I used to think that Christ brought a socialistic way of living to us. After all, the early church contributed to the needs of others, other churches, other persons, the missionaries. So why isn’t that socialism.
I’ve become wiser in understanding and in scriptures since then.
Socialism is a form of government. It’s not a faith.
Giving to others in need is part of our faith.
Socialism is the government collecting from a few and giving to its chosen others.
Faith is showing our love for our neighbors as Christ loved us. Christ died for us. We are to die for each other if necessary. But the kind of love we have as believers is an action word, not an emotion. And it leads to taking individual responsibility for others.
And there’s the difference. Individual responsibility.
Socialism as a government system is actually sinful. It causes people to covet what others own. The last of the Ten commandments: ““You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his manservant or maidservant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.””
(Exodus 20:17 NIV)
Shoving our responsibility of loving others onto the government is wrong. It’s a cop out. And it becomes tyranny for a government to take over this responsibility of individuals.