Blessed Communism

Communism is Biblical … well, more or less. Okay, less, way less. But it is in the Bible.

Its basic tenet is, “From each according to his ability; to each according to his need.”

Jesus gave a parable to his disciples as he sat on the Mount of Olives about a man who planned a long journey, so he disbursed his wealth to his trusted servants, each according to his ability. Two of his servants set about investing the funds so their master would return to an increase. But the third servant buried his portion to ensure it wasn’t lost in the money market.

The master was quite pleased with two of his servants for the increase of his funds, so he placed them in charge of many things, according to their ability. The third servant, though, wasn’t so fortunate; he was fired! The moral of this parable is, of course, “Do your best with what you’re given.” So, there’s the “according to his ability” part.

Then, the Lord’s apostle Paul wrote to the Corinthian church that if a man won’t work, he won’t eat. There’s the “according to his need” part. Fair enough, eh?

Now, don’t go out and join the nearest chapter of the Communist Party just because communism is in the Bible. Though God directs his sanctified church to work that way, the theory doesn’t work in the world at large. As with all things Christian, it only works as the product of godly love, and godly love only comes from God, who is love. That means no power-mongering party officials can be involved.

Jesus knew even he couldn’t make people live right, so he demonstrated his love by dying for us. If Jesus couldn’t make folks march in step, how could an elitist party of enforcers do it? And that’s also the problem with legalistic religions; you can make people appear compliant, but they just become bitter and divisive in their hearts.

Oh well, I guess you can’t make communism work in the church, but if God’s love rules, that’s the way it will function; no big “I’s” or little “you’s,” and only Jesus calling the shots.


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