If you believe in Socialism, you need to understand that the only economic system to ever take many people out of poverty is Capitalism. Socialism has never created wealth for anyone but the elite. Socialism spends what Capitalism earns. The startling truth is that nearly all of human progress that has taken place in the last 300 years, and lifting people out of poverty, is due to Capitalism
Capitalism is the most cooperative system ever created for the peaceful improvement of peoples’ lives. In America, especially for those on the left, Socialism has begun to be their choice. In a recent poll, 37% of all Americans and 54% of liberals preferred Socialism to Capitalism. Another poll had 44% of Millennials saying that they prefer to live in a Socialist society while only 42% prefer to live in a Capitalistic society.
Given that America has become the most successful economy in the world because of Capitalism, it is hard for some people to understand why Socialism would have any appeal. Why? Because this system denies the existence of God and places reliance on government. It has been responsible for mass starvation, torture, murder and enslavement. It allows no freedoms of speech and thought.
First, Socialism sounds really good. Socialists promise all kinds of free stuff, but never discuss the true costs. Socialism has become the Santa Clause of our day and time. Two states in the USA are proposing a guaranteed, basic annual income for everyone.
Secondly, people don’t realize the success of Capitalism and take it for granted. We live in the richest, most successful, most prosperous society in human history; and those who grow up with a silver spoon in their mouths, assume that this is just how it is. They also assume that becoming a Socialist nation would not change our society.
Third, Socialism and its big brother Communism are both bargains for some people who are mooching off the government tit. But you give up your freedoms, a large part of your potential, and an enormous amount of your money in return for unreliable promise of free stuff. The simple fact is that moochers, the lazy, and arguably people who will, for whatever reasons, remain poor for their entire lives tend to benefit more under Socialism.
What does the Bible say about moochers, the lazy and those who refuse to work for a living? The Apostle Paul said, “If any will not work, neither let him eat” (II Thess. 3:10). Paul had a very strong work ethic (Capitalism -- he was a tent maker) and laid down the rule that the church should not support and feed those too lazy to work. Paul had no sympathy for a lazy person who refused to work. Paul made it clear that the ones who would not work were not to eat at the expense of others who did work.
There are some who do not work, because they cannot work for health reasons. These are not the ones Paul had in mind. His reference was to those who could work but would not.
There is no such thing as a free lunch, and giving people something for nothing does serious damage to all concerned. It hurts the one who receives, because he/she is encouraged in their laziness. It hurts the givers, because he/she could have seen better results from the use of their gifts. Socialism hurts the entire society, because others are tempted to cease from work in order to get a free lunch!
There is no obligation resting on a Christian, a church, or a society to help feed an idle, lazy, sponge who is able to work. The obligation is imperative to help the helpless. Paul lays down the principle that no economic parasite is to be tolerated in the church or society.