The Washington Stand comments:
In distressing terms, this finding shows us that the church is slouching toward socialism. What a travesty!
At a basic level, churches are not educating people about the goodness of the free market. Although God gave mankind work to do even prior to the Fall (Genesis 2:15), our churches do not articulate the dignity of work. Although stealing and coveting what our neighbor has are serious sins (Exodus 20:15, 17), few challenge these common socialist commitments. Although Scripture does not present being rich as evil and instead warns against the love of money (1 Timothy 6:6-10, 17-19), our culture targets the rich. Although investment and stewardship are presented in positive terms (Matthew 25:14-30), churchgoers fall prey to a mindset that exalts collectivism, regulation, and the nanny state.
In failing to outline a biblical theology of the free market (which is begging to be preached!), pastors render their hearers soft targets for socialism. Instead of teaching people to work, help, and build, it preaches a false gospel that — like the devil himself — honors those who steal, kill, and destroy. In such a climate, we need churches that teach the dignity of work, the rightness of personal possessions, the blessedness of appropriate financial flourishing, and the need for sound stewardship. We need, to be more succinct, serious worldview formation.
The poll also finds that only 52% of churchgoers possess a biblical worldview on when life begins and on transgenderism. And 57% claim to possess a biblical worldview in spite of this.
These weak numbers are not merely the result of those within the liberal mainline Protestant churches. These numbers also reflect folks sitting in the pews in evangelical churches, Southern Baptist churches and within denominations that have historically been regarded as conservative or orthodox.
When pastors and churches refuse to teach and instruct congregants in such a manner that a biblical worldview ought to inform a political and cultural worldview, then this is the mess that we get. While some might have critiques of unrestrained corporate capitalism, there is absolutely no biblical basis for choosing socialism over free enterprise.