As a veteran of the military and of the public school system, I know that the government does few things well and that it needs to “stay in its lane.” But what exactly is the government’s role, and why should we be concerned when it tries to expand its influence?
The first form of government was “self-government,” which gave humans the authority to work in collaboration with God, the Creator, to improve upon the world He provided, using the materials he had given. In fact, the creation mandate didn’t just allow us to work and create — it required us to do so.
We don’t know how long Adam and Eve dwelt in a sinless state, but at some point, Satan entered the scene and asked the fateful question:
“Did God really say … ?”
This question was the hinge on the door to humanism, and our first parents opened that door, at first tentatively, and then enthusiastically; yet the horror was only evident as the monster pushed its way through the gates of hell into the bliss of the garden.
In other words, “God is holding out on you! He wants to be in charge. He’s a tyrant. True freedom is yours if you’ll just take control.” This is the age-old cry of the religion of humanism.
Socialism is the economic manifestation of humanism. Socialism says that we can do it ourselves, that if we just work hard enough, we can create a government that will take care of all of our troubles.
Perhaps the first socialist experiment took place when a bunch of people whom God had again admonished to fill the earth (rather than to stay put) and subdue it, answered that same question, “Did God really say … ?” in the negative. The tower builders purposed that, indeed, they would not expand their horizons, but instead would create a tall structure, so that they could stay in sight of it and remain “united.” God decided, however, that the Tower of Babel would not see completion, and he confused their language (Genesis 11:1-9).
A friend recently asked me this question: “Can you explain to me why you think the country is headed for communism, or why a little more socialism scares you so?”
First, I believe we are headed for communism, because, in an expert’s words,
We are actively welcoming socialism, almost begging for it. Yet the economic system of socialism cannot, in the end, be separated from the political system of communism. And why not? Because the fundamental premise of both is that, instead of work being a good thing, a freeing thing, a thing that makes us like our Creator, socialism and communism, which are based on evolutionary thinking and humanism, presuppose that work creates an individualism that separates us from one another, and that this is a fundamental evil.
In Chapter 9 of the introduction to The Communist Manifesto, Gareth Stedman Jones recounted Karl Marx’s position that man’s labor actually made him more like an animal, and it estranged him from other people. This contradicts the creation mandate, in which work gives us dignity as we share in the image of our Creator.
Marx misunderstood the nature of work, because he misunderstood the nature of the Creator. He believed that the fulfillment of the creation mandate made man the “extension of a machine.” He posited that man did not need to continually produce and refine production, because that turned him into a mere factory of things for the rich. Yet his flawed conclusions followed his erroneous theology, which was lain upon the shattered foundation of Darwinian evolution.
Since teleology is the manifestation of intelligent design, Marxism (the ideology behind socialism and communism) is based on atheism. When you take God out of the foundation, the result is a house built on sand. It will not work, and much destruction will result.
America was built by valiant, yet flawed, men. These men were radicals who believed in self-government and individual opportunity. While Marxists believe in equality of outcome, our founders championed equality of opportunity, a concept that gave rise to the greatest nation in history, one with more opportunity for people of all social classes than any other has offered. Why? Simply and solely because this nation’s foundation was Biblical. People were unconstrained by a king or government that would impede their abilities to pursue life, liberty, happiness, and personal property, and therefore could fulfill the creation mandate largely unhindered.
Socialism seeks to take away personal property, and ultimately will destroy the very liberty and justice it purports to champion, because it denies the Creator who authored liberty and justice. It puts the government in the role of God, and therefore is antithetical to Christianity. We cannot serve both God and money, and we must not give to Caesar what rightfully belongs to God. Doing so will be the death of America, and will cause great harm to the world. Therefore I must oppose it entirely and unapologetically.
I have heard Christians say that we should stay completely out of “politics.” As I’ve prayerfully considered this stance, I’ve found it lacking. Instead, my dual citizenship compels me that, in order to truly be heavenly minded, I must also be of earthly good. Just because Jesus is coming, and hopefully coming soon, that doesn’t mean I shouldn’t be about His business until the very day the trumpet sounds or He takes me home.
My dual citizenship compels me that, in order to truly be heavenly minded, I must also be of earthly good.
Some have said that America is done, past the point of no return, and that we just need to let events play out. While I would agree that it appears that the sun is setting on our beloved republic, and that it is only a matter of time before we willingly submit to socialism, and subsequently join hands with the coming “new world order,” that doesn’t mean it’s time to give up.
Consider the parable of the talents: The master left three servants in charge of various amounts of his wealth. Two servants invested his money wisely and brought a return, and were therefore rewarded. The third, who feared his master, buried the talent apportioned to him, rather than making it work for his master until his return. As a result, he was disinherited and his talent given to another. Only recently did I realize that Jesus shared this parable in the context of end times prophecy. Church, we are not to bury our talents as we await our master’s return! We are to be about our Master’s business until the very last second.
If, instead, we as the church, forfeit the culture war, the war for the very soul of our nation, and the very soul of the church itself, with the excuse that “our citizenship is in heaven,” we should be charged with spiritual treason. He has called us to “rescue those being led to the slaughter,” to hold back evil, to warn the sinner, to admonish the saint, to subdue the earth, to, like our Creator, in whose image we were formed, use our gifts and talents, not to bury them as we await His return. This does not mean our hope is in this world; rather, unless our faith is evidenced by these actions, how are we to draw all men to Him, and ultimately to that eternal reward He desires for them. If the ministers, missionaries, and apostles of old, would have had the attitude that the culture is lost and we simply need to submit to ungodly authority as we await our heavenly Savior’s return, where would the Kingdom of God be today? Would this country even exist?
If, instead, we as the church, forfeit the culture war, the war for the very soul of our nation, and the very soul of the church of itself, with the excuse that “our citizenship is in heaven,” we should be charged with spiritual treason.
