OK. Maybe a little explanation is in order.
Our Lord never advocated for one type of political/economic system over another, at least as we see such things. We might work to fashion a government that fulfills the purposes we assume God has. Our sinful tendency is to try and guess what is best for us and/or all mankind, and even the Church and then to guide God’s hand into giving us what we think He wants.
Usually, when someone asserts that “Jesus is a Socialist,” they are doing from the perspective of the Bible’s repeated exhortations toward love and charity. They state that the Lord (or simply the Bible’s moral code) is advocating for the government to care for all its citizens in all their needs. That the only way to carry out these Biblical injunctions is to use the force of man’s laws to produce a God-pleasing result.
The Scriptures, though, don’t speak that way. When love and charity are spoken of it is pretty much always in the context of individual love and charity. That is, the Lord is speaking to those whom He has redeemed to be merciful as He has been merciful to them…to be forgiving as they have been forgiven ((Ephesians 4:32; Colossians 3:13)…to be as compassionate to others as they have been given God’s compassions through Jesus Christ…to give freely and without coercion to aid those who are without. (2 Corinthians 9:7; Ephesians 4:32) And, as Jesus Himself said (St. Matthew 5:42): Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.
This is not to say that the government cannot have a role in such things. It may, it may not, depending on its structure. The requirement, though, is that each one of us be charitable to one another. How do we do this? By seeing our selfish lack of charity, but then by being given the charity of Jesus by which He gave completely of Himself in life and death to take away the guilt we have and so that we are created with new hearts that serve Him (by serving our neighbor) in righteousness, innocence, and blessedness.
-Rev. James Braun