Sharing That Is Really Taking
Should ownership be exchanged with shared possession on most levels?
People are made to feel that substituting ownership with shared possession on many levels liberates a society from inequality, but it instead puts people in a state of servitude.
Christians want to be familiar with popular social and economic ideas of the time because these ideas can strongly affect how people live and are treated. One significant idea involves private ownership. Although Christians believe in being generous in giving to others, which is good, they still want to advocate for the right to buy and own when it comes to housing, vehicles, businesses, food, and many other goods.
People are made to feel that substituting ownership with shared possession on many levels liberates a society from inequality, but it instead puts people in a state of servitude. When the right to buy and own is largely taken by a government with the idea of sharing much of what was privately possessed, people become like slaves. People lose a large degree of freedom and much of what they use really isn't theirs anymore--they become like serfs from past times. A Christian believes in being generous with what they own in a free society, but they actually can't be generous in a society where they can't own anything in the first place.
However, this is not to say that there should not be ample programs for helping the destitute and finding ways to help them work as they are able. Generous programs for people such as the elderly and the disabled are also good and should be strongly advocated by Christians. Christians want to advocate for societies where people can be both free and taken care of when in need.