Originally posted at Christian Post March 11, 2016.
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When I consider all the wars fought to protect America and a way of life that provides opportunity for any person with a good idea, I’m shocked by the rise of Senator Bernie Saunders as a socialist running for the American presidency. I read an article recently that noted, “For people under 30, socialism isn’t a scary word,” but shouldn’t it be? What does the Bible have to say about socialism?
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The fascination with socialism that has risen during this election season I believe comes in part from a lack of understanding of how it really works within a society. Considering the impact of different forms of government, it’s important to understand the fundamental issues of ownership and responsibility– and this is something that the Bible addresses directly. I’m not a fan of socialism or communism – and neither is the Bible.
Throughout the scripture, from the first pages of Genesis, God gives men and women resources for their use – for their good and the good of others. 1 Timothy 5:8 says, “Anyone who does not provide for their relatives, and especially for their own household, has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.” The responsibility was given to the individual, not delegated to the government.
Under Capitalism, people own their property and businesses and are mostly free to use them as they see fit. But in today’s politically correct environment a person’s use of his or her own property is often mocked as selfish or greedy. Sadly, too many educators today undermine the confidence of our young people in our country’s economic systems, insinuating that freedom to use the property isn’t “fair” to those without.
Under Socialism, people have limited ownership of property and businesses, which much operate under government control and regulation, and the government determines how all profits and property can be used. People who embrace the use of governmental power to suit their own social ends argue that this can create a kinder gentler society as government decides who gets what, all in the name of helping the less fortunate. This assumes that good-hearted people, i.e. the government, are seizing the assets of less worthy people to give to the more deserving. And it matters WHO gets to decide the definition of “deserving.” It sets up a system in which the government picks winners and losers, sometimes to gain the favor of voters.