative thievery.
The essential issue with socialism is it’s devilish perversion of compassion. The socialist idea has hijacked the concept of true compassion, ripped it from the pages of divine intention, and repackaged it in a way that bypasses the boundaries of righteous truth, and pulls at the nerves of sympathy. Socialism reaches for the heart of compassion, at the expense of divine truth.
When we pull back the “economic” curtain of socialism, what we find is outright theft. As my favorite preacher used to say, “it requires one man to work for something without getting it, so another man can get something without working for it.” There is a fundamental lie that exists that who knows where it came from; it is the lie that all men should have all things equal. That principle is never taught in scripture, never formulated from the foundation of anything holy, and is a fictitious moral that men have made up. Socialism focuses in on one real kind of problem, and twists it and abuses it into something that is made up in the mind of man. That problem is what should society do with those who cannot provide for themselves.
That is legitimate question, with a legitimate answer, and socialism is an eternity away from it.
First, there is a difference between those who cannot provide for themselves, and those who will not provide for themselves. Those who cannot provide for themselves should be cared for by a voluntary society.
Second, socialism punishes success, and offers reward without achievement. Essentially what the socialist wants is the elimination of the necessity for achievement in life.
Capitalism, and God’s economy requires achievement for reward or wealth. Socialism eliminates achievement and offers wealth anyway. That being said, the socialist government steals from one man what he has achieved, to give to another man who has not achieved the same. (Which is ironic. – They tout survival of the fittest in evolution, but hate it in economy.) Somewhere, someone has conjured up an imaginary moral that says it is wrong for one man be able to sell more widgets than another man. There are no moral obligations anywhere to ensure comfortable outcomes for everyone.
No government has the right to take the fruit of one man’s labour, and give it to another man, just because life’s not fair. God’s not fair. He never said He would be. For illustration purposes, if the NFL were governed by socialist principles, every time one team scored a touchdown, they would have to give the other team 4 of their points. Socialism is about guaranteeing “outcomes” rather than “opportunities.”
Now the next question that someone asks, as did Wolf Blitzer recently, “What should happen to someone who cannot afford life saving surgery, is it not societies responsibility to respond?” Blitzer asked, “should you let him just die?” Of course some idiot out in the crowd cried yes. The answer to the problem is in Blitzer’s question; “is it not societies reponsibility to respond?” I say, and the Bible teaches emphatically, YES! It is societies responsibility to respond . . . but not the government.
Society and government are not the same. What socialism does is take the moral responsibilities of citizens, and try to make them legal obligations of the government. Society should never let one another down; however the government has no right to make a man do legally what he should do voluntarily. The law is intended to restrain evil, not to enforce good. For example, there is no law that says you have to like me, so there are laws that say you cannot hurt me. The socialist wants to skirt his personal responsibility to help his neighbor, by tasking the government to just steal from those who have achievements to he doesn’t have to help his neighbor. When the socialist sees a need he wants the government to forcibly take from the achiever and meet that need, so that he doesn’t have to spend his own money to meet that need. Which is anothe irony to me. Socialists are liberal and want everyone’s needs met; yet they are the stingiest bunch of people when it comes to giving charity. See any legitimate charitable giving statistics for the last 40 years. They steal what they do not earn, to meet someone elses need they don’t want to pay for.
Socialism eliminates freedom. As the slogan goes, “A government big enough to provide all your needs, is big enough to take all you have.”
Socialism is a sinful approach to a legitimate problem much like other sins in the Bible. Sometimes a man steals food because he is legitimately hungry. When a man commits adultery, in some perverted way he is trying to deal with his own problem.
The Bible is very plain. People who will not work, should not eat. Men are to help their neighbors in times of need; voluntarily. The government has no real ability or authority to make sure men can “live well” without necessary achievement. It is true that where much is given, much is required. Required by God, but not enforced by man. It is true that the wealthy should be more sharing with their blessings. In fact those that know the Lord really are. Socialism is not the answer for American greed. Jesus is. Christians must be more discerning before they start lining up systems of thought that run contrary to the Word of God. Doing so is a critical change in need of making.