We left off in the last post talking about the role of government biblical point of view and how the man in charge of the government must have certain qualifications in order to lead government in doing it’s job.
Now here’s where it’s gonna get hairy. What about capitalism and socialism? On the one hand, capitalism has had a bad reputation in the past for not wanting to take care of some of the people who are chewed up and spit out by the system. On the other hand, socialism takes away personal responsibility.
First, I don’t think it is government’s job to take money from some citizens in order to ‘bail out’ some other citizens. Indeed, a sense of justice would dictate just the opposite. Government’s job is to make sure that you are free to exercise your rights in your career choices. We all want to provide for our families. Government doesn’t have the responsibility of setting you up in business, nor does it have the responsibility of bailing you out when your business fails. Government has the responsibility of making sure that you are protected from theft, bodily harm, and corrupt business dealings. But if you try and fail, justice dictates that it is you who have failed and that you are not the responsibility of your fellow man.
Now, compassion in government may cause you to be bailed out, but it is not deserved, nor should it be expected from government. There is a tension between justice and mercy in government. Government should be at the front of the line speaking up for you when you have failed, but not at the expense of it’s other citizens. I think this is the tension that is being walked right now by government, and I think that they have overstepped their bounds, by putting other citizens on the hook for other people’s failures.
I think government should have appealed to it’s citizens to step up and take responsibility for their fellow-citizens. And I think that Americans would have done just that. But instead of doing that, government has acted unjustly on the part of some of it’s citizens and deepened a divide of class in America.
Looking biblically at the issue, we must recognize that Scripture advocates both personal responsibility on the part of the individual (2 Thessalonians 3:10), and personal responsibility to those in need (James 2:14-17). So a biblical view is, in my opinion, anti-socialist in the redistribution of wealth sense, but pro-compassion for the needy. This is really the thrust of the second great commandment, to love our naighbor as ourselves.
That doesn’t necessarily mean that the Bible is pro-capitalism, but choosing between the two systems is pretty much a no-brainer for me. Capitalism helps to give the individual the opportunity to obey both the commandment to take care of himself and his family, as well as the commandment to watch over your neighbor and take an interest in his welfare on a personal level.
How does this relate to the vote? Both major candidates voted for the bail-out of Wall Street, or what I like to call, the sell-out of the American people. That is, they voted to take your money and give it to other people whose businesses has failed, some of which fell through corrupt dealings. That is socialism, and the worst kind of socialism, a socialism that steals from the poor to give to the rich. Robin Hood is standing on his head.
This makes a third-party candidate look all the more appealing. Especially someone like Baldwin who opposes the socialistic leanings of both major parties.
But facts are facts, Baldwin has no chance of winning, which is one reason I suspect he is running. I would like to think that if he thought he had a chance of winning that he would have passed on the opportunity to be a candidate for President in favor of his more important role as Pastor.
But is there value to his candidacy? I think so.