First - The idea of Jesus supporting one form of government over another cannot be corroborated in the Bible. Jesus had many opportunities to found
His own system, or support the systems that existed at the time, most notably when the crowd attempted to crown Him in John 6:15. Why did He not do
so, and save us from so much headache? I have two theories; one, it was not the appointed time for Him to do so, and two, He understood well the
nature of mankind. If we follow Christian doctrine that sin is inherent, it would only be a matter of time (a generation or two) before someone would
seize control and twist His idea (that is, if everything still held to Old Testament prophecy) for their own ends.
Two - Was Jesus a Socialist? Absolutely not, under the following modern definition.
World Governments and Economies
He was a Humanist, but only to a certain extent, as He knew His time and actions on the Earth were severely limited. Neither God, nor Jesus, felt
compelled to establish a form of government for the here and now, that is, during our limited existence as imperfect human beings. We're supposed to
suck it in, keep worshipping God, and wait for Judgment. At that point, reference Revelation chapter 22, where God will take the throne and with the
Lamb (Jesus) rule as kings forever. (I'm not liking verse 3, either, which states there will still be slaves in God's perfect kingdom, or the fact
that God's authority throughout the Bible reads too much like a take-it-or-leave-it-and-die dictatorship, but maybe that's Constantine's
fabrication, and if so, then what isn't?)
Three - Whether we follow Christian doctrine or not, everyone must admit (expect for a few exceptionally thick people that believe we're at the
pinnacle of evolution) that human beings are imperfect and subject to varying degrees of corruption. It follows therefore that even if an idea started
off with pure and lofty intentions, others would eventually come along and become seduced by the implemented idea's power and usurp it for
themselves. Capitalism sounds good; you work hard, you get rewarded for this, you buy a lot of stuff, you live a happy life. In practice, a small
circle of affluent people control nearly everything and a large portion of the population figuratively starves. Then there is Socialism, where you
work hard, but as part of a larger family, and you share your productivity with some who try as hard as you do, and some who don't, but through your
contribution to the whole, you live a happy life. In practice, again, a small circle gets to decide who gets what, and a larger portion figuratively
starves. Either way, in the Darwinistic or bee colony scenarios, control and subjugation of the masses is paramount to making the actual system lumber
along, and the hierarchy will go to extraordinary means to to ensure it keeps its hands on the reigns, and on our combined efforts.
My conclusion is this; without both a collective and an individual conscience, without exercising sympathy towards those suffering from disease,
hunger or poverty, we will be one step closer towards being an animal, and one step farther from being at the side of God, or Creation, or whatever
you believe in, and any government set up by human hands is ultimately destined for failure.