Socialism or Capitalism?

Dr Pierre Coovert

This morning I had several things show up on my Facebook account supporting socialism and denigrating capitalism. Some people try to use the following passage to say that the Bible teaches socialism/communism.

Acts 2:44-45 And all that believed were together, and had all things common; And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need.

In this passage we see Christians, during troubled times, saying “What is mine is yours.” In socialism/communism the opposite is said. These philosophies teach “What is yours is mine.”

There is a book title “Law” or “The Law” which was written by a Frenchman to answer Karl Marx’s philosophy of socialism/communism. The book talks about a thing called spoliation which he defines as legalized theft. The word properly means “The taking the fruits of the labor of others without right, but under a pretended title.” In socialism/communism it means “taking from the rich to give to the poor.”

Two of the Ten Commandments deal with this issue:

Exodus 20:15 “Thou shalt not steal.”

Exodus 20:17 “Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour’s.”

Covet has a good sense and a bad sense. In the good sense it means an earnest desire to obtain or possess things which causes one to work hard to earn them. In the bad sense it means an earnest desire to obtain or possess things which cause them to want them taken from those who have earned them and to have them given to the covetous person.

In practice, socialism/communism starts by causing citizens to break the tenth commandment and covet what his neighbour has. The next step is to promise that if socialism/communism is allowed to rule they will take what others have earned and give it to those who have not earned it.

Wherever socialism/communism rules it uses spoliation to take from the rich and give to the poor. The end result is to kill the desire to work hard and become rich (entrepreneurship). Why should one work harder than his neighbour only to have what he earns taken from him and given to his neighbor?

Once one starts living off the efforts of others, he becomes a slave to the government. In socialist/communist countries the people must keep the socialists/communists in power in order to keep their government benefits. The only place the government can obtain the resources to give the poor is to spoliate the rich. When this is done you destroy the entrepreneurial spirit and the creation of wealth ceases.

Our nation is facing an important choice in the upcoming election. We will choose between socialism/communism and capitalism. Under capitalism the standard of living of all will rise. Under socialism/communism the standard of living of all will decline. History has proven this to be true.

Another thing we must understand is that socialism/communism cannot log survive in a free society. Those people who work to produce wealth will eventually rebel against their wealth being taken from the and given to those who will not work. It is therefore necessary to make laws that keep this rebellion in check.

Ephesians 4:28 gives us the true Bible opinion on the issue: “Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.” One is to stop stealing from those who work and start working himself. This will give him the resources to help those in need. Studies show that the more conservative one is, the more he gives to charity. The more liberal (socialist) one is the less he gives to charity. Why to you suppose that is? It is because, if the government is going to take care of the poor and needy, why should I?

Choose carefully in this election!

Copyright 2017 Pierre Coovert, All rights reserved

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