Can you call yourself a Christian if you vote “left”, or “right”?

Since the nineteenth century some socialists in the West have claimed that they are the real Christians in society, while in contrast anyone who doesn’t agree with them politically is self-seeking and doesn’t deserve to be called “Christian”. If you vote on the “right” you’re obviously greedy and don’t care about the poor-you only care about yourself. Currently it seems to me that those on the political far-left have all but abandoned any association with the Faith in favor of either atheism, secularism, plurality or the god of Islam. But still, to them being a real Christian is all about people-usually someone else- parting with their money to correct inequality.USCurrency_Federal_Reserve

My dad was the most godly man I’ve ever known, and the most generous. He lived in humility and holiness as much as any man does, and he considered himself a socialist. He felt that way because when he was a child the people who did all the hard physical graft-including his own dad-were paid little and worked long hours, receiving little respect from their employers, and socialism promised to fix that problem. I don’t think he realized that all self-respecting socialist societies, particularly at the time he was raised, were based on atheism, naturalism and secularism.

But given his life as an example, I don’t doubt that a socialist who may be wrong about a few Biblical doctrines as he was can also be a real Christian in the original, true sense-and a good one. The term “Christian” (“Christ-one”) was intended for those who were believers in the gospel of Jesus Christ, the gospel being about repentance from sin, and faith in Christ’s sacrificial life, death and resurrection.

God doesn’t “vote” left or right, but by his own standards. Those standards-or many of them-may or may not be followed by people on the left or the right. However, Socialism-solidly and often extremely “left” of center (if there is such a thing as “center”) is predominantly atheistic or at least simply secular. We can see this in the present-day use of the Constitution’s “establishment” clause as a weapon against expressions of faith, when the clause was clearly intended to protect the free exercise of religion-all religion-without the ability of the government to establish and impose one on its people. Socialism is often, as prescribed by Marx himself in his communist “Manifesto”, established or promoted by violent rebellion or the threat of it, whereas the gospel is about love of all men-rich or poor-and obedience to established authority as far as it’s godly. See my post on the birth and aims of socialism:


Socialism is opposed to the Church and to the traditional, Biblical family. Many on the “right” of the political spectrum are on the right not because they’re greedy (and greed is not confined to the “right”-there are billionaire and millionaire socialists-even in politics) but because they see the extreme “left” to be at war against Christian social values and principles.

Socialism is fundamentally opposed to freedom of enterprise, conscience and thought, and attempts to shape all minds into its mold, most particularly now through indoctrination in education.

The difference between socialist and Christian giving is clearly seen in the book of Acts-sometimes used erroneously as a selling point for socialism. In chapter two we read that:

“…all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as anyone had need” (Acts 2:44-45).

There are three important things to see in this passage. First, there’s no doubt that the first Church-age believers really were generous. Secondly, however, they were generous towards each other, not to the state’s coffers. Thirdly and most importantly, the giving and distribution was voluntary.

The difference between socialist redistribution of wealth and real, original Christianity is that socialism demands and extracts money from you in the form of high taxes, and distributes it as the ruling elite decides. Sometimes it’s allocated to anything but Christian causes, such as abortion or sex-changes. Socialism takes your money by “law” whether you want to part with it or not, and whether you can afford it or not: Christian giving is willing, voluntary, joyful, generous giving from the heart, and from wealth that you have earned from your own hard work and enterprise.