My Passionate Argument Against Socialism!

Happy Tuesday!

Emily and I spent the night in Moorefield, West Virginia… attended Victory in the Valley, hosted by my dear friends, Pastor Chris & Sarah Whetzel of Believers Victory Center. There is only one more night left: TONIGHT @ 7pm. My friend Evangelist Gerald Mayhan will be speaking… last night was UNBELIEVABLE! If you’re close, you should plan to be here! Eighteen people have come to Christ in the first two nights, tonight should be the best night yet!

My Passionate Argument Against Socialism

In yesterdays blog: Socialism, Phase One Rammed Into Our Throats, I wrote of my concern about the growing American  political ignorance, and about how fast we seem to be moving toward a socialistic belief system. After interacting with several guest commenters, primarily on my facebook wall… I’m left in shock today, over how much worse this is than I initially thought it to be.

Before anyone gives me a hard time for writing two consecutive political blogs, please consider the long-term anti-Christian implications of a socialistic society. Already, we have felt the gradual encroachment of government over our faith. Even with a LIMITED government, Christians have suffered tremendous oppression in recent years… through the anti-Christian liberal movement.

So, to me… the debate between capitalism and socialism is more than an ECONOMIC debate. So much more! Anything that calls for more government control is a huge threat to the enduring beauty of this nation… and is a violation to our constitution.

The terms, “Socialism” and “Capitalism” are economic terms. They describe two very opposite economic systems.

  • Capitalism is… (Merriam Webster)
    • An economic system characterized by private or corporate ownership of capital goods, by investments that are determined by private decision, and by prices, production, and the distribution of goods that are determined mainly by competition in a free market.
  • Socialism is… (Merriam Webster)
    • 1. any of various economic and political theories advocating collective or governmental ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods
    • 2. a system of society or group living in which there is no private property b: a system or condition of society in which the means of production are owned and controlled by the state
    • 3. a stage of society in Marxist theory transitional between capitalism and communism and distinguished by unequal distribution of goods and pay according to work done.

From an economic perspective: I would rather freedom be in the hands of EVERY person and ANY person… the freedom to become ANYTHING God has for our lives, without limits… than to yield this power into the hands of our GOVERNMENT.

In this capitalistic society, I have been at the bottom, and at the top… and everywhere in between. In the times of my suffering, I never once wished my government would take from the rich and give some of it to me. I’ve always LOVED knowing that I could fly as high as I could dream.

In a socialistic society, the hard worker’s riches are taken by force (stealing, defined)… and given as the lazy person’s REWARD.

Whereas, I do strongly believe in helping the handicapped and offering our money by FREE WILL to create opportunity for EVERY person to climb. I believe it is one of our primary Christian duties to take care of the unfortunate people in our society… this is supposed to be done by our own free will, and never under compulsion.

2 Corinthians 9:7 Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

And we are never supposed to reward the lazy person. Personally, I have been poor. I have struggled. And I would rather continue to struggle, than live on the monies my government takes from the rich to throw at me.

In 2 Thessalonians 3:10-15, The Apostle Paul said, For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: “If a man will not work, he shall not eat.” We hear that some among you are idle. They are not busy; they are busybodies. Such people we command and urge in the Lord Jesus Christ to settle down and earn the bread they eat. And as for you, brothers, never tire of doing what is right. If anyone does not obey our instruction in this letter, take special note of him. Do not associate with him, in order that he may feel ashamed. 15Yet do not regard him as an enemy, but warn him as a brother.”

This is the way it has been since the beginning of time… look at Abraham–the richest guy in the earth of his day. God never condemned him for being rich. In fact, I don’t see God ever condemning anyone for being rich. He only condemns doing the wrong things with our riches.
I love living in a society where I have the fear of starving when I don’t work hard to pull my load. If I don’t work and I don’t fight hard to figure out how to succeed, then I should NOT succeed.
While it’s no fun being at the bottom… it’s no fun being broke, Socialism is not the answer. FREEDOM should ALWAYS be our “human right”!
There is so much more I’d love to say… and I’m out of time for this morning! Thanks for listening! Just finished praying for you all!
Dream Big, Live Bold, and Make the Difference!
Chuck

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5 thoughts on “My Passionate Argument Against Socialism!

  1. I'm of the belief that pastors should preach on political issues as they relate to the Word of God. Of course, this needs to be done without turning the church into a Political Action Committee. The Word of God has much to say on politics, economics, and the proper role of civil government. If we are to be bearers of the whole counsel of God, we cannot ignore what the Scriptures say on these subjects for fear of offending people. John the Baptist got political, and it cost him his head. Yet today we are afraid of losing our "tax exempt status".

    The most important aspect of the discussion between capitalism vs. socialism (It's hard for me to fathom that we've come to a point where is even a need for such a discussion here in America, but…) is that capitalism is demanded by the Word of God, whereas socialism is a false religion from Hell.

    ■The Bible honors the absolute supremacy of Christ (Acts 2:36), Socialism honors the absolute supremacy of Caesar (John 19:15).

    ■The Bible honors private property rights (Exodus 20:15 & 17), Socialism honors the rights of other people to your property.

    ■The Bible forbids coveteousness, Socialism is based upon coveteousness.

    ■The Bible honors charity (Proverbs 19:17), Socialism honors coveteousness disguised as charity (John 12:1-8).

    ■The Bible honors work (Proverbs 12:24), Socialism rewards laziness (2 Thessalonians 3:10).

    ■The Bible demands just currency (Leviticus 19:36), Socialism demands state-controlled fiat (and inflatable) currency.

    ■The Bible demands wages to be paid for labor (Luke 10:7), Socialism demands that such wages be distributed equally among all.

    ■The Bible teaches dominion and prudence, Socialism destroys both production and incentive.

  2. Great blog pastor Chuck! I would rather work hard! What example would I be leaving my children if I spent my labors being on walfare? I want to succeed!

  3. I agree with Puritan Lad in that politics should, at least be touched on at church. I would be thrilled if there was a group that met weekly to talk about our nation and where its heading.

  4. I believe that the church (referring to the mystical Body of Christ) has no choice but to speak out on political issues. Most of the current-day political issues are also Biblical issues. While we don't want to present a "Republican Jesus" to the world, it is very clear that of the two political parties, there is one party that is much closer aligned with scriptural truth than the other. For example, one of the major parties seemingly relishes the slaughter of the unborn. The other party, for the most part, takes the opposite view. It doesn't take a doctorate in theology to figure out which side of the fence we should be on.