The big scare about socialism is that it involves some sort of government takeover, a strong arm tactic implemented from the top down. But what if an economy based of sharing (instead of competition) grew organically from the bottom up? Starting at the local level between friends and neighbors?
Churches are already good at socialism. Have you ever seen anyone turned away from a covered dish supper because they weren't able to bring anything?
Small towns can be great at socialism. When a family's house burns down and they are left with nothing, people don't say, "They should have bought better insurance." They chip in and do whatever it takes to get them what they need.
So let us soundly reject the doctrine that every person is responsible for themselves. We know better - in our families, our neighborhoods, our churches, and communities. We are already socialists, and we already depend on sharing with one another - despite whatever rhetoric politicians might spew. We might disagree on the role of government in the matter, but let us not let them convince us that we are not to care for one another.