By TL Davis
The Lord said: “If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” Matthew 19:21
The Lord did not say: “If you want to be perfect, go, sell all of your neighbors things and give them to the poor.” He did not say: “Take everything from your neighbor, sell it and give it to the poor, then follow me.”
Charity is a personal thing; it requires personal sacrifice and a willingness to do so from one’s own heart, with conviction. Charity cannot be found when theft is the first act in the chain of events.
Socialist Christians also believe that Christianity should not be defended through force, with the aid of weapons. But, they willingly use the force of weapons of the state to take from citizens the wealth they have created through their labor, which the state will then use to distribute through government to people it considers worthy of charity, usually those who will submit to the state.
They forget, or rather refuse to recall, that Jesus was a rebel. Jesus rebelled against the rabbis of the day who had lost their way. When the government of the synagogue had become wicked it was Jesus who confronted them, who sacrificed everything to confront them. In that time it was the synagogue that sought sanction from the government to destroy Jesus, not because he sought to “get along” with sinners, or to placate the evils of the rabbis, but because he challenged their authority, which they had lost.
There are denominations today who seek to placate the evils of today’s society. There are denominations who seek to distance themselves from the Word in order to conform to a Godless society. Worse, they attack Christians who recognize that freedom to worship is worth fighting for; who understand that a society of liberty provides Christians the freedom to do the work of the Lord. Socialist societies permit religion so long as it serves the purpose of the state. Christianity serves only one master: God.
It is the duty of the Christian to protect the weak, to defend the children, to offer charity, to lead as many to salvation as possible. Often this requires only a dedication to the church; to Christ and to ask for guidance in the ways to achieve these goals. Yet, it might require more.
One is not in conflict with Christian values to fight to defend society from the evils of socialism and communism. While capitalism is not necessarily Christian, it does provide the individual wealth platform from which many, in fact, most Christian inspiration is drawn. It is the role of Christianity to ensure that the wealth created by capitalism is not wasted on the evils of pride, avarice, lust and gluttony. Christianity cannot be well-served by any other economic system.
It is a crime to rob Christians of their wealth and socialism seeks to do nothing else. Socialists seek to remove God from the state and replace Him with police; remove charity and replace it with programs, remove education and replace it with indoctrination. What other evils must be evident in order to recognize that socialism is anti-Christian and should be resisted at every turn, especially in the church?