First, allow me to clarify that, technically, Jesus is a monarch because he is the “king of kings.” However, if we overlook this we would find that he is about as socialist as Marx himself. If Jesus had it his way he would more than likely have society set up in a socialistic manner and there are several verses which would easily prove this.
It is unfortunate that those who believe represent Christians the most (Republicans/Conservatives), are also the people most in favor of removing any social safety nets. It is important to note that in the Christian community Jesus is believed to be the most compassionate and loving person to have ever roamed the earth and here are a few bible verses to show just how compassionate he is, specifically to the poor:
2 Corinthians 8:13-15 For I do not mean that others should be eased and you burdened, but that as a matter of fairness your abundance at the present time should supply their need, so that their abundance may supply your need, that there may be fairness. As it is written, “Whoever gathered much had nothing left over, and whoever gathered little had no lack.”
Acts 2:44-45 And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need.
Luke 3:11 And he answered them, “Whoever has two tunics is to share with him who has none, and whoever has food is to do likewise.”
Galatians 6:2 Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.
1 John 3:17 But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him?
Matthew 19:21 Jesus said to him, “If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.”
Acts 20:35 In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”
Matthew 19:23 And Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly, I say to you, only with difficulty will a rich person enter the kingdom of heaven.
Luke 18:25 For it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.
As you can see, Jesus not only shows compassion for those who are poor, but also believes it is reprehensible to have an abundance of wealth while there are so many in poverty. This also happens to be the central message of socialism. There are several differing types of potential socialistic societies, but they all have meeting the basic necessities of each person as a goal. In true unregulated capitalism this does not necessarily occur. In the United States we currently have a socialistic style of capitalism because we have publicly funded programs such as the police department, fire department, and schools available to each person regardless of their economic status. We also have a progressive tax which means we tax the rich disproportionally higher than the middle-class or poor (although tax loopholes don’t allow this to truly occur). Unfortunately, it does not go far enough. The poverty rate is still extremely high, there are homeless people despite the nation having enough homes, there are people who go hungry despite the nation having an abundance of food, and health care is still considered a privilege instead of a public good. We have a sufficient amount of resources to lift every individual out of poverty. However, this does not occur due to the little amount of help that is directed towards the people that need it most. When considering voting for a society with lower taxes and no social safety nets or a more socialistic society with a higher progressive tax and more adequate social safety net, ask yourself one question; What would Jesus do?
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