In a desperate bid to gain popularity for this ideology, young leftists now claim Jesus was a socialist. In this blog, I aim to show you why that is an impossible and illogical claim.
Let’s not waste time reading an economist’s definition of socialism. Since socialism has never worked, it is not entitled to an intellectual definition. But some say that Denmark is proof that socialism works.
However There is a reason the prime minister of Denmark stated in 2015 at the Kennedy School of Government, “I know that some people in the US associate the Nordic model with some sort of socialism. Therefore, I would like to make one thing clear: Denmark is far from a socialist planned economy. Denmark is a market economy.”
One of the best descriptions of socialism is this one from Kayleigh Mc Enany who said, “In the last century, socialism and communism proved to be bankrupt ideologies that crippled economies, impoverished millions, destroyed personal freedom, brought dictators to power, sparked wars and turned millions of people into refugees fleeing their home countries to seek freedom in the U.S. and elsewhere.
Nations in Eastern Europe abandoned the failed ideologies. The Soviet Union broke up. And even Russia and China were forced to adopt some free market practices to improve their economies and the lives of their people.”
To see what I mean ask any socialist this one question: How are you going to pay for it? Prepare the blank stare. Here’s Jesus on that issue: Luke 14: 28 “Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it?29 For if you lay the foundation and are not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule you, 30 saying, ‘This person began to build and wasn’t able to finish.’
Jesus would heartily condemn any scheme that is oblivious to cost.
Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez proposes Medicare for all (Bernie Sanders’ last proposed plan along these lines cost an additional $1.4 trillion per year), a federal jobs guarantee, tuition free college for everyone, repealing the First Amendment, abolishing ICE, and government spending to end an oil-based economy. She’s a member of the Democratic Socialists of America, a group so radical that their New York branch proposes abolishing profits.
Refusing to face the cost is a cornerstone of Bernie Sanders’ road show. Take for example his fantasy about Medicare for everyone. Even a left-leaning study group admitted it would cost $34 trillion. Doubling everyone’s taxes would not make a dent in this single program.
(Did you know that Sanders was once kicked out of a commune for refusing to work? How against work must you be when hippies think you are lazy?)
But there is the dark side of socialism that is in total opposition to Jesus. Jesus taught giving—heart giving. Socialism kills the grace of giving.
Dorothy Sayers, a close friend of C.S. Lewis, and an Anglican Theologian said this, “The difference is, with the true church support is a Gospel concern with gifts of compassion and care; with government it is a legal issue and the money is exacted from the rich in taxes. The sad consequence is that love is thereby eliminated and replaced by law and civic duty.” Socialism indeed kills love.
Jesus said, “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” -Luke 6:38 He taught giving from the heart not forced redistribution of wealth.
Ben Shapiro summed it up, “Socialism is an Immoral, evil, unfair, discriminatory and disgusting system. “Socialism is bad because socialism is tyranny. Not ‘it’s an aspect of tyranny.’ Socialism itself is tyranny.” How could Jesus be a socialist?