The evidence is building that Americans are turning
away from their long cherished love for democracy, freedom and capitalism in an
For example, in a 2017 Gallup survey, Millennials (18
– 29 year olds) had almost equally positive views of both capitalism and
socialism (57% - 55%, respectively).
In a stunning 2017 You-Gov survey, 37% of America said
they preferred socialism or even communism over capitalism.
And, believe it or not, a World Values Survey found
that 24% of young Americans think that democracy is a “bad” or “very bad” way
of running the country.
It appears that more and more Americans want a
“planned” rather than free economy, an abolition of the differences between
business owners and workers and ultimately an end to private property – all
distinctives of a socialist state.
Socialism envisions a future perfect condition for man
– one achieved through man’s own efforts – a sort of societal pulling oneself
up by one’s own bootstraps.
Non-Christians find this concept easy to embrace. If man is good, they reason, then why
shouldn’t he be perfectible and, if perfectible, why not through human
Christians, on the other hand, believe in original
sin, the fallenness of man, and know that the only perfect state for humankind
will come under the direct governance of Jesus Christ after his return.
Until then, Christians know that the poor will always
be with us and that man is not God and is incapable of engineering his own
Socialisms underlying basic assumption of man’s
perfectibility through human engineered social means leads to one of its
central tenants; a planned economy.
Thinking about this, it is obvious that a planned
economy must needs a planner(s). Along
with planning comes control (the plan is no good if people are allowed to go
off plan) and control is the more effective the more it is centralized.
It becomes easy to understand why socialized countries
usually end up being governed by all-powerful tyrants.
Contrast the Christian way where God favors each man
with maximum liberty, able to choose for himself either a blessed or cursed
The God of the bible frowns upon the more centralized
governmental systems, instead preferring direct relationship with each
individual person – a feat only He can do.
God does not need intermediate human constructed
social artifices to communicate with every human on the planet. He can do it directly, the Holy Spirit not
However, Satan can only relate to one person at a
Not possessing the Godly attributes of omnipresence,
omnipotence and omniscience, he must rely on his devilish minions, who are
Hence, he is forever furthering the cause of
centralized human power so as to be able to influence the more of humanity with
his finite number of devils.
In other words, if control is cemented in a limited
number of people, he can the more thoroughly corrupt them with his likewise
limited number of underlings. But, they
would be vastly less effective in their evil work where power is dissipated and
they have to deal with decision makers who are free and numerous (a democracy).
This is one reason why Christianity has traditionally
viewed government as the preserver of freedom, order and justice under the
law-word of God, while socialists think government is a revolutionary tool to
be used by those who would be gods, to fix creation because the Creator didn’t
do right the first time.
The second socialist distinctive, the adolescent dream
of extinguishing differences of class, wealth, position, etc., reeks of
its planned and controlled economy requires planners and controllers who, by
necessity, possess more power than any capitalist business owner could ever
dream of possessing.
While pretending to the levelling of all peoples,
socialism retains its planners carrying out the will of its masters proving
that it is more a game about power than it is about egalitarianism.
And, of course, the Bible never advocates for
egalitarianism. As far back as the 10
Commandments, it assumes inequality and finds no sin in its existence. The only sin being in our hearts as we covet
what we don’t have.
The fact that we are capable of coveting is de facto Biblical acknowledgement that
we aren’t equal.
Socialism, then, can be viewed as the antithesis of
Christianity in that it institutionalizes envy in its attempt to level everyone
to the same conditions.
God, anti-egalitarian that He is, separates the sheep
from the goats, sending some to heaven and some to hell – no levelling here.
Actually, the same can be noticed about socialisms
third aspect, the abolition of private property.
When nationalization of property occurs it is only the
transfer of rights of ownership from many individuals to one government.
The prerogatives of ownership still exist, only now
they will be exercised by a different class of people, those who possess
It is somewhat difficult to conjure up a reason to
believe why these people who happen to work for government will be better
managers of property than the former free (now dependent) owners would.
But, there are reasons to believe that stewardship by
design usually results in an outcome less benign.
A private property owner has his own interest at
stake. Any bad decision will impact his
own well-being negatively.
He is highly incentivized to make constructive
Conversely, a bureaucrat is not harmed (even if
society is) by his bad decisions. He has
no personal stake and suffers no personal ramifications for mistakes.
This is why we see so many colossal public policy
mistakes (such as the vast western fires on ill-managed public lands and
massive pollution events like the recent EPA Animas River spill fiasco in
There is no personal skin in the game for government
workers, their pie-in-the-sky schemes are implemented by fiat and when they
fail, all of us have to pay, but not them.
The Biblical take on private property is one that
takes seriously individual & familial ownership, “The prince shall not take
from the people's inheritance, thrusting them out of their possession…”
In fact, private ownership of property is so important
in God’s economy that He instructed the Israelites in the laws of Jubilee,
mandating the return of any alienated property to its original owner (or
family) every 50 years.
And, in the case of Naboth’s vineyard, God’s
displeasure with governmental confiscation of private property is made
Private property is the clear Biblical source for
man’s liberty under God to pursue the stewardship mandate. Without its possession, man is left to play
the slave under the mastery of the all-powerful state.
Socialists must suffer from some adolescent
psychological malady to be able to continue to lust after an imaginary perfect
world even when all logical evidence points to mans’ inability to establish
heaven on earth.
How can they believe that man is good and not fallen
after Nazism, 100 or more million deaths - by design - from Communism, untold
suffering and murder directly attributable to Maoism – all off-shoots in
varying flavors of socialism and, all in the last century?
How can they be so stupid, arrogant and obstinate to
believe socialism can deliver the goods vis-à-vis capitalism and republicanism
given the historical record?
Their ability to maintain their amazing faith in their
own ability to re-organize the world in a better way even when the evidence and
reason declares that all such efforts have and will miserably fail, borders on
The Christians duty is to resist these professed
prophets of social perfection and defend the faith, its doctrines and the
necessary corollaries and all that they mean for man’s civil structures –
educational, cultural, social, economic and governmental.