God is not a communist
Many apologists for the progressive agenda, especially the Social Gospel, want to portray our God and Jesus Christ as being socialists. The examples the progressives give for this are about giving to charity, being generous, and sharing everything in common as the early Christians did in the Acts of the Apostles. This view of Christianity is flawed in that there are many more examples of God and Jesus pointing out to their followers that people should be self-reliant and entrepreneurial.
One story that jumps out of the Old Testament is in the book of Numbers. When the Hebrews were liberated from slavery in Egypt and were wandering in the desert, God provided bread from heaven to provide for their nourishment. After a while they began to complain because they were used to eating meat in Egypt and began to demand meat.
The Lord heard their wailing and told Moses to tell the people this:
“Consecrate yourselves in preparation for tomorrow, when you will eat meat. The Lord heard you when you wailed, ‘If only we had meat to eat! We were better off in Egypt!’ Now the Lord will give you meat, and you will eat it. You will not eat it for just one day, or two days, or five, ten or twenty days, but for a whole month – until it comes out of your nostrils and you loathe it – because you have rejected the Lord, who is among you, and have wailed before him, saying, ‘Why did we ever leave Egypt?’” – Numbers 11:18-20 (NIV)
One may wonder why God would want His people to loathe meat. He had been giving them enough with the Manna. He provided for all of His people exactly what they needed every day; and on the day before the Sabbath, He gave them twice as much. This was so they did not have to labor for food on the Sabbath.
This passage is anti-socialist because it demonstrates how people who rely solely on others for their needs to be met become dissatisfied with what they get. They will always want more and what they think is better. The people had even begun longing for their chains again so that they could eat meat. They had begun to throw the gift of freedom and Manna back into God’s face because they were not satisfied with simply having their needs met. Since they were so unappreciative, He gave them so much meat that He hoped they would choke.
Here in the United States it seems that we have come to this point. A large percentage of the population have been getting benefits from the government for so long that they are now expecting more and more. What began as programs to make sure people have enough to eat and basic healthcare, temporarily, has evolved into free cellular phones and free housing for generations of poor people. The Lord was providing Manna in the desert as a temporary measure for the Hebrew people to get them from Egypt to the Promised Land. He never intended for the Manna to be a permanent food source as government programs to assist the poor were never intended to be permanent. People must learn to be self-reliant because as in the Old Testament the Manna will stop coming from heaven eventually. In a paraphrase of former British Prime minister Margaret Thatcher’s comments on socialist programs – the government is not God and will eventually run out of other people’s money.