Socialist WebZine: Christianity and Socialism

Socialist Webzine
by Rev. John Tamilio III, Ph.D. Candidate

The nonprofit, nonpartisan religious organization Sojourners, founded by Jim Wallis (of God’s Politics fame), circulated a bumper sticker and hosted an on-line petition during the 2004 campaign under the mantra God is not a Republican…or a Democrat. That’s true. God may be a Socialist, though — at least Jesus of Nazareth was.

First of all, Jesus was an itinerant preacher who shunned earthly possessions and sought to establish a covenantal community (a koinonia) in which all people had equal access to food, shelter, and basic care — not to mention God’s grace! Jesus’ message was one that challenged the political and religious authorities of his era by bringing those from the margins to the center of the social order.

Secondly, read the opening chapters of the Book of Acts (the second part of Luke’s Gospel). After the Holy Spirit is bestowed upon the Church (giving birth to the body of Christ on earth) we are told that “All who believed were together and had all things in common; they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute the proceeds to all, as any had need.” Commenting on these verses, Robert W. Wall states that, “A fellowship of believers shares more than common beliefs and core values; they display a profound regard for one another’s spiritual and physical well-being as a community of friends.” Are these not basic civil rights? Is this not a fundamental ethical aspect of communal living in which we are all embroiled (be it in the Church, or society at large, or both)? Two chapters later, the apostolic record reiterates this point:

Now the whole group of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one claimed private ownership of any possessions, but everything they owned was held in common. With great power the apostles gave their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all. There was not a needy person among them, for as many as owned lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold. They laid it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need.

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11 thoughts on “Socialist WebZine: Christianity and Socialism

  1. The Last Conservative

    I bet a lot of you think that Catholic Trotskyist will be coming back to show his support for this article. Unfortunately he will not be able to, but he has asked me to pass on his message endorsing the Socialist WebZine’s great understanding of the relationship between Christianity and socialism. I, of course, disagree, but I also disagree with the idea that Christianity has any relationship with any current ideology. Jesus said “render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s.” Clearly, Christianity mandates an absolute monarchy, with complete government, nobility and church control over the entire society, and no personal freedoms other than those which are given by the monarchy, nobility and church.

  2. paulie Post author

    Last Con, you didn’t read the article I linked in comment one, did you?

    Teaser: nothing is rightfully Ceasar’s, so it’s a clever way of saying “give Ceasar nothing.”

  3. The Last Conservative

    Paulie, I didn’t read that article. But whatever it is, it is wrong. They are liberal commie heretics.

  4. The Last Conservative

    They might not be to you, but I think of the political spectrum completely differently than anyone else. I believe thatt the height of civilization was during the reign of Richard I of England in the 1190s, when he roamed the Mediterannean and the Middle East in the Crusades and the nobility ruled the British Empire. Things have gone downhill since then, and such deviants as Hobbes, Locke, the Enlightenment and the Church Reformers,, attacked the status quo of absolute monarchy and nobility, thus creating liberalism. Libertarianism, socialism, modern liberalism and modern “conservatism” are all offshoots of the disease of liberalism. Anyone who supports any of these groups is a liberal commie heretic. The only truly politically awhere people are the few true conservatives left, who support a return to monarchism, feudalism, and complete church domination.

  5. Who's Thumbing Who?

    Monarchism was the original heresy. Read the Book of Judges. And read the article by Redford, I did and it is good!

  6. Francis

    “Pure And Undefiled Religion”

    “Pure religion and undefiled before G-D The Father is this, to visit the fatherless (those children who know not their Father, HE WHO is The Only True G-D, Father{Creator} of ALL) and widows(those who have not “experienced The Messiah and The Power{Our Father} that raised Him from among the dead”) in their affliction and to keep oneself uncontaminated by the world…….” (James 1:27)

    Simply, all other religion is impure and defiled…….

    And notice that “pure and undefiled” religion is “oneself(individual)”, a Brother or Sister doing The Will of Our Father, led of The Holy, Set Apart, Spirit…….

    Simply, corporate “religion” is pagan and of this wicked world…….

    And “Brothers and Sisters” is not “religion”, for what are Brothers and Sisters if not Family? Would not The Family of The Only True G-D, Father(Creator) of ALL, “The Body of The Messiah”, be much closer than a natural, fleshly family?

    What is declared to be “religion” today is truly the devil’s playground…….

    Simply, Faith will not create a system of religion…….

    Hope is there would be those who take heed unto The Call of The Only True G-D to “Come Out of her, MY people”!

    For they will “Come Out” of this wicked world(babylon) and it’s systems of religion, and enter into “the Liberty that is glorious for The Children of The Only True G-D”.

    And so it is that they will no longer be of those who are destroying the earth(land, air, water, vegetation, creatures)” and perverting that which is Spirit(Light, Truth, Life, Love, Peace, Hope, Faith, Mercy, Grace, Miracles, etc.)…….

    Peace, in spite of the dis-ease(no-peace) that is of this world and it’s systems of religion, for “the WHOLE(not just a portion) world is under the control of the evil one” (1John5:19) indeed and Truth…….

    Truth is never ending…….

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