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Socialism is NOT Compassionate & Why This Should Matter to Christians

February 4, 2010

Karl Marx image from WikipediaChristians should care about politics because, ultimately, we care about people. Government has an increasingly large influence on the lives of people, thus we cannot ignore politics. Further, almost every law reflects someone’s idea of morality. Since God’s morality is ultimate and universal, society benefits by the Christian’s participation in the public square. That is, society benefits when biblical truth is reflected in law.

What we encounter in discussing societal issues today with Christians is that many think socialism is good. In fact, they think that it is distinctly compassionate, thus truly moral. In this essay we will examine why socialism—and its compadres marxism and liberalism—are in fact immoral and inhumane. Conservatism, on the other hand, not only objectively produces better results for society, but is the only moral alternative.

First, let’s define our terms. Socialism is government mandated activities or government control of assets. Marxism is using the power of the state to take money from some groups of citizens and give it to other groups (“redistribution of wealth” or “social justice”). Liberalism is a broader term that encompasses both of the above. Progressivism and statism are synonyms for liberalism. Because there is so much overlap, we will use these terms more-or-less interchangeably.

Here are the bullet points for the Ten reasons* why liberalism is not only ineffective, but indeed immoral and inhumane (for the complete article click here):

1. Redistribution of wealth is not JUSTICE, it is THEFT.

2. Socialism and marxism reduce our freedoms, thus leading to tyranny.

3. When the government redistributes wealth it even hurts the people it is trying to help!

4. Every time the government gets involved in something, in the long run it hurts the economy.

5. Socialism reduces the incentive to innovate and produce.

6. Studies show that government is much less efficient at the same tasks as private enterprise or charity.

7. Socialism rewards failure. 

8. Socialism and marxism ultimately lead to financial destruction.

9. Liberalism destroys the Rule of Law. 

10. Liberalism not only breeds hatred, but indeed contributes to people’s deaths.

Objection Considered: The socialist may object to these arguments by saying, “But wait. People have rights.” For example, in the current health care debate, we hear that people have a right to health care. But this is incorrect. Health care is not a right. It is a good/service—like food, clothing, shelter, or life insurance. And the way to distribute these things that is the least expensive to the consumer with the best quality is through private enterprise. The free exchange of goods and services is the most moral and the most effective means of distribution. America’s Declaration of Independence is an historic document that philosophically defines rights. Rights are God-given to personhood rather than something conferred by government. In particular, life is a right. A good or service is not a right.

Indeed, America's Declaration of Independence explains that liberty—that is, freedom from government interference—is also a right. So liberals who say that something like government health care is a right in fact have it backwards. Government interference into health care tramples on liberty and thus tramples on our rights!

Summary: Conservatism is constructive. Liberalism is destructive. And nowhere in the Scriptures do we read anything that even remotely resembles socialism. We are not arguing that government has no role to play in society. We are arguing that there are usually constitutional solutions in the free market that are much more effective while being morally upright, consistent with human rights—and biblical.

*For the complete article and expanded explanation of the ten points above, please click here .

For further information on the Bible and Government, see our article http://www.faithfacts.org/christ-and-the-culture/the-bible-and-government.

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Faith Facts editor
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Deuteronomy 15
Reply #13 on : Mon September 26, 2011, 18:58:14
Hello, P. Sampson. The assumption you make is incorrect. Government is not composed "almost entirely of God's people." And yes we think that God cares where the care comes from. The giver of the care benefits as much as the receiver. A good book on this topic is THE TRAGEDY OF AMERICAN COMPASSION by Marvin Olasky. In the book Olasky argues that compassion, if done biblically, should be (a) challenging, (b) personal, and (c) spiritual. Government dispensing charity is none of these. The tragedy is that socialism is not compassionate as we detail in the blog and the other article on our site:http://www.faithfacts.org/christ-and-the-culture/socialism-not-compassionate. Thanks for weighing in.
P Sampson
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Deut 15
Reply #12 on : Mon September 26, 2011, 13:39:29
Governments, as we know them, didn't exist in those times so of course Deut 15 et al won't make that distinction. Modern government, composed almost entirely of 'God's people' fulfils the task that 'God's people' outside of government, cannot or will not. Do you really think that God cares whether his work is done by government or society? As Christians are so fond of saying, Do not presume to know his will, or indeed, how it is carried out.
Faith Facts editor
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Deuteronomy 15
Reply #11 on : Mon September 26, 2011, 12:45:49
Mr. Sampson's use of Deut 15 is bogus. There is nothing in that quote or anywhere else in the Bible demanding or even suggesting that government take care of the poor. Such passages are directing God's people to take care of the poor.
P Sampson
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Socialism in the Bible
Reply #10 on : Mon September 26, 2011, 11:09:25
"And nowhere in the Scriptures do we read anything that even remotely resembles socialism"

Try Deuteronomy for starters
15:7 If there be among you a poor man of one of thy brethren within any of thy gates in thy land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not harden thine heart, nor shut thine hand from thy poor brother: (15:7-8)
"If there be among you a poor man ... thou shalt not harden thine heart, nor shut thine hand from thy poor brother."
15:8 But thou shalt open thine hand wide unto him, and shalt surely lend him sufficient for his need, in that which he wanteth.

