Daily Archives: December 1, 2011

Is Socialism Inevitable?

Reprinted from Christian Patriots

The idea of societies with shared labor and shared property is as old as mankind itself. The first communal societies were made up of family members, then voluntary communities and eventually to involuntary sharing of labor and property enforced by some form of government body. Finally, the idea evolved into the political system known today as “socialism”, a term believed to have originated with Robert Owen sometime around 1825 to describe the collective communities he developed in Lanark, Scotland and later in New Harmony, Indiana. The idea itself has a natural appeal to human nature as a way to satisfy basic human needs with minimum individual responsibility.

Abraham Maslow, a leading behavioral psychologist of the twentieth century and the father of “humanistic psychology” identified five common needs that, according to him, provide the motivation for all human behavior. These needs form a “hierarchy of needs”, the lower level ones having to be satisfied before we are motivated to strive for the satisfaction of the higher-level ones. These needs, listed in their hierarchal order are physical needs, security needs, social needs, ego needs and the highest of all, self-actualization needs. As the name of his field of research implies he did not consider the need all humanity has to know and worship God. However, his research does give us a model for understanding why democracies usually end up with some type of socialistic system of government. Socialism is the natural order of societies without God.

Many people are willing to forego the higher level needs which include self-determination, liberty and freedom, in exchange for the promising possibility of being freed from their own responsibility of providing their own security from hunger, thirst, lack of shelter, etc., etc. As soon as the number of people willing to trade liberty for security reaches a majority, the minority become unwilling servants laboring for the benefit of the majority.  Socialism is often touted as the fulfillment of the Biblical injunction to “care for the poor”. This could not be further from the truth.

Tenth Commandment: “Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour’s.” Exodus 20:17

The early churches experimented with a form of voluntary socialism. We read in Acts 4:32

“And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common.”

However, the practice was soon abandoned because it did not work. Instead, it created strife and divisions within the church, even though it was practiced within the church family and composed of professing Christians.  The apostle Paul had to deal with the problems the experiment caused in several of the churches, including Corinth and Thessalonica. In his second epistle to the Thessalonians, Paul wrote,

“For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work , neither should he eat . For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies . Now them that are such we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work , and eat their own bread.”
~II Thessalonians 3:10-12

The Plymouth Colony of Massachusetts experienced similar results in their experience with the socialist system imposed by their charter. William Bradford wrote in “History of the Plymouth Plantation”,

“The experience that was had in this common course and condition, tried sundry years, and that amongst godly and sober men, may well evince the vanity of that conceit of Plato’s & other ancients, applauded by some of later times;—that the taking away of property, and bringing in community into a commonwealth, would make them happy and flourishing; as if they were wiser then God. For this community (so far as it was) was found to breed much confusion & discontent, and retard much employment that would have been to their benefit and comfort.

Far from being a fulfillment of Christian principles, political demands for socialism is universally based on covetousness, greed, jealousy and envy, the exact opposite of the Christian principle of caring for the sick, elderly and the poor. Socialism was first introduced into the American political system around 1892 by the Populist Party through its attacks on wealthy industrialists. Since then, the Democratic Party has routinely used class warfare and the people’s envy and jealousy of those who have been more successful than they have in life, to further their socialist agenda. This dubious tactic has been the hallmark of the Obama administration and the centerpiece of his reelection efforts.

History has shown that the good always ultimately triumphs over evil. That being true it might seem that the patriots (good guys) would easily triumph over the socialists (bad guys) in the 2012 elections. However, the key word in the above statement is “ultimately”. There is no doubt, at least in my mind, that socialism will ultimately be conquered. At the same time, we have to consider the possibility that God has condemned America to the misery of socialism as the consequences of its official rejection of His sovereignty and His plan for America for the past fifty years.

I believe as did the Founders, that America came into existence through the providence of God. I also believe, as did the Founders, that the providence of God guided the deliberations of the Second Continental Congress and the Philadelphia Convention to produce the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. Based on History, I also believe that our founding documents contain the plan of God for America.  The election of Barack Obama and a socialist Congress in 2008 was the culmination of a hundred year drift away from the Constitution and the principles on which America was founded.

The Apostle Peter in a circular letter to the churches admonishes us to,

“Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme ; Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well.”  I Peter 2:13-14

This passage has two messages. First, is the obvious command to be good, law-abiding citizens obeying the laws of the nation or locality in which we live. It is also a reminder that God uses political authorities to punish nations and citizens who disregard His commandments and persist in an immoral and ungodly lifestyle. One of the most severe punishments given to the nations of Israel and Judah was by Nebuchadnezzar, the idolatrous king of Babylon. In about 600 B.C., Nebuchadnezzar sacked Jerusalem, destroyed and plundered the Temple and carried the best and brightest of Judah into captivity, leaving only a remnant of the poor and less industrious of the people behind.

The story of Nebuchadnezzar plays an important part in the Old Testament, appearing in the books of 2 Kings, Jeremiah, Daniel, Ezra, and Ezekiel. The prophets make it clear that he was used as an instrument of judgment against Judah when its people rebelled against the commandments of God.

“But after that our fathers had provoked the God of heaven unto wrath , He gave them into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, the Chaldean, who destroyed this house, and carried the people away into Babylon.”  Ezra 5:12

“I [God] have made the earth, the man and the beast that are upon the ground, by my great power and by my outstretched arm, and have given it unto whom it seemed meet unto me. And now have I given all these lands into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, my servant; and the beasts of the field have I given him also to serve him. And all nations shall serve him, and his son, and his son’s son, until the very time of his land come : and then many nations and great kings shall serve themselves of him. And it shall come to pass, that the nation and kingdom which will not serve the same Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, and that will not put their neck under the yoke of the king of Babylon, that nation will I punish , saith the LORD, with the sword, and with the famine, and with the pestilence, until I have consumed them by his hand.”  Jeremiah 27:5-8

Nebuchadnezzar himself was also judged of God. The most famous judgment was when Nebuchadnezzar failed to give God recognition for the greatness of his kingdom, and as a result was sentenced to seven years of madness, living and sleeping in the fields and grazing with the cattle for his food. (As told in Daniel, chapter 4) Eventually, the Babylonian empire was overthrown by Cyrus the Great, King of the Medes.

Although the daily news stories of the past few years might indicate that God has given America into the hands of godless socialism, it is not inevitable; for we read in 2 Chronicles 7:14,

“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray , and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

If we are indeed to take back our county in 2012, it will be by the providence and grace of God.