How much charity can you show under socialism? Wouldn't the enforced "giving" of socialism strip all the goodness from the act? How much joy would you feel if you gave to the poor so the police wouldn't show up at your door and arrest you for tax evasion? I suppose you can still express charity through acts, but a whole class of charity would be eliminated by government enforcement.
Frankly, I'd have a hard time doing things for others if almost everything I earned was taken from me and given to them already.
On the receiving end, it doesn't seem like there's a whole lot of gratitude when it comes to entitlements. On the other hand, if I'm in dire straits and someone pays off my credit card out of the goodness of their hearts, you can best believe I'm going to be very grateful indeed.
Finally, it seems to me like socialism puts an end to evangelization. Like what's the point then? How do you follow Pope Francis' call to keep your mouth shut about your faith, but express it through actions? Actions like what? The government is going to do those actions in your name whether you want them done or not, so why bother?
All good works, for that matter, require choice in order to be good. Coerced charity isn't charity at all.
In the end, I guess it all depends on whether or not you want to perfect the world through force or if you'd prefer to evangelize and let people practice their newfound faith on their own. I think the latter gives everyone a lot more opportunities to love their neighbors even if the results are less uniform.
|And my goodness, but the socialists love their uniforms.|