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What Does the Bible Say About Socialism?

What Does the Bible Say About Socialism?

By David Jeremiah

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Socialism and Marxist thought emerged long after the Bible was written, but that does not mean Scripture is silent about the trouble behind this ideology. The Bible lays out many economic principles that point us away from socialist concepts. Consider these verses:

There is dignity in work.

Ephesians 4:28: “Let him who stole steal no longer, but rather let him labor, working with his hands what is good, that he may have something to give him who has need.”

Trust God’s ability to provide through the local church.

Luke 10:7: “And remain in the same house, eating and drinking such things as they give, for the laborer is worthy of his wages. Do not go from house to house.”

Laziness should not be tolerated.

2 Thessalonians 3:10: “For even when we were with you, we commanded you this: If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat.”

Scripture affirms providing for our families and saving for the future.

Proverbs 13:22: “A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children, but the wealth of the sinner is stored up for the righteous.”

Thrift is encouraged.

Proverbs 21:20: “There is desirable treasure, and oil in the dwelling of the wise, but a foolish man squanders it.”

The Lord expects us to be wise stewards of the resources He gives us.

Matthew 25:27: “So you ought to have deposited my money with the bankers, and at my coming I would have received back my own with interest.”

We have a right to protect our private property and seek restitution when it is stolen.

Exodus 22:7: “If a man delivers to his neighbor money or articles to keep, and it is stolen out of the man’s house, if the thief is found, he shall pay double.”

Private property is an asset that we can use for the benefit of God’s people.

Acts 4:34-37: “Nor was there anyone among them who lacked; for all who were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the proceeds of the things that were sold, and laid them at the apostles’ feet; and they distributed to each as anyone had need. And Joses, who was also named Barnabas by the apostles (which is translated Son of Encouragement), a Levite of the country of Cyprus, having land, sold it, and brought the money and laid it at the apostles’ feet.”

Scripture teaches us to respect the personal property of others.

Exodus 20:15: “You shall not steal.”

We should be content with what we have, even if others have more.

Exodus 20:17: “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor’s.”

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