Throughout the Gospels He can be found redistributing assets, speaking against the accumulation of wealth, and teaching against using people for your own goals.
Much to the contrary of capitalism Jesus taught that that being rich made it nearly impossible to make it to heaven and that we should extend ourselves in the service of others rather than expect others to extend themselves for us.
Even the Golden Rule, which might be categorized as the summary of Jesus’ philosophy, supports not exploiting others.
The irony is that the United States is a country which was founded by people who professed Christianity and a country in which Christianity still has the most adherents. Yet the government has always privileged the free enterprise system that is so antithetical to Christian principles regarding economics.
Even allowing for the First Amendment prohibition of a national religion, private citizens proclaiming Christianity as their faith ought to be advocates for socialist policies.
In fact there is evidence that early Christians practiced a form of communal living. But the relatively recent history of the Cold War makes communism unpalatable.
This is why socialism is the answer. Socialism allows for individuals to prosper because of their inventiveness while safeguarding those who are not gifted from being oppressed.
Socialism is not synonymous with communism. It is a middle ground between the two extremes of communism and capitalism. And it is What Jesus Would Do.
Trevor Brookins is a free lance writer in Rockland County, New York. He is currently working on a book about American culture during the Cold War. You can reach him at [email protected]