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Communism and socialism undermine the free market dynamics we see operating in The Parable of the Talents, which reveal that Capitalism is the vehicle that enables us to use the talents God gives us, to invest and put to work to make more.
The Parable of the Talents is found in Matthew 25:14-23 and reads as follows.
14“For it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted to them his property. 15To one he gave five talents,d to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. 16He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them, and he made five talents more. 17So also he who had the two talents made two talents more. 18But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master’s money. 19Now after a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them. 20And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me five talents; here I have made five talents more.’ 21His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant.e You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ 22And he also who had the two talents came forward, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me two talents; here I have made two talents more.’ 23His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’
There is no evidence in the Parable of the Talents that any of the talent receiving servants went to the government for a grant or benefit. The Bible says the two profitable servants “traded and made” to earn their additional talents. The terms “traded and made” are Capitalist terms. Capitalism works by people looking to God to show them how to use the talents He has given us, so we can do some God-honoring work that provides goods and services that others are willing to pay us a profitable price to enjoy.
Communism and Socialism train people to look to the government for their direction and guidance. Of course government promises to take care of us because we all will “own everything together. The subtle lie is in how socialism – the stepping stone to communism – actually operates. In communist and socialist societies there really is nothing that is “community owned.” The community, meaning you and me, do not own anything under socialism. It all gets owned by the government, which is not run by people who have a 10 Commandments value system, so the government violates our abilities to use our talents to achieve what we believe God wants us to do with them.
The reality is that socialist and communist governments always outlaw the Bible, and try to expunge it from the national conscience of its citizens – so much so that people fail to understand basic principles – such as what the Parable of the Talents is really about.
Understanding this principle is the way God lifts us up in Liberty