By Providence Crowder
Church, Rise Up
Were the Church to lead by example and champion the cause of the sick and downtrodden, the needy would not seek the help of the government; but seek Christ to fulfill their needs. When people are in Christ, they are empowered by the Holy Spirit to live righteously, according to God’s Word. They are taught how to live responsibly and selflessly. They are taught personal responsibility. They are taught to love their neighbor. The people would not be so deceived as to elect governments to do the work that the Church was intended to do. Secular governments would have immense disapproval when they erect themselves in opposition to the Church. Nearly every socialist government has always led to the suppression of Christianity. Were the Church to proclaim the Word of the Lord all over the earth, people would not be overly consumed with temporal matters but instead heed the words of Christ: “Man does not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God” (Matt. 4:4). Jesus said, “The poor you will have with you always” (Matt. 26:11); men will have many opportunities to be charitable. This suggests that there is no permanent solution to poverty in the here and now. Biblically speaking, at a man’s best he is poor and dying outside of fellowship with Jesus Christ.
Despite the best human efforts, the biggest obstacle to the fairness in which socialism supposedly seeks is human sinfulness. Scripture, for example, has demonstrated that some able-bodied men refuse to work and contribute to their own livelihood. These men relish in laziness and delight in blaming others for their failures. Who should bear the burden for these slackers? The Apostle Paul said that these men who choose not to work should not eat (2 Thess. 3:10). Therefore, although socialist governments attempt to rectify disparities within their lands, socialism falls short. It exacerbates the inequities instead of alleviates them. It fails. These governments are only successful in making its citizens substantially deprived slaves of a godless state.
Christ never condoned or advocated for such a system. Christ entrusted the moral responsibility to care for the less fortunate to His church, not the government. The rampant spread of socialism throughout the earth should cause a sleeping Church to wake up, rise and reclaim its rightful place. Preach Christ everywhere, give to those in need, and defend the faith knowing that heaven and earth will pass away, but His Word will live on forever (Lk. 21:33).
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