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Is Christianity a socialist religion?

The subject of socialism has quietly wafted into the public discourse in America over the last four years. When General Motors underwent Chapter 11 reorganization in 2009, our government bought a large stake in the company: 61 percent. It still owned about 26 percent of GM as of May 2012, and 73.8 percent of Ally Financial, a GM-owned banking and auto finance company. Everyone has heard of “too big to fail”: massive loans extended to various organizations such as AIG, in a government effort to avoid their failures’ consequences on markets, employment, and individual lives. President Obama speaks often of everyone “doing their fair share” or “getting a fair shake”. It’s quite evident he and many in the Democrat party value equality over nearly all other principles that steer this nation.

On a more individual level, President Obama has also invoked the Bible in his arguments for fairness in public policy. Most notably, with regard to raising taxes on the wealthy in order to balance the budget, he cited Luke 12:48: “From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked” (Luke 12:48b, NIV). At first glance, this seems like a reasonable assertion. The fact that Scripture makes this statement gives Obama’s words more authority, on their surface. And it makes one wonder: Does Christianity, via the Bible, preach socialism?