As you travel down from Simon Bolívar International Airport into the city center, the difference between Caracas and Bogotá – formerly one of the world’s major drug war battlegrounds – is stark.
Armed police stand on almost every street corner. Every physical space is dedicated to promoting the success of the late Hugo Chávez’s socialist revolution and Nicolás Maduro’s authoritarian regime. The opposition undermines official government propaganda with its own graffiti, effectively accusing the regime of destroying the country with the highest oil reserves in the world.
..... Everything about Venezuela suggests this is a nation on the brink of collapse. Whether it is the ongoing violence, the extreme poverty, or the enormous piles of garbage in the street, nothing is working as it should be. In January, inflation reached over 800 percent, while some analysts predicting it could reach 1500 percent by the end of the year. Even at one of the city’s most exclusive hotels, breakfast offerings remain scarce and electricity and internet connection regularly cut out.
.... As one student put it to me: “Chávez succeeded in creating an equal society by making everyone poor.”
Christians that foolishly believe socialism is the way to idyllic paradise are misguided and in for a rude awakening upon entry into Paradise. Heaven certainly isn't a socialist form of rule; it's a kingdom with a King who is all-wise, all-powerful, all-knowing and all-just, and where rewards and punishment are relative to deeds committed (salvation is an unearned gift, not a reward.) Scripture is clear that believers receive differing rewards (Luke 19:12ff; Matt 16:27; 1 Cor 3:13-15; etc.) and unbelievers receive differing punishment (Matt 11:20-24;cf 10:15; Luke 12:47-48; John 19:11; Heb 10:26-31; etc.)
In this fallen world inhabited by fallen men, socialism (which concentrates power in the hands of very few elite) is a sure-fire guarantee recipe for disaster.