Does the Bible Support "Socialism"?

August 02, 2019 0 Comments

As you have heard in the news, the Democratic Party of our country has been moving hard left, many leaders even embracing the idea of socialism instead of capitalism. Several of the presidential candidates have completely adopted socialism as part of their vision for America. Does the Bible have any thing to say about socialism (communism) as an economic model?

The book of Acts tells us that the early church believed in sharing all their wealth. Many sold their possessions so money could be distributed to others in need. As a testimony of Christian charity, this was a good thing and showed just how loving and how unselfish these believers were. All through the Bible, we are exhorted to meet the needs of others by giving.

But this “experiment” in “communism” as an economic system turned out to be a total disaster. What had started out with good intentions soon back-fired. For years afterwards, the Apostle Paul had to spend a great deal of his time and energy raising funds and taking up offerings for the poor saints in Jerusalem. Why? They were all destitute. They had given away their possessions in a massive redistribution of wealth, which led to total economic collapse. While it is commendable for the church to help others in need, it is not God’s will for Christians to form some kind of “commune”.

It is because of the incentives of capitalism that our nation was founded. It is because of the wealth and prosperity of this great country that missionaries are sent all over the world carrying the gospel message. Making money is not evil; hard work, economic freedom, and self reliance (as opposed to government welfare) has been the foundational principle of America from its very beginning.

This whole idea of the socialist-minded Democrats to "take away from the rich and give to the poor" is going to doom our country. Voluntary contributions to worthy charities is one thing, but the federal government trying to force some kind of socialism on us is quite another. Take a lesson from the book of Acts and the awful experiment with communism in the days of the early church.

Take a look at California. That extremely liberal state is putting out millions of tax dollars to provide welfare and benefits (free medical, free schooling) for illegal immigrants. Such a system is unsustainable. It is absurd that we are rewarding such unlawful behavior by giving all these "free" benefits to them.

When God blesses me with extra money, I want to give it to the Lord, not have the government confiscate it to give to illegal aliens. The Bible teaches Christian charity. It doesn't teach communism.

Richard Seefried
Harrisonburg, VA
Richard Seefried has a Master’s Degree in Christian Ministry, and is licensed & certified by the NCCA as a clinical pastoral counselor.