Monday, September 12, 2005

Christian (not) Socialist

The difference between a socialist and Christian is simple. A Christian is required to help people in need.

Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you (Luke 6:38).

Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need (Acts 2:45).

If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need
but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? (1 John 3:17).

A socialist helps people in need by getting the government to take money off other people to give to those in need.

Christian giving is voluntary and motivated by love.
Socialist transfers are compulsory and often motivated by envy.

The other difference is that socialists are doing it;
Christians are not.
The socialists are trying to help the poor,
Christians are building churches and buying suvs and ipods.

A democracy is unlikely to vote against socialism, because too many people are benefiting. However, socialism may collapse under its own inconsistencies. If that were to happen now, it would cause a great deal of suffering and sorrow.

I suspect that God will not allow that to happen, until his people are ready with a solution. So the ball is in our court. If we want to get rid of socialism, we need to get ready to provide a safety net for those who will collapse without socialism.

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