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March 31, 2011 Posted by | Bible Study, FYI, Politics | Leave a comment

Socialism

Socialism is a political system in which the means of producing and distributing goods is owned and determined by a centralized government that plans and controls the economy. Taken to it’s logical conclusion private property ceases to exist.

The concept of socialism sounds very attractive to many people, especially the poor.  But, what does the Bible have to say about such an idea?

John 12:1-6Six days before the Passover, Jesus arrived at Bethany, where Lazarus lived, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. Here a dinner was given in Jesus’ honor. Martha served, while Lazarus was among those reclining at the table with him. Then Mary took about a pint of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus’ feet and wiped his feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.

But one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, who was later to betray him, objected, “Why wasn’t this perfume sold and the money given to the poor? It was worth a year’s wages.” He did not say this because he cared about the poor but because he was a thief;

Why was Judas called a thief?  Isn’t helping the poor a good thing? Yes, helping the poor is a very good thing but did you notice HOW Judas wished to help? He wanted to TAKE something that belonged to someone else. Now if Judas wished to take his own property and sell it that would have been great but no;  he wanted to steal another person’s goods.  That’s basically what socialism is.  It is not charity and it definitely is not good Christian behavior.

Some would ask “But what if a person chooses to do that on his own? Well, if it’s by choice it isn’t socialism is it. When you take something that belongs to one person and redistribute it to others [even under the guise of helping them] it is theft and it is sinful.

Here’s an example:

Let’s say you are sitting in a cafeteria at work or school. You have one sandwich, the person to your right has two sandwiches and the person to you left has no sandwich. Socialism would dictate that you take one sandwich from the person to your right and give it to the person to your left. How would you feel about that if you were the person with two sandwiches? One of you sandwiches was stolen. You had no choice. It was not your decision. It was just taken from you.

When you rob Peter to pay Paul you will rarely hear a complaint from Paul.

February 22, 2011 Posted by | Politics | , , , , | Leave a comment