Socialism is the view that the people, thru their government “own” the economic engines of society: the banks and businesses and factories and institutions that make money flow. One dictionary defines it this way: “a political and economic theory of social organizationthat advocates that the means of production,distribution, and exchange should be owned orregulated by the community as a whole.”
Whatever. All I know is that if the “community” in this definition means “the Congress”, the “Courts”, and the “Executive” branch… we’re doomed. I mean it. Doomed. I don’t care which party’s in office, that’s too much power for too few people.
The Bible’s view on socialism can be summed up in four words: YOU SHALL NOT STEAL. (Exodus 20:15). With that commandment, God enshrined the value of private property and delegated to the government the task of securing one’s property from seizure by anybody, including “the community.” Including the king.
But we should have seen this coming. The more we empower politicians, the more they fulfill Samuel’s warning:
And he said, “This will be the behavior of the king who will reign over you: He will take your sons and appoint them for his own chariots and to be his horsemen, and some will run before his chariots. “He will appoint captains over his thousands and captains over his fifties, will set some to plow his ground and reap his harvest, and some to make his weapons of war and equipment for his chariots. “He will take your daughters to be perfumers, cooks, and bakers. “And he will take the best of your fields, your vineyards, and your olive groves, and give them to his servants. “He will take a tenth of your grain and your vintage, and give it to his officers and servants. “And he will take your male servants, your female servants, your finest young men, and your donkeys, and put them to his work. “He will take a tenth of your sheep. And you will be his servants. “And you will cry out in that day because of your king whom you have chosen for yourselves, and the LORD will not hear you in that day.” Nevertheless the people refused to obey the voice of Samuel; and they said, “No, but we will have a king over us, (1 Samuel 8:11-19, NKJV).
Count the number of “takes” in that paragraph. That’s the nature of all politicians, and that’s why our founders gave us a supposedly severely limited government. Samuel advocated the same, but the people ignored him, and they suffered. Why? Because the people begged for a king, and a king they got. Yikes. Attention American People–quit begging for a king, okay? Quit for the sake of our kids and grandkids, if not for yourself.
Our addiction to “foreign oil” isn’t our problem. Our addiction to SOMEBODY ELSE’S MONEY is.
God help us. God forgive us. We treat the courts and the government like a gigantic lottery, and we keep voting for politicians in both parties who are all too ready to dole out somebody else’s cash.
And for every Christian who says… Shouldn’t we be generous and giving? Yes we should. Absolutely. But it is impossible for a government to be generous because it has no money of its own; only what it extracts by coercion from its citizens… and giving that away can’t be called “generosity” by any legitimate standard.
Unless generosity is voluntary, it isn’t generosity.
Socialism sounds good on paper for some (not for me), but it has an Achilles’ heel: it fails to account for the fallenness of human nature, and its “Me First” Prime Directive. Solzhenitzyn–a first hand victim of socialism–asked:
If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart?
So I say, quit asking for a king. And quit apologizing for property rights–and get your hand out of someone else’s wallet: God told us not to steal, remember?
I think it was Norman Vincent Peale who said, “Americans used to roar like lions for freedom; now they bleat like sheep for security.”
Oh… while I’m ranting, let’s clarify terms. The Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac “bailout” wasn’t a “bailout.” It was an EXPANSION. The very government run businesses that wrecked our economy were punished with… an unprecedented expansion.
And these are the very people we’re handing control of pretty much EVERYTHING to. God help us.
Expect a lot more “taking.”
There’s hope though… And only one hope:
“Now, therefore,” says the LORD, “Turn to Me with all your heart, With fasting, with weeping, and with mourning.” So rend your heart, and not your garments; Return to the LORD your God, For He is gracious and merciful, Slow to anger, and of great kindness; And He relents from doing harm. Who knows if He will turn and relent, And leave a blessing behind Him– A grain offering and a drink offering For the LORD your God? (Joel 2:12-14, NKJV).
America… Bless God… and love your neighbor enough not to steal his/her hard earned money.