Christianity and Economics

Does it ever occur to you that Christianity and Capitalism are at odds with one another? If we are truly to take our blessings from God and share them with those who need help, would Socialism not be the more logical economic model? The thought has occurred to me.

Christianity calls for you to love your neighbors as yourself. In order to truly do this you would take your blessings and give to those around you who may not be as fortunate as you. Capitalism is all about working hard, earning as much as you can, then collecting as many assets as you can possibly amass based off of that hard work. Socialism is more about the government giving handouts to those who do not have as much as the hard workers. Often times by taxing those who are more successful and earn more than those who are not as successful.

So as Christians, would socialism not fit more in the overall picture of how we are called to live? Yet it seems the majority of Americans are against anything that resembles socialism in anyway. Unless of course they tend to be on the receiving end of those handouts. Why is that?

For me I think the answer is simple. I have no problem helping those who are less fortunate then myself. I give my time, my efforts, even my money as I am able. I’m not against the idea of people who are down on their luck getting help and assistance. But I think it comes down to me to be about me being able to choose to do these things as opposed to being forced to do these things. If I feel like I am doing this because it’s what I want to do, it’s a whole different scenario than when I have no choice.

I know some people would argue that not everyone is willing to give as I am. And that is true. But then again, I think if it forced upon people then people would be less willing to give. The thought could be much along the same lines as a customer who goes to a restaurant with a large party and is assessed a gratuity percentage. They have already been charged that amount so why do we need to leave more? If the government is immediately taking an amount up front, why should a person give more?

So how about you? Has this thought ever occurred to you? What would the reason be for you?

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2 Responses to Christianity and Economics

  1. Heath Capps says:

    In a healthy community, those people you were giving to would ideally be able to give something back to you. For instance, I herd sheep, so I give you wool. You grow corn, you give me corn. All for communities taking care of their own, taking care of each other. But I don’t think taking care of people who could be taking care of themselves or otherwise contributing to their community is any sort of answer for anything. Now, widows, orphans, the sick, disabled, etc–that’s a different story. But folks that can offer something and don’t? In no way do I feel the Bible supports laziness, gluttony, etc.

    • joec0321 says:

      Totally agree. I think that is a big problem with any economic model. In theory, in a perfect world, they all work great. Unfortunately we do not live in a perfect world. There are people who look for the easy way in life and give those who really need the assistance a bad name.

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