God and the Bible Support Private Enterprise and Reject Socialism
1 Thessalonians 4:11,12
11 And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you; 12 That ye may walk honestly toward them that are without, and that ye may have lack of nothing.
28 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.
2 And found a certain Jew named Aquila, born in Pontus, lately come from Italy, with his wife Priscilla; (because that Claudius had commanded all Jews to depart from Rome:) and came unto them. 3 And because he was of the same craft, he abode with them, and wrought: for by their occupation they were tentmakers.
Private businesses are the most powerful means of pulling people out of poverty in the world; it’s really the only sustainable means of doing so. History has already proven it, and it’ll be the same in the future.
We are to stop stealing individually, as well as via government-enforced redistribution schemes, and work with our hands to supply our needs and the needs of our families.
After that, we are to share with those in need, especially those of the Christian faith.
This is talked about in the Old Testament as well, where parents were to pass on an inheritance to their children, with the oldest son, if they had one, were to get twice as much in order to compensate them for them for the needed care in their old age.
1 Timothy 5:4 says the same concerning widows.
4 But if any widow have children or nephews, let them learn first to shew piety at home, and to requite their parents: for that is good and acceptable before God.
Requite is another word for paying them back for supporting and providing for their children when they were younger and unable to.
In verse 5:8 it’s clear that those that won’t do this have denied the faith.
8 But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.
The point is the family was the first line of financial defense, with the church helping out widows withing stated parameters if they had no other means of support from family, or if they had outlived all their family.
The government was never meant to be a source of financial support ever. It has supplanted the family in that regard by becoming the parent in place of the father as provider.
Excess taxation and debt-spending syphon off capital from families, pressuring them to comply because of lack of money to do what God has required of them.
There are ways around it through various money management and income-producing ideas and strategies, but most have decided to go the easy route and go along with the state corruption, not understanding how they’re now enslaved to an economic system that has no pity on them or their families.
This is one of the reasons Israel before they entered the Promised Land were told that man does not live by bread alone. Jesus immediately after His 40 days of fasting, said the same thing to Satan when he tempted Him to turn the stones into bread.
What’s important to take away is God has shown us that business, thrift, and smart and hard work allow us to live a life that we consider that of the middle class in our generation. We have enough for ourselves and enough to share with others in need.
The evil of socialism and forced wealth redistribution is it attempts to replace God as the means of blessing in the hearts and minds of people, and makes it much easier for divorces to take place when women see they will have at least the basics of life to live on as supplied by the government and its agencies.
The Federal Reserve in particular, and central banks around the world, are the primary enablers of the corrupt and unbiblical economic system, and Christians need to pray that God gets rid of them. We must raise our voices against these monstrosities in order to work together with God to end the creation of money out of thin air, which eventually will have to be paid back. Just in the U.S. alone estimations are there is over $200 trillion in unfunded liabilities, i.e. promises that can’t be kept. It economy will eventually collapse when the bills can’t be paid.
In our time women are quick to end their marriages because they don’t think they need a man in their lives to support them or the family. In the U.S. women initiate about 80 percent of divorces. That wouldn’t happen with no-fault divorce and government hand outs.
Other excuses are given for the high rate of divorces, but it can be directly traced back to when California initiated easy divorce law. Interestingly, it was thought the men would be among those that bailed out, yet it is U.S. women that have left their husbands in droves.
Corrupt government spending is no excuse for women, yet it definitely is an disincentive to refrain from goign through hard times together and stick it out. This needs to change.
As Christian men in particular, we need to teach and embrace private enterprise as the means God uses to bless us and our families, increasing our skills and making ourselves more valuable to the company we work for, or if we’re entrepreneurs, to our customers.
This is the foundational instruction and revelation revealed throughout the Bible.