From opportunities to legitimate wealth; is that even possible in today’s economy? Right now, most people are fearful of losing their job. They want some security for their future; even if it is one of socialism. From opportunities in capitalism, to security of socialism. Which leads to more happiness?

When we left of from yesterday’s blog, we asked the question: “why in 1620, did a whole bunch of Christians at Plymouth Rock reject socialism?” If there were any group of people that should have adopted it, it should have been Christians. You know, it is the Christian creedo… help out your brother, and subscribing to the “no work – no eat” rule. So why did the socialistic society end up being a dud?

When I started this article, I thought it would be one reason. When I woke up this morning, I found several more. I’m now convinced that there are more biblical reasons than I can count. But lets look at a couple of them.

First and foremost, when you are compelled to work – where you don’t have a choice and it takes food out of your mouth – for someone else’s pleasure, it is called slavery.

It is not in God’s plan that there be anyone else you labor for, except him. It is the first commandment of the important 10. And even there, God is all about “free-will.” That means he wants you to have the choice of serving him.

So even if you willingly sign a contract to enslave yourself, such as did the Mayflower pilgrims, there is going to be a nagging tug on your soul that something isn’t right about slavery.

And even if you aren’t a Christian, the same rules apply. If you are enslaved to work for someone else’s monetary gain, you are moving away from an opportunity to choose to work for God. He doesn’t want you going in the wrong direction, so you’ll feel it in your soul.

I think the pilgrims felt this too. They were working to pay off the debts of someone else, in addition to their own. It only takes a little bit of smarts to realize that not everyone in the group was doing the same amount of work. The strong young men were aware that they were doing more than everyone else. So they thought, “why should I bust my butt more than the guy next to me.” He gets the same amount of reward for the work as you do, and he’s doing less work. So you’ll do less work too.

That was the downward spiral that almost lead to the collapse of the colony.

My feeling is that the pilgrims knew something else about “work” too. They also knew that God rewards people individually for hard work.

For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father’s glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what he has done. Matthew 16:27 (NIV)

The group isn’t rewarded, it is the individual. By the same token, why would you want to be punished for the group’s poor performance when you were doing all the work?

And speaking of the rewards, they are in “this lifetime,” not just in eternity. We see this from this passage in the Bible:

“Restrain your voice from weeping
and your eyes from tears,
for your work will be rewarded,
declares the LORD.
“They will return from the land of the enemy.
So there is hope for your future,”
declares the LORD.
“Your children will return to their own land.
Jeremiah 31:16-17 (NIV)

There are three important things we see here. First and foremost, work is rewarded. It says that specifically, and it is also consistent with other passages from the bible.

Second, God wants people to own land. He wants you to own land too. Why? Because he knows that you’ll take better care of it if you own it, compared to just renting it.

In socialism, people cannot allowed to own land. Private property is the bane of socialists. Why? Because even if everyone owned the same amount of land, some land would be more valuable than other parcels. Who wouldn’t want a nice ocean front view in southern California, versus a view of a garbage dump? Or if you were a farmer, wouldn’t you want fertile land in Iowa than dry-dusty land in New Mexico? There would always be envy from one person to another. And in a socialist society, you can’t have that, or it wouldn’t be a utopia. Therefore, you can’t allow anyone to own anything, so that there is no opportunity for envy.

Additionally, the pilgrims knew this verse too:

If anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for his immediate family, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever. 1 Timothy 5:8 (NIV)

In socialism, someone else is providing for your family. So this would be a slap in the face of the man in the house. This pressure from within would eat at him, and he’d look for ways to put aside some resources for his family. Which leads to a black-market economy of course. That is the inevitable outcome of any socialistic experiment.

There are a lot of passages in the bible that the pilgrims would have known and understood. Because of them, they would have felt totally justified in not going along with the rules as soon as they saw their neighbor slacking off.

It was only when people were allowed to keep the full reward and reap the benefits from their work that the colony began to prosper.

Right now, there are many people that want to give socialism another try. They think that things are different now since we have newer technology and we’re more enlightened. And they are bound and determined to force it upon the rest of society. I predict that they will try to use passages from the bible to try to brow-beat the Christians into submission. You’ll probably hear phrases from them like: “Render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s” or “whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men” (Colossians 3:23). These were the same things told to the black slaves in the 1800’s. And in regards to socialism, they are taken out of context and they are not part of God’s plan to prosper you. That is why there will always be resistance from Christians against socialism.

