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Social Justice and Scripture: Untie the Knot Pt.11

If the United States was truly exceptional, what has happened to it?

How did the U.S. fall from its place as the world’s beacon of freedom and individual rights? How did the nation of achievers and owners become the “entitlement state” of looters and moochers?

As You Consider Socialism

Socialism in Scripture? For more than one hundred years, the people of the United States have faced the choice of socialism versus freedom.

Generally, the people have spoken out for freedom and individual rights. Politicians have affirmed these values while campaigning, but not while legislating.

As Christians in America consider socialism, they are sometimes told about “welfare” in the Bible. They are told that a “safety-net” is consistent with Christian values. They are told, “God cares for the poor, and so should our nation.”

The Bible does in fact tell Christians to give to the poor. But the question at hand is who controls the giving? Should individuals give of their own goods, of their own choice? Or should a politician decide how much one owes—and to whom one owes it?

So Christians should ask: Does God have anything to say about socialism? Is “welfare” in the Bible? Let’s look into the Bible’s most famous case of “socialism.”

The Human Right that Doesn’t Exist

This article is from Sean Edwards, who blogs here. Thanks for allowing me to re-post your outstanding article!

Sean EdwardsAround the world people believe healthcare is a human right. There are advocacy groups that believe every person has the right to direct access to modern medicine.

This is one of the most noble goals we as a society should have. Every person should have access to modern healthcare.

But something dangerous happens when we label access to healthcare as a natural right.

Social Justice and Scripture: Untie the Knot Pt.10

The United States has been exceptional as the country founded upon a moral idea: individual rights.

The founding fathers recognized man’s rights as inalienable. Rights are discovered, not granted.

Social Justice and Scripture: Untie the Knot Pt.3

It’s a tall claim to say that the Bible supports laissez faire capitalism. Important (even conservative) Christian voices would reject the idea. But it’s the claim I’m making. Over the next several posts I’ll support it.