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We know God’s not Republican or Democrat, but is He a Socialist or Capitalist?

Posted by foundersfreedom on March 9, 2009

We’ve all heard, and most will likely agree, that God is not a Republican or a Democrat, but one may be led to ask, “Is He a Socialist or a Capitalist?”

 

This is not meant to be a flippant question with some off-the-cuff smart-aleck answer, though it would be easy to let it degenerate into such, but one that may help both sides understand which is truly for the common good and liberty and which leads to shackles.

 

The Socialist / Capitalist debate has certainly come to the fore with the recent election and the current economic turmoil.  One side speaks of the pending destruction of capitalism and America as we know it, while the other speaks of compassion for the poor and struggling.  Can we achieve the latter without doing the former? My answer is yes, but not the way it’s being done, and has been done for the last 70 years.  I looked to none other than God Himself for an answer.  If you’re not a Believer, feel free to move along, but Truth is Truth.  If inspiration or wisdom is drawn from the spiritual realm, whether the reader believes in the spritual or not, the insight should never be summarily dismissed. 

 

God, that is the Judeo-Christian God, through the Bible, gives us a bit of insight to wealth creation, fruits of labor, and charitable giving.  I looked at verses in the Bible containing ‘money,’ ‘work,’ ‘slothfulness,’ and ‘blessing,’ and found what one would expect to find when looking into the heart of God – compassion and responsibility.

 

The parable of the talents in Matthew 25:18-30 speaks to wealth creation in a fairly pointed way.  The Master gives 1, 2 and 5 talents respectively to his 3 servants and then goes away for a time.  Upon his return, the servants given the 2 and 5 talents have doubled his money.  He was well pleased and made them rulers over many things.  The one who received the single talent had hid it away and gained nothing. He was scolded and cast out.

 

Abraham, the Patriarch of the Judeo-Christians, Solomon and Job were immensely wealthy and were blessed of God (chicken or the egg?).     

 

God is a strong proponent of a good work ethic.

Proverbs 28:19 says, “He that tilleth his land shall have plenty of bread: but he that follows after frivolous, empty things shall have poverty enough.” 

 

2 Thessalonians 3:10 “For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.”

 

Ecclesiastes 10:18  By much slothfulness the building decayeth; and through idleness of the hands the house droppeth through (leaks).

 

But does God want us to prosper at all costs? Shall we look the other way when confronted with our brothers’ needs? Absolutely not.

 

Proverbs 28:20  A faithful man shall abound in blessings, but he that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent (go unpunished).

 

1Timothy 6:10    For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

 

Job 29:12  Because I delivered (rescued/helped) the poor that cried, and the fatherless, and him that had none to help him.

 

Job 29:16  I was a father to the poor: and the cause (case) I knew not I searched out.  (Went looking for those to help)

   

I believe God to be compassionate, yet He expects responsibility from His creation.  When it came to the tabernacle offering He expected something from everyone, rich or poor.  What expectations do we have from the recipients of our welfare system?  Their slavemasters in Congress won’t even consider requiring a clean drug test for eligibility or require community service by picking up the trash in their own subsidized housing project.     

 

Exodus 30:15  The rich shall not give more, the poor shall not give less when they give an offering unto the LORD to make an atonement for your souls.

 

Where does all this lead? It can be wrapped up pretty quickly. 

 

The poor will always be among us (Deut. 15-11 and Matthew 26:11) and all the money in the world will not change that (and it certainly appears Obama’s trying just that).  America has programs that not only allow recipients not to work and receive pay, but encourages more of the same activity.  Not only does this take from those that work hard and earn an honest paycheck, but it rots the souls of those on the receiving end.  Look at the neighborhoods that receive the bulk of the governmental largesse.  These areas are full of illegal drug activity, theft, shootings and stabbings, fatherless children, trash in the street.  The list goes on.  Certainly doesn’t fit with God’s desire that we live and live more abundantly.

 

The crumbling of our capitalist financial system is not devoid of blame either.  The multiple ‘Bernie Madoffs’, the CEOs of major banking institutions that leveraged themselves to the hilt with the help of a corrupt political system and reckless consumerism on the part of the average American has also brought us to where we are.  Again, very much against biblical teachings.  Our house was built on sand.

 

The typical Socialist (whether they consider themselves to be or not) believes the government should help all in need.  Capitalists believe in giving each individual the chance to make it on their own and perhaps make it big.  Pure Socialists (called Communists) believe that the government has the right and is required to insure the needs of the masses.  Pure capitalists have little loyalty to anything but the bottom line, including their fellow citizens and the country that gave them the opportunities.

 

Pure Socialists are willing to force “charity” at the point of a gun and controlling most aspects of the economy.  Communism only works when the State is supreme and precludes any adherence to a beneficent deity (God). And that is only for a time.  See ‘USSR.’

 

Pure Capitalism sends jobs overseas to procure cheap labor at the expense of our neighbors.  I would be disingenuous if I imply that all companies that ship jobs overseas do it on a whim.  Government regulations, union issues, environmental restrictions, etc. can oftentimes make it nearly impossible to compete and stay in business without doing so. One consolation is that at least with pure capitalism the standard of living is improved in those areas where the companies relocate.  Competent oversight, not government meddling, can easily keep this situation in check.   