Think of men like William Wilberforce, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Patrick Henry, and George Washington. Think of Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. These men were heroes because they refused to submit to tyranny, and because they instead stood against tyrants on behalf of those who could not stand up or who would not stand up for themselves. They were not necessarily considered heroes by their peers during that time, yet they risked their reputations, their livelihoods, and their very lives for the righteous causes to which they had been called.
“Well, these men were exemplary in their time,” you might say. “They were specially gifted and called by God for those tasks.” Yes and no. We are all plainly called to “love mercy, practice justice, and walk humbly with our God” (Micah 6:8), “to rescue the orphan and widow in their distress and to live lives unstained by the world” (James 1:27), and to “rescue those being led away to the slaughter” (Proverbs 24:11). These admonitions are for all believers, not a select few. We consider these men to be extraordinary, but only because we have settled for mediocrity in the Kingdom of God. We now view ordinary Christianity as extraordinary, or perhaps even as sin.
The American church has so watered down the Gospel that countless souls are deluded into the illusion of justification before a holy God; unless we sound the alarm boldly and unwaveringly, their blood will be on our hands.
Perhaps it is because of this watering down that we have bought into such heresies as the social justice gospel, which tells us that man can cure the world’s ills without requiring repentance, easy believism, which gives us Jesus as Savior while neglecting His Lordship, and “open and affirming” faith communities, which deny essential scriptural truths.
We now view ordinary Christianity as extraordinary, or perhaps even as sin.
Perhaps it is because of this watering down that we have believed the lie that we need to keep our faith private and not speak into the culture. That there are two realms — the sacred and the secular. Not at all! Either Jesus is our life and governs every aspect, or we are not alive in Christ at all!
If the Gospel hasn’t changed our lives, we haven’t accepted it, and are not beneficiaries of His grace. This is sobering, as it should be. We are called to examine ourselves in light of the Gospel, and judge ourselves, not by our peers’ actions and reactions, but by the Word of God. If we are not in line with it, if we are offended by it, if we are unwilling to live by it, we would be presumptuous to trust our eternal security.
Do we live our lives worthy of this very Gospel? Does our faith cost us anything? Should it perhaps cost us everything? In attempting to keep our lives, we lose them, but in losing our lives for Jesus’ sake and for His Gospel, we gain an eternal glory to which nothing in this world compares.
We have allowed a stunning degree of apostasy into the church. We have played the harlot with the gods of this world. We have trampled the grace of God with the foulest of sins, and we have failed to reprove — and worse, even given hearty approval to — those who prostitute themselves to an Americanized “grace.” In doing so, we have baptized converts into the very gates of hell. For this, we must give an account. From this, we must repent.
Christians, our country is falling fast into an evil that steals, kills, and destroys. That evil is socialism, an ideology devoid of God, an ideology that dictators have used to rise to power at the expense of the vulnerable. Do the names Lenin, Stalin, and Hitler bring up any hint of virtue? No, these men are considered an anathema in the rolls of history. These men were all socialists, communists, Marxists.
Socialism, a pretty name for Marxism, is purely evil. Today it may look like the government is doing some good things that fall in the realm of socialism, but don’t be deceived. Consider public education: isn’t it a good thing? How would our children learn to read and write and do math otherwise? How would they become responsible citizens otherwise? What about the poor who can’t afford private schools?
Don’t fall for it!
John Dewey, father of modern public schools, believed that the best way to change the society for the better was through education. As a religious humanist, Dewey believed it was the duty of the schools and other social institutions to transform society, from what he saw as the antiquated traditional model embraced by theists, to a modern secular society ruled by pragmatism and a devotion to community ideals.
Public schools are a socialist construct. Before the state ran public schools, the church offered free education to those who were able to partake. Others were home educated in academics, practical skills, vocations, or a combination. The humanistic, socialistic takeover of schools was by design, and as a result, we have ridden the slippery slope into a pit of immorality and decadence, and our children can not understand the Bible or the Constitution, and they scoff at both. Government has no place in educating our children; it is our responsibility as the church and as the family.
The result of the slide into socialism is that we now are canceled as old-fashioned, homophobes, closed-minded, delusional bigots who are out of touch with reality. In many cases, our neighbors, family members, friends, and even our own children have developed animosity and bitterness toward us, but more importantly toward the God that created them. Yet, some still spout scripture to justify their attitudes and action, and they even use it against us.
For example, in my home state, our governor regularly cites his faith as reason to implement tyrannical measures to “fight the coronavirus,” yet this same man defies the God he cites allegiance to by celebrating homosexuality and abortion. This man who alleges to personally feel the pain of every loss to this virus has no problem severing the livelihoods of healthy people and shaming those who don’t agree. He tramples liberty and belittles those who disagree.
Submitting to unjust laws is not Biblical. Should the German Christians have submitted to Hitler? Of course not! But it was a gradual descent, one that they probably didn’t see because it started out subtle and continued subtly until they got to a point of no return. It likely would have been hard to recognize as it was happening, unless they were really paying attention. In saying that, I’m not likening any of our government officials to Hitler, but I’m simply saying that, if the German Christians would have seen the whole picture from the beginning, perhaps they would not have submitted to the gradual steps that got them to the horrific place they ended up.
I don’t believe this nation has much longer. However, that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try to hold back the darkness as long as we can. I don’t necessarily mean to take up arms. But I do mean that I will not submit to unjust mandates if it is in my power to resist, and I’m not doing it to “demand my rights,” but instead to demand your God-given, Constitutionally-affirmed, rights as His image-bearers. If that makes me unpopular, or if it brings me difficult consequences, so be it. Regardless of how one feels about liberty, it is an absolute, and I won’t give up our collective liberties without resistance.