What is Socialism but a sort of intellectual syphilis that has infected and paralyzed our nation’s institutions of higher learning? Barack Obama and his lovely wife Michele, personify the highly educated, agents of social change, which colleges churn out in droves; in lieu of educated, critical thinking, graduates for whom logic, reason and truth always trump ideology. On our college campus’ the fact is that ideology has triumphed over truth and logic which has become politically incorrect.
Obama postures as a born again Christian while largely embracing a liberalism so profound as to be Socialism; a secular perversion of the Christian message. The Socialism of Obama requires a translation because the left in this country has invented its own weird vocabulary so they might sound patriotic and democratic and still tell their followers, who are steeped in the New Speak of College Liberalism, exactly what they mean. They imagine, with their countless programs and policies for the poor, the sick, the needy, the strangers to our land, the single moms and the orphans that they are the cutting edge of Christianity and the actualization of the Christian Message. How, they argue, can using government to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, and protect the widow and the orphan be construed as anything other then what Jesus commanded every Christian to do? Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and their ilk seem to personify this attitude. They site Bible passages like the following as proof that socialism, progressivism, or Liberalism or whatever they call it, fulfills the Christian duty we have to the poor.
44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need.
What about that passage, they cry with downright evangelical zeal. What about this passage? If you call yourself a Christian you have to vote for democrats’ because they’re the only ones with a social conscience and the policies to prove it. Jesus, they insist, would vote to help the poor, not the rich as the following passage illustrates:
32 All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they shared everything they had. 33 With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and much grace was upon them all. 34 There were no needy persons among them. For from time to time those who owned lands or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales 35 and put it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to anyone as he had need.
What is the difference between these Bible passages and the following quote by Karl Marx, (The patron saint of tenure, faculty meetings, and Europe!)
From each, according to his ability; to each, according to his need.
Now this is where the Socialist/ Liberal/ Progressive person feels they have proved their point and they look at you with hawk like triumph before going on to expound the apologetics of the “Social Gospel” and, interestingly in Obamas’ case, Liberation Theology. They pause at this moment and savor the moment, basking in their own glory, at this point almost sympathetic to the conservative stooge who’s been brainwashed by Bush and Rove. They know they have me in a corner and they are more than happy to have me offer some lame excuse, and make me feel like the gun toting, church going, racist, sexist, homophobic Neanderthal that I am. They smile; their heads tilt up slightly, as if looking forward to a misty utopia that only they can see. It’s at this point when I speak up in a quiet, almost hushed tone, as if embarrassed that an argument so silly could be advanced or defended by anyone and I say something like this:
“I agree with you, my friend, that there is a definite similarity, to the virgin ear, but I would ask you to agree with me that there is no moral equivalence between apostles chosen by the Lord Our God and government leaders like Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Ted Kennedy, Chuck Schumer, Maxine Waters, or for that matter, Bush, Cheney and Carl Rove.”
There is invariably a pregnant pause and a reddening of the Socialists/Liberal/ Progressives’ face, and a rejoinder that goes like this:
“You’re a racist, aren’t you?”
“No. I just think its important to recall that Jesus was a spiritual, not political, savior. He didn’t say take from the rich and give to the poor or that we should go forth, praising God and perfecting a really good social safety net but that we, as individuals, should be willing to give of our resources to personally help people who need it. He said that this kind of love is how people would know that we are his disciples; not by foisting our duty to the poor and needy off on the government, thus institutionalizing and depersonalizing the problem, instead of solving it. By neglecting our individual duty to love and care for whoever comes into our range of influence we create a rival power, a false god if you will, that confiscates and redistributes wealth that becomes a terrible temptation for shady politicians who crave control of all that government money for their own aggrandizement.”
“Your one of those far right wing Christian nuts aren’t you?”
“No.” I say politely, “I’m an ordinary Christian, who is very concerned that we should live in freedom without allowing any government to act as our conscience let alone our parent. I’ve always understood that our freedom comes from God, I think I read that somewhere, and not from government. After all the government works for us, not the other way around. After all, if God had commanded us to go forth and create entitlements instead of a place where each person shall reap what they sow, the bankrupt state of Social Security, Medicare, and all the rest of the failed Great Society Programs would mean that we as a nation could only go to hell right?”
“Why are you so filled with hate?” The Socialist, Liberal, Progressive shakes his head sadly, I don’t need religion as a crutch and I certainly don’t try to impose my values on others. I thought Jesus was about love…”
“I’m just pointing out that we should personally minister to people who need help, that’s all. We should hug the admittedly smelly homeless man or woman in front of us and maybe share the gospel and some encouraging words with them, look them in the eye and give them the twenty bucks we were going to spend at Starbucks that week and not ignore them, walk quickly past them, believing the government will take care of them. God gave us each other for that sort of thing don’t you think? In addition I believe my Christian Values can stand up to any other value system in the world so when my Christian values are taken into consideration in the voting booth I prefer to think of it as freedom of speech and religion and advocacy for issues I feel deeply about.
I think imposing your views on someone comes from someone with power and authority misusing that authority to intimidate and indoctrinate freshmen right out of High School into adopting the views of their professors if they want a decent grade. I don’t impose my views on anyone I just vote. That’s a right isn’t it; to vote ones conscience? It’s usually at this point that the Socialist, Liberal, Progressive, stalks off bellowing a string of vulgar expletives that I don’t feel the need to report here.
They always seem to stalk off, angrily, before I remind them that Marx was very hostile to religion. In addition to saying From each, according to his ability; to each, according to his need, Marx also said:
“The first requisite for the happiness of the people is the abolition of religion.”
“Religion is the impotence of the human mind to deal with occurrences it cannot understand.”
“Religion is the opium of the masses.”
Elitists often become angry when their views are confronted and it make it difficult to come to a meeting of the minds when one party advances the latest version of tired socialism as gospel truth instead of engaging in a true dialog about the facts of socialism, liberalism, progressivism. It infuriates “agents of Social Change Elitists, that I have no wish to be like them and that I consider myself an agent of moral change. People like Barrack and Michel Obama seem to pity people like me, and morn that fact that we all can’t be steeped in truth and love as practiced by Trinity United Methodist Church in Chicago. I don’t mean to offend them but I’ve become convinced that Elitists need to be confronted and invited to offer factual and logical support for their ideology. I would prefer lively debate rather then obscene references to my parentage and invitations to do the anatomically impossible. I try not to take any of the profanity personally because forgiveness is as important to my faith as truth. Its my prayer that Elitists would abandon policies of manipulation and peer pressure and change to logic reason and the venation of the truth. I guess arguing with the liberals of the world proves the following proverb as true. Talking to an elitist can be hard work indeed.
7 “Whoever corrects a mocker invites insult;
whoever rebukes a wicked man incurs abuse.
8 Do not rebuke a mocker or he will hate you;
rebuke a wise man and he will love you.
9 Instruct a wise man and he will be wiser still;
teach a righteous man and he will add to his learning. 10 “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom,
and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
11 For through me your days will be many,
and years will be added to your life.
12 If you are wise, your wisdom will reward you;
if you are a mocker, you alone will suffer.”