I HATE it when people are like “Derp, Jesus was a socialist!” Jesus promoted GENEROSITY. “If ye have two coats and you neighbor have none, give him one” not, “If ye are to lazy to work for ye own coat, take another person’s coat by force.”
Your verse didn’t have an addendum stating “If ye have two coats and your neighbor have none, give him one… when it suits you and only if you like your neighbor.” The bible promotes giving what you can and then some to those in need. Charity is meant to be a sacrifice, not just a tax deduction. The biblical use of charity means that you would have to go without something in order to make sure someone else can manage. To be fair, Jesus wasn’t a socialist. He would have given everything to someone in need, not a fraction of what he has and then complain about it.
Also, if you actively participate in modern society you are not following the Christian faith as your God intended it… If you don’t abide by every rule in the Bible (even if you ignore the New Testament) you can’t call yourself a Christian. Contending God’s law and justifying not following Him is not by definition “faith.” If you believe the Bible but do not follow it unconditionally, you have situational faith and do not trust that God has your best interests in mind. Technically, you’re insubooridnate to your Creator. I’m sick and tired of the picking and choosing. Follow His word or don’t, but don’t create your own religion if you consider yourself a Bible-believing-Christian. Rant over.
Who is this directed to? Because as I stated before, the government forcing you to give some of what you have to someone else is. NOT. Charity. I’m not any less of a Christian because I don’t think the government should be able to rob me and give what I’ve worked for to somebody else without my permission. The Bible says do not steal and do not covet thy neighbors goods. That is what socialism is.