It is true that Jesus confronted the money changers and challenged believers to give to the needy. But, would he support Socialism? Increasingly, our society thinks He would!
In a recent poll (Barna), it was found that Jesus would prefer Socialism than those who believe He would prefer capitalism. According to a Reason-Rupe survey, 53% of Americans under 30 view Socialism favorably, compared to less than a third of Americans over 30. According to a Gallup poll, 69% of those under 30 said they would be willing to vote for a Socialist presidential candidate.
Many Millennials (those born between 1981-1996) are wary of our current system. They have witnessed one of the most partisan eras in American history and a system that desperately needs reform. Socialist may sound compassionate, but it is actually antithetical to everything the Bible teaches! It is based on a materialistic worldview, which is its basis.
To Socialists, all that really exists is the material world. To Socialists, suffering is caused by the unequal distribution of stuff, and success is achieved by the redistribution of stuff. There is no acknowledgment of spiritual issues. There is just an assumption that if everyone is given equal stuff, all the problems in our society would somehow dissolve. This view contradicts Christianity which teaches that mankind’s greatest problems are spiritual! Therefore, Jesus would not support Socialism.
As the parable of the talent (Matthew 25:14-30) shows, those with good character tend to accumulate more. Each one of these men in this parable received talents in proportion to their ability, and so do God’s children today. The five-talent man came back with 10. The two-talent man came back with 4. The Lord said, “Well done.”
When we stand before Christ at the judgment day, the one supreme question will be, “Have you been faithful in the use of your talents?” It will matter little how much wealth we have accumulated.
To one of these men, the Lord gave but one talent; because his abilities were not as great as the others. As soon as he had received the one talent, he went and hid his Lord’s money and refused to use it. Notice the attitude of this one-talent man when the Lord demanded a reckoning. He said, “I knew that thou art a hard man, so I hid my talent.” He thought his duty was too exacting, and his Lord was too demanding, so he returned his talent. In condemning this man, the Lord said, “Thou wicked and slothful servant.” He was wicked because of his wrong attitude toward his master, thinking him to be a slave driver and taskmaster. He was slothful, because he hid his talent and refused to use it for the Lord.
What is the application to Millennials? At the present time, many Millennials are not contributing anything to our society -- they are not using their talents. Their idea of insisting upon getting whatever they want and making other people pay for it, under the guise of fairness, is completely wrong. Therefore, Jesus would not support this attitude.
The Millennials have more opportunities to succeed than any of those who came before them. They need to appreciate the opportunities they have and not feel entitled. The bottom line is, you don’t get rich without working. Be challenged to go out into the world, leave Socialism behind, learn to take care of yourself and remember the redemption of your soul is the only true success.