let me preface ALL of this with: i am dumb.
there has been talk/fear about obama being a socialist. i'm not here to say i think or know that he is or isn't. but i came across this passage the other day and wondered how it applied to socialist beliefs:
13 For this is not for the ease of others and for your affliction, but by way of equality-- 14 at this present time your abundance being a supply for their need, so that their abundance also may become a supply for your need, that there may be equality;
2 Corinthians 8:13-14 NASB
to my limited understanding, it sounds pretty similar to the concept of socialism. is the difference that one is Spirit motivated and one is government mandated? is the difference that under socialism everyone has the same amount all the time and paul's plan allows for an ebb and flow of abundance and lacking? the latter obviously provides more opportunities for generosity, which is what paul is urging. "spread the wealth" seemed to be a pretty maddening statement when B.O. said it. but isn't paul saying to "spread the wealth"? i'm not all torn up about it. just wonderin'.
i kinda side with ferris bueller who wisely said, "'isms,' in my opinion, are not good."