Some of you really need to read your bible properly
Ian Canture
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What do you have to say about Capitalism?
Reply #9 on : Mon June 06, 2011, 12:09:48
Dear Sir/Madam,

I posit that the ROOT cause of man's problems is our individual hearts and minds. Consequently, from that root cause, we maintain (allow) political/economic "systems" that perpetuates anti-human living conditions all over the World.

From your arguments in this article, and from what is believed to be (or understood to be) Socialism, as well as what was supposedly (or actually) practiced in the former Soviet Union, it would indeed SEEM like "Liberalism/Socialism" is destructive (as you put it). However, I posit that with so much confusion and half-truths (from virtually ALL sides) it might be a very long time before the whole world comes to KNOW the truth.

However, your arguments are in favour of what you call "Conservatism". Now, since we live in a world dominated by "Capitalism" (Capitalist economy), what do you have to say about "Capitalism"? For a moment, I wondered whether your mention of "Conservatism" was another way you would refer to "Capitalism". But then I conclude that you must have known that, on an economic level, "Conservatism" is not automatically "Capitalism". If I am mistaken, then I am curious as to why you would cause MORE confusion by referencing “Capitalism” with the word “Conservatism”, rather than clearly show your support for “Capitalism”.

So going on the fact that “Conservatism” is NOT automatically “Capitalism”, and, with "Capitalism"(capitalist economy) currently dominating virtually the whole world, do you have any arguments for or against "Capitalism" that you would like to share? (Looking forward to your reply).
Wam
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Re: Socialism is NOT Compassionate & Why This Should Matter to Christians
Reply #8 on : Tue December 14, 2010, 12:38:14
Socialism could work if government knew WHO DESERVES WHAT. But government has NO CLUE WHO DESERVES WHAT. As an example, church communities, individuals and charities would NEVER pay unemployment assistance to someone that is still wealthy and has a lot of money!! Government however runs it as an "insurance" and all it takes is the "trigger" of becoming unemployed, then the money flows.
Bill Miess
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Socialism, Liberalism, Conservatism, etc.
Reply #7 on : Sun July 18, 2010, 15:33:32
I think the problem is that we try to debate which of the types of worldly governments are good and which are bad. Well, the truth is that they all have a few good points and a lot of bad ones. None of them have much resemblance to God's government or his laws. The more liberal forms try to emulate and force us to do some of what the Bible tells us we should do voluntarily. We should do them voluntarily but we are told to do them if we wish to please God. We have the option to do them voluntarily or lose the mercy God might otherwise have for us. So, perhaps it is only by force that the poor and underprivileged can be helped in a country that has turned it's back on God. Additionally, The poor could also claim to be victims of theft by the government when powerful public unions and others get extremely lucrative lifelong contracts that force the poor to pay through taxation, the premiums for their health insurance with low or no deductibles for everything including elective cosmetic surgery or even sex change operations. Many of these powerful public employees are able to pack their final years with overtime pay so that they can retire with a pension sometimes double their normally large paycheck while doing nothing. So, while many of the poor do milk the system and look for handouts from the government, most of them can't hold a candle to the graft committed by the more wealthy. Conservatism tries to identify with Christianity or vice versa. Conservatism tends to be more hard nosed and aggressive. Little compassion and just as in Liberalism, self serving and just as often found to be morally corrupt as government officials. We now live in a country that can no longer look back to the founding fathers and proclaim our goodness. Democracy has proven to be the failure that our second president John Adams warned us it could be. He said that this new government would work only in a moral and religious society. We no longer have either. When the majority of people in a society where the people rule become corrupted, things can only get worse. What we need is an Authoritarian Government run by those who are incorruptible. That government is coming in God's timing. Yes, we will have freedom but not the kind of freedom people speak of now. We will be free because those there will love the ways of God. There will be no democracy with people ruling, but where God rules from the top down. No more arrogance or protests or demands. No more corrupt Supreme Courts, Congresses, or Presidents. We will be given a new pure language and there will be unspeakable joy.
Rob
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Christianity and socialism
Reply #6 on : Sat June 26, 2010, 21:54:00
Americans need to wake up to the reality that socialism and Christianity are not compatible. Karl Marx was an athiest and nothing good has come from communism, Marxism, socialism, progressivism, or whatever name is used for this evil ideology. This is a religion of the Devil himself and has been a weapon of despots world-wide throughout the twentieth century. People who read their Bible are not likely to fall for the lies of Marx.
Editor
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Mike's post number 4
Reply #5 on : Fri April 02, 2010, 09:05:59
Mike, Jesus himself is at the same time both the most uniting and most divisive person in history. Indeed the gospel is, by its very nature, divisive.
mike
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Re: Socialism is NOT Compassionate & Why This Should Matter to Christians
Reply #4 on : Fri April 02, 2010, 08:46:19
What does this have to do with god.People new to god will get turned off.i came here hoping to learn.Not about division.Please post.
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