Invariably I get it. The question that I loathe more then anything for multiple reasons. Usually its started by the statement “Jesus was a democrat” or “Jesus was a socialist”. And you know, I can understand the statement when made by someone who has not really read the Bible itself and only hears opaque generalities of what Jesus taught on.

There are two things that I can say that can refute it on its face. The first is that Jesus only mentioned the then current roman government one time in the entire gospel. “Give to Caesar that which is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.” That’s not much of a statement. Just means that God does not necessarily look at money as the only way of tithes, and that if not against Biblical principles causing you to go against God’s will by force of government that you are to follow the rule of law. The other is the Parable of the Talent’s.

Matthew 25:14-30

14 “Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his wealth to them. 15 To one he gave five bags of gold, to another two bags, and to another one bag,[a] each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey. 16 The man who had received five bags of gold went at once and put his money to work and gained five bags more. 17 So also, the one with two bags of gold gained two more. 18 But the man who had received one bag went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money.

19 “After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them. 20 The man who had received five bags of gold brought the other five. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with five bags of gold. See, I have gained five more.’

21 “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’

24 “Then the man who had received one bag of gold came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. 25 So I was afraid and went out and hid your gold in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.’

26 “His master replied, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed? 27 Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest.

28 “‘So take the bag of gold from him and give it to the one who has ten bags. 29 For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. 30 And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

So, one guy was given 5 talents, and he created 5 more. The guy given two created two more. The guy given one did not create any wealth from the seed money he was given. He was either lazy, or timid, or more likely both. His got taken away from him and he was harshly punished. You should use your money, and your talent for the glory of God, and not waste it by not using it. This applies to everything in life. Does this not run in contradiction to the whole thought process of unending charity with no thought to personal responsibility? Its definitely not a democratic or socialistic way of dealing with that situation that allows for individual responsibility. Neither allow for individual responsibility and treat all as the same. Which is why Jamestown colony almost failed.

So, give me a reason, give me something that proves this wrong. How is Jesus a socialist when he is able to say that this is how he would treat those he gave money to? He invested in these people, and expected a profit from them and rewarded them for their work to make him money. Sounds awfully capitalistic to me.

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