Archive for September, 2012

Does the Bible Promote Socialism – Part 4

by Providence Crowder

So How then Can Government Help?

President Abraham Lincoln declared: “The legitimate object of Government is to do for a community of people whatever they need to have done but cannot do at all, or cannot so well do for themselves in their separate and individual capacities.  But in all that people can individually do as well for themselves, Government ought not to interfere.”

To further minimize the dependency on and scope of government, peoples, communities, churches, and organizations throughout the ages have often voluntarily “done for others” what others could not do for themselves.  In America and Europe, organizations such as the YMCA, the YWCA, and the Salvation Army were Christian initiatives established to, as Gonzalez has said, “reach the impoverished and unchurched masses.”  Ordinary people saw a need and responded.  The United Way and the American Red Cross were also developed to aid those in need.  Voluntary contributions have allowed them to successfully aid millions.  (more…)

Does the Bible Promote Socialism – Part 3

by Providence Crowder

Government “Charity”

The Apostle Paul said, “Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, who give their full time to governing” (Rom. 13:1, 6).  Taxes do serve their purpose and through paying them, governments may properly function in governing.

Taxation in America was never meant to redistribute the wealth of its citizens.  Taxpayer payments to the poor is a recent phenomenon in American history.  For over 100 years, the citizens of this nation saved, invested, spent, and donated their own earnings as they deemed necessary to sustain themselves, their families, and their communities.  And because of it, America became and is now the wealthiest and most generous nation on earth.  Yet, the communist and socialist practices that has plagued most of the world have taken root in America and threaten to undermine the freedoms that were established by those who came before us, and those who fought and died to keep us prosperous and  free. (more…)

Does the Bible Promote Socialism – Part 2

by Providence Crowder

Wealth is Not Evil

The Bible indicated that certain believers had been entrusted with riches (Abraham, Joseph, David, Solomon, Job, etc.) and others had lived in poverty.  Although Christ encouraged the idea of community and admonished believers to care for the poor, He never guaranteed any man an income, poor or otherwise, nor did He rectify inequalities in material wealth (see the parable of the talents Matt. 25:14-30).  In the book of Luke, a man from the crowd asked Christ to make his brother share his wealth with him.  The man demanded, ‘“Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.’  But Jesus said to him, ‘Man, who made Me a judge or an arbitrator over you?’  And He said to them, ‘Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses’” (Lk. 12:13-14).  (more…)

Does the Bible Promote Socialism – Part 1

by Providence Crowder

Was Jesus a Socialist?

Many people question whether or not Jesus of Nazareth promoted and supported the ideas of a socialist government.  That question can be emphatically answered no.   Socialism can be defined as “an economic theory or system in which the means of production, distribution, and exchange are owned by the community collectively, usually through the state.  It is characterized by production for use rather than profit, by equality of individual wealth, by the absence of competitive economic activity, and, usually, by government determination of investment, prices, and production levels” (World English Dictionary).  By this definition, Jesus can be said to espouse some socialist views, but he does so only within the confines of His Church, not secular government.  Out of love for God and fellow man, Christ taught His followers to voluntarily and charitably give of their possessions to care for and respond to the needs of the most vulnerable in society; the sick, elderly, poor, widow, and orphan. (more…)

Christians, Let’s Talk. Is Socialism/Communism a Better Way?

by Providence Crowder

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said in a sermon:  “Communism and Christianity are fundamentally incompatible.  A true Christian cannot be a true Communist, for the two philosophies are antithetical and all the dialectics of the logicians cannot reconcile them.”

He goes on to say, “Yet, something in the spirit and threat of Communism challenges us.  The late Archbishop of Canterbury, William Temple, referred to Communism as a Christian heresy.  He meant that Communism had laid hold on certain truths that are essential parts of the Christian view of things, although bound to them are theories and practices that no Christian could ever accept.”  (more…)