By Lina Bryce
Those who use the force of government to seize property which is not theirs all too often point to the tenants of Christianity as justification for their aims. Liberal Christians often espouse rhetoric claiming God and/or Jesus are socialists. The implication is that economic freedom is immoral. Even the pope has made headlines espousing socialism. But the Bible is clear, God wants us to be free.
The following are verses taken from the Bible and prove God’s not a socialist.
And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. – John 8:32
For even when we were with you, we used to give you this order: if anyone is not willing to work, then he is not to eat, either. – Thessalonians 3:10
I said to them, “If it is good in your sight, give me my wages; but if not, never mind!” So they weighed out thirty shekels of silver as my wages. -Zechariah 11:12
This does not appear to be a violent or forced trade between individuals. The words “willing to work” and “if it is good…give me my wages” contradict the idea of heavy-handed government oversight and tax regulations. The reward is in the profit, whether it is to eat or to be paid. This has all the appearances of Laissez-faire capitalism.1 comment