How I Know Jesus Isn’t a Socialist

Christ won’t make you do right, if He did that, the world we live in would look much different. The enemy can’t make you sin, otherwise, we would have already destroyed ourselves. Christ gave us the right to be free, but we have to choose freedom.

II Corinthians 9:7 states, “Each of you should give as you have decided in your heart to give. You should not be sad when you give, and you should not give because you feel forced to give. God loves the person who gives happily”.

If your wealth is re-distributed then it wasn’t a decision of your heart. If someone forces you to give, then how would you be anything other than sad and angry? No one happily gives up their money when they are forced. Have you ever heard anyone being happy about paying taxes? No. And I’m not suggesting anyone not pay their taxes, because Jesus also said we should render unto Caesar that which belongs to Caesar. But, I am saying that beyond reasonable taxes, no one’s wealth should be re-distributed based on the arbitrary judgement of the government or the church.

As Christians, we have a duty to work. In the 3rd chapter of II Thessalonians, Paul tells them that anyone who refuses to work should not eat. I don’t think this meant that Paul would have intentionally made someone go hungry when they didn’t have a job. I think this meant that the person who had refused to work “should” not take advantage of those that were working.

I know that I’m not the only one to begrudge the amount of taxes that I am paying so that many (not all), can take advantage of a broken system, and eat the benefits that I am working for. But Paul goes on to say that we should never treat these people as enemies, and we are to warn them.

Paul has told us that we should pray that we will be protected from stubborn and evil people, because not all people believe. I think this message, like the rest of God’s Word, is timeless. We have to remember that people who do not believe, people who believe differently than we do, are not the enemy. The enemy is the roaring lion seeking whom he can devour. Most people are used as tools by the principalities of darkness, and we have to remember that. We must warn people about him in love, not forcing them to believe as we do, but educating them about what we know. 

Proverbs 9:10 says that wisdom begins with respect for the Lord, and understanding begins with knowing the Holy One. Many still do not know Him, and it is our duty to introduce Him to everyone we meet. I believe we will be held accountable for those we had contact with and failed to tell them about the Good News of Jesus Christ.

Jesus believes in equal justice, not social justice.  We all have free will so that we can decide what Jesus wants us to do. Not all of our work is the same. Some are hands, some are feet, some are eyes and some are ears. We shouldn’t judge another’s work, but we should all be working. We are not forced, but we are responsible for delivering the message, and as children of God, we are doing this happily. The hearers of the message must decide what they will do with the Good News. We are not responsible for their salvation, but we are responsible for confessing that Jesus is Lord, and letting others know what He has done for us.

Will you tell someone about  what Jesus has done for you this week? Will you speak above a whisper in public about how Jesus picked you up when you were down? We will be taxed on a bill or on a paycheck sometime soon and that money will be distributed by our government as they see fit, but will we be so angry and stubborn feeling that we have done enough, that we will refuse to work for Jesus, refuse to tell the lost about the wonders of His presence in our lives? We cannot eat the fruit of His blessings unless we are working, because Jesus isn’t a Socialist, and He does not redistribute blessings.

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