Daniel Lowe asked an important question: Why is capitalism often thought of as a Christian principle, and socialism evil?
First I would use “free market” rather than capitalism. In capitalism you must have capital to have opportunity, but in a free market you just need initiative. However, in a free market there will be winners, and they will have capital they need to invest, so capitalism is evidence that the free market is working.
Also, both through the model of ancient Israel, and prophecies of the coming Kingdom of God, we are given general principles of God’s government. It is built on righteousness as this is defined by what is right in the sight of the Lord, and justice that insures everyone being treated fairly regardless of position, wealth, race or any other factor. It also established that everyone will enjoy the fruit of their own labor, and eat the fruit of their own tree.
We are also told that “where the Spirit of the Lord is there is liberty,” (2 Corinthians 3;17), and socialism requires centralized control that becomes increasingly controlling the more socialist it is.
They may declare that their decisions are made in the interests of “the people,” but its really all about what is best for the government. Under communism (the ultimate goal of socialism) the party members lived like kings, and every one else lived in extreme poverty.
Under socialism the government is the source, and under free markets the people and their own initiative are their source, or God is the Source for those of faith. One reason socialism has been unrelentingly anti-god or religion is that it seeks to take the place of god for the people.
“Social justice” is a socialist concept that seeks to take care of all of the people by making everyone equal (which excludes the party members, the elite). Again, the result has always been to increasingly impoverish the people by removing initiative. The first colonists to America learned a basic lesson in this when they had a common garden for the first two years, and half of the people starved each winter because so few would work in the garden. The third year they gave every family their own plot to cultivate and no one ever starved to death again.
This is a very brief and superficial answer to this important question, but it is certainly one of the most important issues of our times and worthy of a much more in-depth study.
~ Pastor Rick Joyner
|Pastor Rick Joyner is the founder and executive director of MorningStar Ministries and Heritage International Ministries and is the Senior Pastor of MorningStar Fellowship Church.|