“We can’t keep socializing our losses and privatizing our profits.” – Jon Stewart
Don’t get your panties in wad, I’m no socialist. I do, however, believe that it can help our country. I find myself a registered independent, rooting for the libertarians, and leaning left in the end. Why? Because I hate government. I don’t trust them with… well pretty much anything. But as crappy a job as they do sometimes, they do. That’s right: they do. They fail, but they do. If you don’t like what they do, instead of bitching, do. What can you do to change the system? What can you do to create the government you want? What are you willing to do to make changes?
What can you do to make your politics real?
- If you are going to insist that women have all their babies, are you willing to adopt a couple of children? Is that a sacrifice and joy you are willing to have to make your politics a reality?
- Life extends beyond the womb. When that child is born, are you willing to support it? If that child lives below the poverty line and needs government assistance for healthcare and for food, will you deny it?
- Maybe you’ve protested or stood on the side of gay marriage, but have you built a relationship with a person who identifies as a homosexual?
- Have you ever taken a chance to talk with a girl considering an abortion? To try to empathize with her and understand her fear?
- If you are ready to endorse war, have you ever thought about those innocent lives that will inevitably be lost? Is it worth it? Would you send your children? Not you. Your children?
Can you picture Christ saying, “That’s not my problem, Thomas. Better that their stomachs are empty than they become overly dependent on someone in authority to provide loaves and fishes for them. Where will it end? Will I have to feed them everyday?” When instead he fed the 5,000. (If Jesus were an American evangelical) Like we are seeing with the war in Iraq and Afghanistan. Sometimes we are willing to jump in line with a cause but unwilling to think of every implication and follow all the way through. What are you willing to do?
What does this have to do with socialism? At the beginning of the post I mentioned that I root for Libertarians, but end up leaning left. How is this possible? I want to put the government out of business. There are needs in our country and abroad. To deny that is to deny truth, and I won’t have the needy dying while I try to make this country what I want. So, I vote left. But I don’t want it to stay this way. I want to put them out of business. I want churches and individuals to step the hell up and do! I want churches to run effective assistance programs. I want them to take care of the needy and poor and not just spiritually. I want people to tithe to churches who are doing those things. And I want to socialize our assets on a ground roots level. I want those who have more than enough to open their checkbooks, and spend some of their free time and give to those who don’t have enough. We, as Christians; we, as churches, need to step up and do what we are supposed to do and do it well. People are always saying that the government is less efficient; cost and distribution-wise. Well then, let’s take it off their hands. Let’s pull our resources and do it better.
We need to start being serious. What is the root of our decisions? Is it God or is it money? We cannot serve two masters. When you consider a political option are you asking if it’s morally responsible or fiscally responsible? If it’s right, does it matter how much it costs? When Jesus gave that bread out, there was more than enough. Is Jesus not capable of doing that today? Is Jesus now irrelevant?
Remember, that’s not your money. It’s God’s money. You don’t need to worry about it being stolen from you. It’s not yours. God is in control and God will handle any injustice against Godself. Are you able to put it in God’s hands? Are you willing?
- “My Future is in Christ.. not in President Obama.” This is a blog by an honest self-searching young woman about this topic of personal responsibilities.
- Check out the whole post of the excerpt I cited from “If Jesus were an Evangelical” titled “The Not-so-Social Gospel.” It’s both funny and quite poignant.
- Christian Healthcare Ministries. A socialized insurance program. The Biblical solution to healthcare.
- Find a Local Church or Charitable organization to donate time and money too.
- International Efforts: World Vision; Christian Relief Fund
I’m still learning and striving too. This is my challenge. This is my prayer.