Desiring God put out a great article today on Socialism.
I appreciated the article for it’s tone, balance, and the fact that the author himself has come out of the system of poverty. My own experience of growing up in welfare identifies a lot with what he writes. I also appreciate his focus on the heart, family, and true societal change. These get to the heart of the gospel.
Great quotes from the article:
- In other words, Socialism borrows the compassionate aims of Christianity in meeting people’s needs while rejecting the Christian expectation that this compassion not be coerced or forced. – author quoting John Piper
- Though my grandmother only received an eighth grade education and grew up in complete poverty, by the grace of God, she is the reason the poverty cycle was eliminated in one generation.
- As my grandmother and other recipients of social programs reveal, it is unquestionably false that everyone who benefits from social programs are lazy and will remain lazy. But it is equally false that social programs are essential to bringing families out of poverty or are necessary for a thriving society.
- The economic rise of blacks began decades earlier, before any of the legislation and policies that are credited with producing that rise. The continuation of the rise of blacks out of poverty did not — repeat, did not — accelerate during the 1960s. – author quoting Thomas Sowell, black economist
- Christians don’t fight for low tax rights to store up treasures on earth, but to invest in our neighbors and fellow laborers for the advancement of the gospel.
- When Luke writes in Acts 2:44–45, “All who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need,” what he means is that every need was being met by other believers, even if they had to sell things that they owned in order to help meet them — and this was done freely. It didn’t remove, but rather presumed, the ownership of private property. – author quoting John Piper
These are interesting days to live in, especially for the Huy household. As my kids get old enough to process the world around them, it’s been interesting to step into the discussion of politics with them. One of my hopes is to help my children think clearly and biblically about the rhetoric they hear.