A Christian view: Socialism versus Capitalism.
Imagine the home of the free and the brave no longer free. In our opinion, a progressive socialist philosophy, with global aspirations, has infiltrated the Democrat Party, mainstream media, and academia. What about the Republican Party? Has it been besieged by this philosophy too? Is this why elitist in both parties don’t listen to we the people? Is it also why capitalism doesn’t work as it should anymore? What does all this mean for Christians?
As believers, we cannot put our heads in the sand and ignore the changes taking place in our country and world. A free economic system, personal freedoms, and freedom of religion go hand in hand. Remove one of the three and the others suffer. We already see signs limiting our freedoms, especially our freedom of thought and expression. Business owners no longer have the right to refuse service to anyone even if what is being requested is something they don’t support. This is just another method to take our personal freedom from us…to marginalize our beliefs. Freedom of religion is a fundamental right. However, we now have a problem in this country where one faith…Christianity is being limited, while another Islam is being promoted. That is wrong.
Socialists paint a very pretty picture of life under their economic and governmental ideas. Equality for all. Free education, free healthcare, fair compensation for a worker’s time, no excessive work days, plenty of vacation time and a good retirement. Everyone has a home and the amenities for an adequate life. Business, though privately owned, is heavily supervised by government. Business owners are limited in their profits and share the wealth is promoted. Who wouldn’t want this?
Yet, socialism has a dark side, an elite ruling body who controls government and everyone else is subservient. These elite socialists live in better homes than others and are compensated at a higher wage. The general population has no opportunity to better themselves, no matter how hard they work or how many hours they put in. Socialism is political correctness run amuck. Individual rights are nearly non-existent. No freedom of speech, no right to bear arms and protect yourselves or family. Freedom of religion is limited. Faith is ridiculed, believers harassed. Socialists promote secularism. To socialists government is god. Science is used to counter religion in the media and academics. Atheism is the norm and they develop alternatives for religious occasions. Finally, if parents don’t tow-the-line, they lose their children to the state. Any of this sound familiar?
Capitalism, on the other hand, is a free market system where each person has the ability to improve one’s lot in life through hard work, ideas for a business or product, and bringing those dreams alive using long hours, sweat, and determination. In order for this system to work properly, supply and demand must have freedom to work. The lower the supply, the higher the cost versus lots of supply brings a lower cost. Business must be free from heavy regulations, laws, and taxes to work properly. Honesty and integrity are also important. Moral and upright business personnel make a huge difference. Wages are subject to the number of skilled workers. Included in wages are vacation pay, holiday pay, health insurance, and 401K matches. The more highly skilled the worker, education or training of the workforce, whether in college or trade school dictates how high his or her wages will be. The number of skilled laborers also dictates compensation. Even uneducated workers can improve their lot through hard work.
Sadly, we no longer have a true capitalistic system. Heavy taxes, regulations, and laws don’t allow it to work as it should. All businesses take risk, that’s one of the requirements for starting a business. If it works out, you profit from your investment. If it fails, you lose money. It is a gamble, but the rewards can be great. Unfortunately, in recent years, our government has picked winners and losers. They bail out some businesses while allowing others to fail. It hints of corruption and bribes at the highest levels of government. It harms everyone and is socialism at it’s worst. This is something we are already struggling with.
What scares me? A socialist country is Bernie Sander’s vision for the United States and many people support him. I don’t understand why they want a system of government that will ultimately limit or steal their freedoms. Are free phones, internet, education, etc so important? Don’t they realize ‘free’ always has a cost?
The elite running our government want control and power along with a hand in administering every business and organization. Thus more and more regulations are written each year. Since they do not have to make a profit, bureaucrats don’t care if they cause business to lose money. Yet, everything they poke their fingers in and taken over has run less efficiently. After all it’s just taxpayer dollars.
Both major political parties have allowed socialistic ideology to creep into our government. Both have voted in burdensome regulations and taxes on our businesses along with high taxes on workers. Our media has entirely lost its way and embraces socialism. They will say anything on the news to promote their stand, truth or not. Our colleges and universities are overrun by liberal professors who teach socialist thinking. All promise a utopia if we embrace progressive thinking.
This is all very dangerous for Christians. Marxism, Socialism and Communism promote atheism. They work best with a populous who replaces Father God with government. Instead of relying on God for our needs, these bureaucrats want us to look to government. In most countries who embrace these forms of government, religious freedom is limited and eventually Christians are forced underground.
We are in a dark period in our history with socialist leading the charge away from capitalism. But this path leads to communism…government ownership of all business, total submission to the state by the citizens, and persecution of people of faith. We must voice our opposition and urge a turn back to freedom while we still can. If we stay silent, we lose the most precious part of living in this country…our freedom to worship God, express our faith (which is already suffering), and the right to defend our lives, property, and homes.
We know the darkness is coming, but would appreciate more time to prepare. Besides, when the evil time comes, we will no longer be able to share the love of God or the salvation Jesus offers. We must reach as many as possible before we no longer can. Please share your concerns with those around you and pray God will open hearts and minds. Hopefully we can slow our country’s demise and give us the time we need to finish our preparations. More importantly, we can reach more of the lost and encourage them to come to Jesus.