The words of Christ are the mantra of those who graciously give.
Acts 20:35 I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.
They are the bases of the Gospel. Christ gave so that we might live and know His name is above all names. He was not forced to give. He gave willingly. It was his offering for us. The Father elevated His name due to this voluntary sacrifice. Therefore, every knee will bow and every tongue will confess Him.
Galatians 5:13 For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. 14 For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. … 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
This is all accomplished through freedom of will: in a word, Liberty.
Opportunity is often linked to capitalism, as without it, capitalism dies, ie America – “the land of opportunity” is in it’s death throws.. What is often not seen, is that opportunity is not just for the getters, but also for the givers. To date, America is a, if not the, leader in unconditional philanthropy. Atheistic socialist countries don’t give. They impose, take and bribe. World Giving Index
It is also interesting to note that even unrighteous "getters", when given the opportunity that a free society avails, at times, become givers. Our tendency is to overlook this aspect of liberty and the opportunities that it provides. An enslaved or over-governed society eradicates opportunity by the force of unnatural law.
Unnatural law seeks to control all aspects of life and death; whereas, natural law empowers growth through a hands-off approach. A good example of this outrageous control mentality is the “impatient horticulturalist” who digs in the soil to see if the seed has sprouted, thereby damaging the sprout to it’s demise.
Another example is the radical tree trimmer, who attempts to anticipate every bit of growth until the tree is but one big ugly worthless scar; no longer even resembling a tree. There is a distinction between guidance and control. Life can be guided, but only the fool believes he can control life without becoming the tool of death.
Controlling or imposing forced “Grace” is the death of opportunity to express grace. In this, the socialist eliminates grace as one must be free to express it. Grace is an aspect or outgrowth of love. Love cannot be forced. Such attempts at forcing love are clearly and rightly identified as rape. So, socialism is a rape of humanity as the affections are eradicated through the injury perpetrated to freedom of will.
It is ironic that those born of liberty, often reject it for a lying promise of "more". Adam and Eve were the first to do so and evil knows liberty's weeknesses.
Evil knows how to defeat liberty, "We cannot expect Americans to jump from capitalism to Communism, but we can assist their elected leaders in giving Americans doses of socialism until they suddenly awake to find out they have Communism.'' Khrushchev
"The American people will never knowingly adopt Socialism. But under the name of 'liberalism' they will adopt every fragment of the Socialist program, until one day America will be a Socialist nation, without knowing how it happened." Norman Thomas, for many years the U.S. Socialist Presidential candidate
We have our warnings from scripture and the wisdom of past leaders of liberty.
"They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."
-- Benjamin Franklin, Historical Review of Pennsylvania, 1759.
"Experience should teach us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the government's purposes are beneficient...The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well meaning but without understanding."
-- Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis
Patrick Henry expressed the natural desire to be free in this manner, “Give me liberty, or give me death.”