I don’t mean at all to suggest that there was nothing wrong with communism. There certainly was. I am simply asking what it was specifically that was wrong with it.
Was there anything wrong with “From each according to his ability, to each according to his need”? No. In fact, that sounds like a lovely ideal. Who wouldn’t want to live in a society where everyone is productive and no one goes hungry? The problem comes with the means applied to achieve this end. The means is always a human power structure, and it is at this fundamental point that communism would begin to break down. There is simply no human authority that is morally pure and strong enough to achieve the end desired. Human nature is too vulnerable to corruption.
This is why the nation of Israel (God’s Old Testament organization of religion) and the church (God’s New Testament organization of religion) were only temporary structures until the kingdom of God could be established. Beginning with Moses in the wilderness, God used Israel for about 1,500 years. Beginning with the day of Pentecost, God used the church for less than a hundred years. These structures could not be permanent because humanity could not be trusted to keep its integrity. Ancient Israel was subject to bad kings as well as good ones. The New Testament church was subject false teachers as well as true ones. To be permanent, God needed a government that did not depend on people. It would need to depend only on Him.
Ever since biblical times ended (that is, the late 1st Century A.D.), the kingdom of God has been His sole vehicle for managing His relationships with mankind. It will be this way always because this was established as a kingdom that would never end (Isaiah 9:6-7). (To understand better precisely when and how this kingdom was established in the late 1st Century A.D. see Jesus Christ Has Already Come Again; people who are waiting for a physical return of Jesus to the earth are going to be forever disappointed.)
Having lived among us as Jesus of Nazareth, God has established a personality and name to which we can all relate. Before Jesus, how could we have a clear sense of what God was like? Through the life of Jesus, however, we can see that God is personal, humble, kind – and most of all He is animated by a love that is greater than any we have ever seen or imagined. Therefore, we relate to the invisible God as Jesus. He is not subject to corruption and is capable of governing every human being.
His governance overlays every – and does not replace any – form of human government. That is to say, we are always to obey whatever form of human government we are under – except in those cases where to do so would put us in disobedience of Jesus.
Forms of human government come and go. Our own form of government here in the United States is not perfect, though its primary virtue is the separation of powers which deters the corruption that Lord Acton rightly said power brings. Even so, we cannot even count on this form of government. It too will eventually pass. The kingdom of God is the only form of government that will never pass away.
Don’t deprive yourself of what Jesus died to give you: God Wants a Loving Relationship with You (and this has nothing to do with joining a church or any form of organized religion: Seeking the Kingdom of God Instead of Church).