• No … Sigh … Christianity Doesn’t Recommend Socialism in Any of Its Forms

    Daily Surge Summary: A popular Christian minister shoots down the falsehood that Christianity and Socialism are in any way compatible. 

    “Well, the first-century Church was socialist, y’know.”

    It’s one of those hardy perennials that comes up periodically from people who know just enough about the Bible to be dangerous. No, the early community of Jesus followers was not Socialist – certainly not in the contemporary understanding of that very charged word.

    Thankfully, Steve Jordahl (OneNewsNow.com) provides this info:

    A well-known Baptist minister is holding back no punches while preaching about the dangers of socialism, as leftist leaders such as Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez – not to mention schools – continue to push the failed political system on Americans.

    Former Southern Baptist Conference (SBC) President Jack Graham – pastor of Plano, TX’s 42,000-member Prestonwood Baptist Church – let the anti-Socialist truth rip in one of his latest sermons titled straightforwardly, “Socialism and Capitalism.”

    “No one serious about their Christian faith can be serious about supporting socialism,” Graham argued. “Socialism is totally secular, and [is] predicated on atheism. That is a fact.”

    Framing the struggle between Christian and socialist ideals as a clash that goes well beyond Republican and Democrat partisan politics, Graham portrays it as an overarching battle between contradicting worldviews.

    “Socialism is a political and philosophical economic system in which there is government ownership of the means of production, and the primary focus [is] on providing equality.”

    The Baptist leader insists socialism in any form poses a threat to Christians and their freedoms.

    “I’m telling you, at the very core of this philosophy – and yes, this political economic system – is atheism. You say, ‘Well, that was then. That’s old style,’ … It would be a catastrophic miscalculation to think that socialist hostility towards religion – and Christianity specifically – has changed in any way since Karl Marx.”

    No denying, in ways glaring and subtle, history has borne out the preacher’s clarion warning.

    Helen Raleigh, who has written about her family’s persecution under Chinese communism, sounds a similar claxon for those who will hear:

    “Democratic socialism is a bait-and-switch scam,” Raleigh argued. “It offers nothing new. It’s no different than the socialism that my great-grandfather experienced. It all begins with great promise – and it will end with misery.”

    Her comments echo those of Edmund Burke who, some two-hundred-thirty years ago declaimed about a movement in his day that, in many ways, mirrored modern, utopian socialistic tenets: “In the groves of their academy, at the end of every vista, you see nothing but the gallows.”

    Given enough time, Socialist governments usually wax violent, anti-Christian, ruthlessly coercive; as in China, Cuba, the now-defunct Soviet Union. More subtly, even underhandedly, as we see in places like impious Europe, socialist-friendly governments seek to shoulder their way into God’s role: provider, guide, enforcer.

    Socialism is hardly a modus vivendi any sentient, alert, Bible-informed Christian ought to endorse, ever.  A life of voluntarily sharing our blessings with others, choosing to conduct ourselves in a spirit of generosity in obedience to our magnanimous God, even sacrificing toward alleviating others’ needs? Absolutely.

    But State-enforced Socialism? Never.

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