One thing that bothers me is that it certainly seems that every time I read a Christian blog, the author drinks the “Socialism is Christian” kool-aid. Given that most churches also partake of the Stalinist beverage to some extent (that includes Rome and to a lesser extent, the Orthodox), I suppose this shouldn’t be surprising. But let’s look at this for a moment from a Christian point of view.
Remember the Ten Commandments? Two are relevant here:
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.
Thou shalt not steal.
How, exactly, does one reconcile the redistribution of wealth with these commandments? Deciding to steal someone’s property “democratically” is still stealing. Theft is theft. John’s property is John’s property, and voting to steal it is voting to steal it, and nothing more. And yes, it’s that black and white.
Socialist governmental policies (entitlement programs, food stamps, welfare, “progressive” taxation) are not only not Christian; they violate the Ten Commandments, and no matter what the official policy of any church may be, they are therefore anti-Christian. Yes, the poor should be helped — willingly, and not by stealing from others.
Yes, the welfare of society is the business of the church — and this is why churches sponsor charities. But churches should condemn welfare programs as the anti-Christian, immoral policies they are.
And that’s my two cents.