… how can anyone call themselves a Christian and still advocate for socialist and humanist ideas? (Specifically: limitation of freedom of religion, speech, private property rights; redistribution of wealth; creation/expansion of tariffs and other intrusions into free trade; creation/expansion of the welfare state; lack of support for traditional institutions like marriage, sex and the family; ceding of responsibility for the poor, hurting and broken from the church to government organizations)
What relationship does God have with any ideology which rejects Him (as socialism/communism and humanism necessarily do)?
Where is the overlap between the work of Christ and any ideology which revels in man’s self-salvation (as humanism does)?
Can it be possible to somehow rectify logically the doctrines of sin and human depravity with any ideology that advocates man-made utopian social engineering?
Is it righteous in any way to support the idea of limiting private property rights (something necessary for socialism) when it breaks at least two of the Ten Commandments (do not steal and do not covet)? (Yes, institutions are capable of stealing and coveting – as they are led by, and made up of, people.)
How can one say that they believe in the Golden Rule while advocating for a third-party (read: government) involvement in fair and free trade (domestically or internationally) between private parties?
When will there ever be any positive product, either physically or spiritually, from licentious and selfish behavior – as humanism advocates through liberalized sexuality, lack of respect for parents and other authority figures, and the general undermining of conscience?
I honestly cannot see how these things can be resolved within the mind and heart of a Christian. After all, “what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? What harmony is there between Christ and Belial? Or what does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said: ‘I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people’” (2 Cor 6:14-16, NIV).
Let’s not be stupid … trying vainly to find some common ground between light and darkness. Our commission to love and to care for the poor, the orphans and the widows is not to be sloughed off on human institutions. We break the first and third commandments by claiming we follow God while replacing His Lordship with either the gods of government or of self. And we undermine the dignity of human life itself – made in God’s image – by celebrating licentiousness and depravity as commendable, while downplaying personal responsibility through incessant intrusion by human institutions into a person’s life.
We (as Christians) wouldn’t advocate bowing down to Baal … why do we advocate for bowing to government or humanist ideology then?