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19 Responses to “From Opportunities To Legitimate Wealth”

  1. Mark says:

    I am really enjoying and agree with your conclusions! Individual work ethic that allows for reward encourages innovation, creativitiy and productivity. Looking forward to more!

    Direct Selling Advice, Leveraging Relationships for Long-term Profit

  2. Socialism is by its very nature atheistic, in that it is attempting to replace God with man. Socialism is unnatural and in practice will always fail, but only after it morphs into tyranny and oppression.

    I have found it a general rule that when someone else wants to do something for me or to me \for my own good\ it’s best to resist and avoid it.

    Steve Chambers
    Body Language Expert

  3. Peggy Larson says:

    I agree with you. People like to work for themselves and reap what they sow and then keep it, or share it as they see to.

    Peggy Larson
    Quilting – Colors and Fun!

  4. I don’t see how socialism can work anywhere. I do like the theory, but I think the problem is that it only works in theory!

    Lisa McLellan
    Babysitting Services, Nanny Services, and Nanny agencies

  5. Important balances are needed to offset greed and abuse, to encourage hard work and respect and protection of rights on both sides: employer and employee.

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  6. Mike Norris says:

    Yes people want to work for themselves and not someone else. I think hard work will be rewarded.


  7. Rob Northrup says:

    John Galt said it in Atlas Shrugged…

    “I swear by my life and my love of it that I will never live for the sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for mine.”

    Seize the Day,

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  8. Like Lisa said, I like the idea of socialism, but it is hard to put into practice. People are inherently self-interested. I am a big believer in being rewarded for your individual work (probably because I am on the hard working end of the spectrum). There are times and reasons people need help, but slackers should not be rewarded for doing nothing.

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  9. The idea of socialism scares me because you have to take from others to make up for those who are not willing to or do not have to work. Great points right on topic.
    Scott Sylvan Bell
    Now go implement!

  10. I can’t imagine a economy surviving where people think they don’t need to produce.

    David Escalante
    Roofing Company San Francisco & Marin

  11. alam ghafoor says:

    Every philosophy when presented in it’s purest form can be attractive…the problem arises when we put it into practise and human nature interacts with it..we all need certain basics in our life ….Some of us need to expand and exceed our own expectations and those of others thus conflicts arise.

  12. I totally agree with what Steve said! Great Post!

  13. bryan says:

    Work ethic means more then most things..most people don’t want to accept that.

  14. Hi Tim,

    Excellent points about applying wisdom from the Bible for how to legitimately earn and possess wealth. Isn’t it in Deuteronomy where God Himself points out that it is He who blesses us and one of the ways He chooses to bless us is with wealth? Additionally, He gave land ownership to the specific tribes of the Hebrews to divvy up amongst the tribe to be owned by the families. Ownership and that whole idea is from Him. He ordained it, planned it, blessed it. When we think we know better, well, we find we don’, do we?

    Happy Dating and Relationships,

    April Braswell
    Christian Dating Expert and Internet Personals Dating Coach

  15. Dale Bell says:

    Render unto Ceaser what is Ceasers but we are not told to give him everything willingly. I work hard for my family and I know you do to but if I have to work hard for your family without compensation I do not think I would be interested. I guess they call that Socialism

  16. You made me think of how I was so much more concerned with my grades when I was paying for the education…We need to own our own land. It makes all the difference.
    Great points
    Jen B
    The Harwood Group – Tinnitus, Chronic Illness, Fears, and Anxiety

  17. So much more progress is made when you can reap the rewards of your labor. When you are responsible for your own fate, you tend to put your money where your mouth is and it’s better for all.
    jen B
    The Harwood Group – Tinnitus, Chronic Illness, Fears, and Anxiety

  18. Having grown up on welfare, this topic really hits home for me because I would see so many people who would spend more time trying to game the system to get more welfare money or benefits than they would trying to get work or better educate themselves.

    They always just assumed the money was free and never made the connection that the moeny came from the people who worked their tails off & paid all the taxes.

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  19. Austin says:

    Hey, Is the word “LORD” even Christian? Because the more I read into the Bible and non-popular translations the more it sounds to me like the book is actually saying “Don’t be a vampire!”

    Also, In Matthew Chapter 4 (And surely you know this) the Devil tempts Jesus to do stupid things by quoting scripture out of context. I see you talked about the same thing happening, being told by Socialists.

    Finally, I link to you this page titled “God is not God’s name” It’s one that when I think of, I feel something as though I’m bursting with energy! Am I bursting with energy when I think of it? It totally goes against vampires!