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It is sometimes said that religion and politics should not be mixed. These are two things that when taken together, can offend and take people’s focus off of the Lord. Yet, the Bible gives us principles that help us determine whether our politics are in line with biblical principles or take us down a collective path toward marginalization or destruction. I am of the opinion that scripture gives us dynamic tools to help us make sound political choices.
In this article I want to present six practices of socialism and how the BIble teach us why socialism in anti-biblical and destructive to societies. These six principles of socialism are:
1. Wealth confiscation and redistribution
2. Government ownership of private industry and property
3. Limits on income
4. High and oppressive taxation
6. Values are social creations, not immutable laws
The first argument that might be made about these six things is that the scripture appears to be silent on most of them. For instance, there doesn’t seem to be a direct command anywhere in the Bible that incomes should be limited or wealth confiscated and redistributed. If the Bible doesn’t command it, then we would seem to be free to pursue these things. However, this line of reasoning fails to the ground when we apply it to number 4; there seems to be no scripture that directly limits high levels of taxation. So, in this case, the argument might be a reversal. However, this is a bit simplistic.
The Bible’s commands on ordering a society were not specifically written for modern times. Many of the passages that might concern us were written by Moses in a culture influenced by Ancient Near East (ANE) ways of thinking. This is alien to our modern societies. However, knowing that behind the Laws of the Old Testament there are principles that are timeless, we can approach these passages and use them as guides. So, let’s take a brief look at each of these six thing and see where the scripture might run into them.
On Columbus Day I posted a PragerU video about Christopher Columbus and the significance of Columbus Day. My son-in-law, Erik, then posted a response that gave a wider view of Columbus, including information written by Columbus in his own journals about some of the things he and his crew engaged in that you and I, today, would be appalled at. I’ve seen these kinds of things before and used to dismiss them because, as a conservative, I’ve looked at flawed men like Columbus and said the standard conservative mantra, “Columbus was a man of his time,” therefore, we shouldn’t judge him by modern standards. But the more I think about it, the more I realize that this is an excuse.
A few times scripture says Jesus sent away crowds or persons after a miracle occurred.
Jesus sent others away so he could pray.
Jesus sent others away so he could move on to something else.
Jesus sent others away to tell others about him.
Jesus sent others away to follow a law about healing.
In every instance when Jesus sent others away, they had to get back to their own lives.
Let’s get right to the point. There are four things you can pray for that God always answers with a yes. Here they are:
- To know God
- To become a spiritual man or woman
- To resist temptation, and
- To be filled with the Holy Spirit
How do we know that God will answer yes? Because the scripture says so.
First, God’s desire is that we come to know him. John 6:37 says, “All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out.” To know God is the chief aim of Christianity. “And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true; and we are in him who is true, in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life” (I John 5:20).
I first posted this article on October 23, 2008.