The difference between socialism and charity...
October 27, 2011 4:00pm CST
People look at socialism as if it was based on charity and love for fellow human beings. But that only shows how little they understand charity or love for fellow human beings. Charity is from the heart, not from the government. Charity is about each of us looking at what is needed by others, looking at what we have, and deciding what we can share. It's about free will and choice. Socialism is about theft, jealousy, envy and greed. It's about seeing what others have, and demanding THEY "do their part", even from people who have never "done their part" in the first place. Sorry, but if you have a computer, and pay for high speed internet access, you are already admitting that you're not willing to part with your excess "for the good of your fellow man". You're sitting there using something that costs you a lot, unwilling to use that money "for the good of someone else". If you truly believed in socialism, then you would have already offered the money you spend every month on internet access to someone less fortunate than you. So you are just as willing to decide for yourself what you are willing to share with others, and what you want to keep. How would you like it if someone from the government decided what your needs are, and took everything that THEY deemed "excess"? If you wouldn't like that, then don't call for the government to do the same to others. There is NO charity in the hearts of socialists, only greed and force of government.
• United States
27 Oct 11
I agree with you completely. That is why it pisses me off when people, often atheists or anti-Christian types, try to claim Jesus was a socialist. He told people to give to those in need. He did NOT tell people to FORCE others to give. Giving to those in need is a kind and thoughtful act. Making someone else give to those in need, while enjoying excesses yourself, is NOT what Jesus preached, not even close. I personally give a lot to charities not just in money, but in time volunteering. I also give blood. I encourage others to volunteer, give to charity, and donate blood, but I 100% oppose anything that forces people to do so and that includes mandating volunteer work in order for high school students to graduate. If it is forced, it is not charity or volunteering.
28 Oct 11
Just out of curiosity, how exactly would you interpret Romans 13:1-7? 1 Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. 2 Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. 3 For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended. 4 For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. 5 Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience. 6 This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, who give their full time to governing. 7 Give to everyone what you owe them: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor. That's the quote I see thrown around the most often when it comes to Jesus and government.
• United States
28 Oct 11
It means don't riot etc.. Live peacefully and orderly. This world system of man is not the "home" of Christians. Even Jesus didn't come (the 1st time) and free Israel (or the world) from the occupation of Rome but all the seeds he planted were seeds of peace. Although He did raise his voice against the religious (wrong headed) auTHoriTies of the day! Usually all revolution does is get people killed and more often than not a worse power over them steps in (unfortunately). The Christians under ban by the emperor(s) still met, but secretly of course for safeties sake.
• United States
27 Oct 11
Excellent points. Often those who scream the loudest for charity are the biggest hypocrites. Charity is when I reach into my own pocket to help someone in need. Socialism is when government reaches in my pocket, takes want they want to do with as they please. A portion will go to help others. The rest goes to pad the wallets of the thieves who took the money. As Obama told Joe the plumber, it is best to spread the wealth around. Those who never went to college certainly want to share some of their money with those who can't afford their student loans, right?