Kingdom of God vs. Socialism
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By Socialism we mean the following definitions:
- A political theory advocating state ownership of industry and capital
- Any of various political philosophies that support social and economic equality, collective decision-making, and public control of productive capital and natural resources, as advocated by socialists.
- The socialist political philosophies as a group, including Marxism, libertarian socialism, democratic socialism, and social democracy. (Leninism)
- • This is a strategy whereby the State has control of all key resource-producing industries and manages most aspects of the market, in contrast to laissez faire capitalism.
- Any of various economic and political theories advocating collective or governmental ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods
- A system of society or group living in which there is no private property
- A system or condition of society in which the means of production are owned and controlled by the state
- A stage of society in Marxist theory transitional between capitalism and communism and characterized by the imperfect implementation of collectivist principles.
Today we have witnessed a reinvigoration of radical socialist ideology in government, including radical activists in the various congresses, the judiciary, labor unions, teachers’ unions, universities, and numerous posts in the government itself, including the Presidency. The arguments of socialism—welfare, socialized universal health care, regulation and taxation of business, attacks on “the rich,” etc. is resounding throughout America and Europe like never before.
Most Christians are unaware that the arguments of socialism and the welfare State are nothing less than the ancient pagan view of the State forged by the fires of Moloch worship, ending in human sacrifice and slavery to the ruler’s desires. Worse yet, many Christian leaders call for socialism under the guise of Christian virtues like helping the poor and needy. Some leaders have worked hard to find biblical support for the State robbing from some and giving to others. Christians must learn to discern the devious rhetoric, and expose the wolves in sheep’s clothing that deceive Christians into Statism using Christian language and Bible passages.
Christians are both to confront the wolves and to respond to socialism with biblical answers. The answers to socialism are: “The King is not God,” and, “Thou Shalt Not Steal.” If Christians do not actively refute these principles of government, law, and economics, then we will move closer to the socialists’ vision of society. We will have more of Marx than Moses, more of Trotsky than Christ.
A biblical critique of socialism extends the lessons learned in the Garden of Eden. Satan asks, “Hath God said?” (Gen 3:1). Eve pondered Satan’s question, pondered the merits of his point of view versus God’s command. In doing so, she had already lost the debate. She placed herself in judgment over God’s word, and thus over God. By just questioning God’s word on the matter, the Devil planted the seeds of the humanistic ruin of mankind. By joining him in this regard, Eve secured that ruin.
The only avenue to repairing this ruin is through obedience to Jesus Christ. This path requires us to return to God’s word, and rebuild our lives, our families, churches, states and social order based upon God’s revealed way of life. The choice between God and socialism is the same as the choice between God and Satan. One leads to paradise, the other to delusion and hell. It is God versus Socialism, be sure of that.
It is interesting to note that two of the most evil men in the past century which are considered as of the extreme right of the political spectrum, were in fact socialists:
Adolf Hitler was a member of the German Workers' Party but the name was later changed by Hitler to include the term National Socialist. Thus the full name was the National Socialist German Workers' Party (Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei or NSDAP) called for short, Nazi. Its notorious flag symbol, the swastika was deliberately turned 45 degrees to the horizontal and always oriented in the S-direction (the overlapping S standing for Socialism). The NSDAP called themselves ‘Socialist’ and not ‘Nazi’, and that infamously brutal force, the SS, using the same initials for socialism.”
Benito Mussolini was a socialist. He was the leader of the Socialist Party of Italy. Like many modern politicians Mussolini was a socialist and a journalist. During WWI, Mussolini was a well-known socialist leader and writer. Mussolini profusely borrowed much of his symbolism from American Socialists. He founded the “Fasci di Combattimento” (Revolutionary Fascists) party, eventually becoming the National Fascist Party, ergo the term “Fascism”. Interesting to note that Mussolini considered himself all his life as a Socialist.
The basic difference between socialism and Christianity is that socialism is optimistic about human nature. It holds that unless corrupted by exploitative capitalism, people are inherently good. In their uncorrupted state they will cooperate and willingly function collectively to achieve the common good. Instead Christianity cannot concur with the fundamental assertion that fallen human nature is basically good nor with the belief that it is virtually perfectible by social engineering. Christians do not locate the source of evil in economic exploitation but in human rejection of God . They insist that fallen human nature causes economic exploitation, not that economic exploitation causes evil in human nature. Nor do Christians accept as correct the notion that the proper and central study of human nature should focus on economics.
Many Christians believe that socialists fundamentally misread human nature. In its fallen state the nature of humans is not necessarily oriented towards others nor it is concerned about the common good of the community. (Gen 6:5)
Christians also reject any implication that the working class is morally better than other groups. Many Christians also assert that the socialist prescription for societal improvement stifles individual initiative and is therefore doomed to fail.
Essentially Christianity is God centred, whilst socialism is man centred and the two cannot be reconciled. Indeed a Christian Socialist is a misnomer for it cannot exist coherently.
The greatest difference between typical socialist assertions and Christian teaching is the widespread socialist rejection of the concept of soul, of the supernatural realm and of the need for human salvation rooted in God. Socialists assume and declare that all reality is material.
This concept of denial of God and the soul is an impasse for a believer and for this reason a Christian cannot be a true Socialist under any circumstance.