 

We have allowed the government to be our brothers’ keeper, while returning the corrupt to office in election after election.  We have put our own selfish desires ahead of doing what’s responsible.  The way I see it, the current state of our nation is the direct result of kicking God out of our government, our schools and universities and even our homes. (Updated and confirmed today here in an article about the increase in atheism in the US)  

 

So, is God a Socialist or a Capitalist?  Chances are He’s laughing at my impotent attempt to classify Him, but He’s also saddened that this nation, like all previous nations brought to prominence by His Providence, again causes Him to turn away. God has blessed America.  Today we need mercy.  

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10 Responses to “We know God’s not Republican or Democrat, but is He a Socialist or Capitalist?”

  1. Another aspect of Socialism/Communism is the state attempts to replace the role of God in the lives of the people. The “state” will provide for you, the “state” is your master, the “state” is to be your “first love”, and the “state” decides what you can and cannot do (no free will there).

    There is no place for God in a Socialist nor Communist system. Such governments will not tolerate competition from God.

    Your last line nailed it: God HAS blessed America – indeed, its mercy not justice we had best hope for.

    Thank you for this thought provoking and most intriguing commentary. Well done!

  2. Pirate’s Pen / Grace, coming from you that’s quite a compliment. I hope one day to have honed my writing skills to meet yours. Since I’ve found your site, I look daily for the next installment. Your site is on my very short blog roll. Thanks again.ff

  3. Thank you my friend for your kind words – and not to go off topic here, but just wanted to say I’m honored to be on your blog role. By the way, I added you to my blog roll too a couple of weeks ago when I discovered your site.

    I suppose we’re in this together, and one thing is for sure: We’re not alone!

    Keep the faith, and keep up the fight.

    Warmest regards!

  4. Rick said

    FF and PPN: KNOW that absolutely, you are NOT alone. There is an uprising taking place in our country, growing stronger by the week, people like us, tired of the irresponsible managing of government, of our taxes, of our very lives—and this irresponsiblity that we experienced during the Bush Administration has magnified by 100 withj the advent of the reign of NoBama
    The rumbling across this great land is becoming audible.

    Those who deign to shape our lives in the nihilistic, secular image of the liberal ideology ought to be afraid—-very afraid.

  5. Jeremy said

    “One side speaks of the destruction of capitalism and America as we know it, while the other speaks of compassion for the poor and struggling” – can you tell me which one is which?

    Honestly, God’s neither capitalist nor socialist. Both are attempts at bringing order to a confused world. Both, as you say, will fail when taken to a ‘pure’ extreme.

    I wouldn’t fear Obama though. He’s not a socialist – ask any socialist if you’re not sure.

  6. God is who He says He is and not just what any of us want Him to be. According to my world studies teacher brother, Marxism is the method of attaining socialism, so I guess Obama is a Marxist rather than a socialist. But during the recent election I, along with millions of other informed voters, called him a Marxist, so I must have been right. I love that part about me!
    ff

  7. My hat is in the ring.

    Jeremy, you make a point, but I must ask that you consider this. Your perception is very black and white. I don’t think it fair to say that opposition to Obama – Republican or otherwise – means opposition to the less fortunate. I think it naive to take the stance that the federal government is merely attempting to “aid”. Let us reason as adults: They are not that noble.

    Likewise, it is faulty to assume the Republican party is devoid of compassion merely because it supports the free market and capitalism. We are the greatest nation on earth – this is so because heretofore, we have allowed capitalism to flourish. When our ecomony fails, all the world reaps the havoc.

    Never have we limited our prosperity to the boundaries of our national borders. Without fail, we have sought to immprove the plight of the less fortunate. So with all due respect, to hear one attempt to say that all of the conflict is based upon one compassionate party versus on party acting soley upon legal principal, I must disagree.

  8. Grace,
    Thanks for your input. Jeremy’s participating in a “Climate Justice” campaign from London, so he’s not necessarily privy to our political wranglings. We had a cordial discourse on his site which you can see at http://makewealthhistory.org/. It’s about 4 posts down from the top. As you can see from the address, he definitely thinks differently than we do. Thought you might want to know. ff

  9. sanityinjection said

    Interesting question. I would argue that the Jesus portrayed in the Gospels is a socialist. He lived communally and constantly exhorted his followers to care for the poor while excoriating the rich.

    Personally, I seek no religious justification for economic systems of organization. Socialism doesn’t work, period. Ayn Rand demonstrated that pretty clearly.

  10. SI, I agree with you on the workability of socialism, but Jesus wanted us to take care of the truly needy / helpless, not coddle the lazy. Widows in that day were to be taken in by a surviving brother-in-law and if that person didn’t exist, there was not much she could do since employment was not really an option. Alms were taken by the church for support of the poor. Jesus didn’t necessarily condemn the rich, either. He warned them about “gaining the world and losing the soul” because He knew the human spirit, the love of money and what it does to your soul if you let it. As I put in my post, Abraham, Job and Solomon were chosen of God and rich beyond anything we’ve ever seen. The point of my post was to counter the argument of the left as they love to question our compassion on the right. I just wanted to show that Jesus / God did not reward those that chose not to help themselves. ff

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