a reply to: boymonkey74
The spirit of greed rules this world.
The closest to Christian socialism that would be found in the Bible is the prediction in Revelations about when the Devil is cast from Heaven and goes
after the woman with child. But she will have wings like an eagle to live in the wilderness in security for a time. She will give birth to the man
child. The devil will come to devour the child, but a flood will interfere with the devil's attack. Combine that with the new converts being asked
to sell all that they have and bring it to the apostles to divide among the brethren. However, the purpose was not socialism. Their intent was not
to live their lives working in a mausoleum. The intent was to use that money to provide everyone's food and clothing while supporting the ministry.
It was the first harvest of souls. It had to be done quickly. There was never an intent for that same method to continue for 2000 years. It was
obvious that the mind of the world would turn away from God and instead use His name to justify their domination of it.
There was an END, a reason.
Socialism has no reason, and no end, not for the common person, because you cannot ever, ever, ever, in this world, possibly guarantee to the world
that it will be better. You simply cannot. People are too lazy, selfish, and hurt. But it has somewhat of a reason and somewhat of an end to a
future dictator, though, the dictator will die as well. For the mortal, these things detract from the freedom to serve for the betterment, nay,
salvation, of others.
If you are too busy working to pay the bills because you haven't yet figured out that this is not all there is to life, then you won't have the
freedom to make more money to pay the bills and also to help others. As well, you won't have the freedom to determine what the whole point of what
you're doing really is. The irony is that the single people should be more wise to this information than whole families. Whole families may worry
about the bellies of their children, but single people technically do not have anyone else to serve. But yet, I find that it is those with families
who indeed to realize these things. It is because it is not just the bellies of the children we consider. It is their personality, their
intelligence, their attitude, their strength, their humility, and their future which we think about.
I will not teach my children that the daddy they think is so smart is a pushover in this world. Though I serve and am patient with the most unruly
people (because the most unruly people usually are prematurely judged and no one has yet heard them), that does not make me a push over. But the most
aggressive and greedy and thoughtless people find themselves at odds with me for the sake of my children. They will see perseverance, they will see
dedication, integrity, wisdom, loyalty; they will not see fear, laziness, whining, succumbing to the will of the lesser. They will not see someone
who panders to the celebrity, neither who retires from the homeless. They will see a fraction of what they should be, and they should use it for the
The community will not raise my children because the community has become less than what it should be.
I do not care for ism. I do not care for anyone else's standard. If it's not excellence in every single area, I don't want it - where excellence is
first and foremost the actual and true respect of God, and not the weak dismissive "sure" respect of God. Where the respect of God is revealed, not
by using the same old arguments and terms, but by proving through ability and action the few words necessary to simply define what was witnessed.
Then excellence is in loving people. Loving people requires much action. But today, because knowledge is considered the epitome of reason (by the
misguided, by the way), it is not easy to love people without having knowledge or the uncanny ability to obtain it. Unfortunately love these days is
so poorly defined and misunderstood. Love these days is an overly sensitive whiner not getting what they want and someone giving it to them and
saying they love them. Love these days is patting people on the back who say, "I'm good enough. That's right." Love these days is "Down with the
rich, we're for the poor!" Liars. Love these days, to the world, IS a lie. As long as you tell your friends what they want to hear, they'll love
Finding a friend that is willing to let you be a true friend is like finding a diamond in the forest at night. Finding a friend that is a true friend
to you is almost as difficult as seeing God Himself.
Socialism may try to gain adherents any way it pleases. It's not for me or mine.