The socialist has also the concept of Democracy (govern by the people alone) coupled with egalitarianism which are not godly principles, for God is out of the picture. Instead the Christian reality is that in the Kingdom all are totally submitted to God and do His Holy will which all perform most willingly and everyone, great and small, are as God has created them. (Rev 19:5)
Christianity and socialism explain evil differently, postulate different solutions to human depravity and, in the main, have different priorities and ideals. In short they are diametrically opposed and irreconcilable.
This is not to say that extreme Capitalism is accepted in the Kingdom for this principle is greedy and tends to be evil in having an uncaring attitude towards less fortunate people even in hording things to itself to the point of not giving what is rightfully due: “For the Scripture says, "You shall not muzzle an ox treading out grain," and, the laborer is worthy of his pay. [Deu 25:4]” (1Ti 5:18) Nevertheless God allows people to own personal property as certified by the 10th commandment: “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male slave, or his slave-girl, or his ox, or his ass, or anything which [belongs] to your neighbor.” (Exo 20:17)
On the other hand Socialism has the tendency to support people that do not want to work, and that is not a Kingdom principle either, as certified by Scripture: “For even when we were with you, we commanded this to you: If anyone does not desire to work, neither let him eat.” (2Th 3:10)
Socialism cannot be compatible with Christianity. It is, in fact, at odds with Christianity’s teaching. Socialism is determined to provide equality and welfare by government intervention. The idea is that the government must take care of every aspect of life, from fair wages to health care to care for the poor . Christianity, as Jesus taught, teaches that it is up to the people, as individuals, to care for one another (1Ti 5:8). This is why they are incompatible. Socialism preaches government responsibility by compulsion and Christianity preaches individual responsibility from love.
In the early days of Christianity, communal living was evident. Scripture teaches that all lived in harmony and had all things in common, where those who had used their excess to care for those in need, as they had need. That does not mean that all were equal, or that those who had means had to split those means equally with those who did not have means (as Socialism preaches), but rather they provided for the necessities of those who could not do so for themselves. But this in no way meant that they simply gave to the poor without requirement that they attempted to care for themselves, rather that they were expected to attempt to work and provide what they could for themselves, as per 2Th 3:10.
Socialism is the antithesis of Christianity. It expects that all will take what they have and distribute it to those who have less, regardless of their need or attempt to care for themselves encouraging laziness and promoting those who do not want to work. Moreover this forced redistribution goes against the very teachings of Christ who preached sharing in love and harmony.
Our Western society has lost its Christian soul and so we are like a ship without its rudder and thus we are lured by the socialists who advertise that the greatest form of good in the world is ubiquitous control by democratic government. Thus they negate God and therefore violate the very foundation of Christian teaching.
Reiterating again, Socialism and Christianity are irreconcilable. One is based on the atheistic philosophy found in the Communist Manifesto; the other is based on the deity of Jesus Christ and His Word.
Those who do not believe that Socialism is included in the Communist Manifest only have to pay attention to that famous communist Frederick Engels who declared that the Communist Manifesto "is undoubtedly the most widespread, the most international production of all Socialist literature, the common platform acknowledged by millions of working men from Siberia to California." This manifesto was co-authored by Marx and Engels.
It is impossible for a true Christian to be a socialist or for a true socialist to be a Christian. Nevertheless, socialists have cleverly twisted the scriptures in order to make their materialistic philosophy appear Christian. As Marx explained (misinterpreting) in the Communist Manifesto: "Nothing is easier than to give Christian asceticism a Socialist tinge. Has not Christianity declaimed against private property, against marriage, against the State? Has it not preached, in the place of these, charity and poverty, celibacy and mortification of the flesh, monastic life and Mother Church." ." Of course Marx here was referring to the Catholic Church that has made a symbiosis between Pagan and Christian religions, for example in marriage (1Ti 4:1-3) and therefore not true Biblical Christianity.
Socialism means economic control of the people by government. In a socialist country, the state is all-powerful. Such an all-powerful state views itself and not God (who is negated) as the ultimate authority. It is not surprising, therefore, that the Communist Manifesto calls for abolishing family, marriage, countries, and religion as well as private property. Under the socialist system the state determines what is right and wrong without any competing loyalties to God, family, or country. This we have seen happening in our countries in the last 50 years, and continuing.
Socialism believes in a secular society void of biblical morality, biblical guidance, biblical wisdom, in short void of Christ and of God.
Christians believe that Christ is vital to life and happiness. We believe in the Word of God. We believe that “All scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works” (2Ti 3:16-17). Socialism would flatly reject that belief as foolishness and one dangerously opposed to its utopian society. (1Co 2:14)
Therefore we conclude with absolute certainty that Socialism is diametrically opposed to Christianity and that it has no part in the Kingdom of God and likewise also those who adhere to this ungodly system.
The social rule of the Kingdom is: “... You have freely received, freely give” (Mat 10:8) Not by coercion. The fact of life is that absolutely nothing belongs to us but all the good things are granted by God as He wills and to whom He wants to and we are to be good stewards of what He gives to us whilst on this earth, without boasting of our puny achievements: “For who makes you to differ from another? and what have you that you did not receive? now if you did receive it, why do you glory, as if you had not received it?” (1Co 4:7)