Is Marxism a Christian value – does it lead to a better life on Earth? Many Christians support at least some of the stated principles of Marxism and many are in full support of socialism and the liberal agenda. Properly framed, Marxist ideas sound like Christian ideas. There is a power to the people component – that the weak, helpless, and poor will be taken care of and will have a voice. It is implied that the rulers will represent the interests of the common man. The Marxist slogan is, “From each according to his ability to each according to his need”.
The Christian Church supported many of the Marxist revolutions in South America. Powerful and corrupt rulers and their cronies were accumulating massive wealth while the poor were oppressed and starving. By any measure, it was David and Goliath, good versus evil. It pits the promises of Socialism, Communism, and Marxism against the reality of an unjust and unfair system. This led to Liberation Theology, a blend of Christianity and Marx. This Marxist infusion turned centuries of Christian doctrine on its head. Rather than being responsible for following Christian principles and practices as outlined in the Bible and then answering to God, the Church now sanctioned a seizing of power and wealth with a promise of a better life on earth rather than a promise for eternal salvation.
This new alliance brought together former enemies, the Church and Marxism, to build a better world. What originally started with the USSR burning a 100,000 Churches and killing 95,000 Russian Orthodox priests, now has them as teammates promising a better life. Two doctrines; one believing in God given rights, sanctity of life, individual responsibility and, in the end, salvation, the other believing in rights given by a powerful government with the individual surrendering to the collective for the earthly betterment of all.
Two hundred years ago America was formed with a quite different ideal. America’s Founding Fathers were Christians and scholars. They read the great literature of Cicero, Plato, John Locke, Adam Smith, and the Bible. They studied the lessons of history, the Anglo-Saxon Natural Law, the Magna Carta, and the Roman Empire. They recognized their recent plight as British subjects who sought to make a “more perfect union”. They penned a document far different than that of Liberation Theology. It recognized man’s God given rights not to be given or taken away by Government. Life, liberty, property, and a means of defense are paramount rights to all men. It also recognized that a man is responsible for his own actions and will make choices that serve his self-interests and by his own efforts achieve success or failure. The Government’s role was to make and enforce laws to promote fairness and equal opportunity, protecting a man’s natural rights and liberties. Laws and justice were to be blind and equally applied to both the strong and weak, a philosophy represented by a blindfolded Lady Justice.
Marx’s philosophy was inspired by the French Revolution in which the “Oppressed” overthrew the “Oppressor”. People are binned into one of two groups – good or bad – oppressor or oppressed. It is a self-imposed constraint that strains logic, ignores free will, and generates forced conclusions. In the eyes of Plato and Locke people moved from the country into cities to improve their position. Work was available, and the population provided the market. A free man could make a choice based on his self-interests. Marx, on the other hand, saw this as oppression. The wealthier (oppressor) hired the new arrivals (oppressed) and did not pay an appropriate amount for their labor since the goods were sold for more than the combined cost of the raw materials and the cost of the labor thus generating a profit. Marxism attempts to enforce a Utopian society on earth in the heavy-handed implementation of state mandated fairness and equality of outcome.
Until very recently, most Americans did not support the values of Socialism. Now, however, we have many Democratic Legislators supporting “Democratic Socialism”. One side in Congress, the Conservatives, support the Constitution as written and values the freedoms. It recognizes and supports the Judeo-Christian origins in the founding of our country and places the individual and their rights prominently at the top. They could also be called the Constitutionalists. The other side believes in a living Constitution which can be changed at will. They call themselves Democratic Socialists and are true to Marxist principles. They believe the health of the Collective is more important than the individual. Thus, individual rights can be curtailed if it suits the needs of the Collective. Some believe in infanticide and euthanasia, the ultimate sacrifice of the individual for the Collective. They also have confidence that the Government can improve the way businesses are run to the advantage of the proletariat or worker.
I would encourage all to pay attention. Read the party platforms, take the time to understand the difference of our political parties. Look at the historical performance of Capitalism and the various levels of Marxism. History has not been kind to Marxism and its offspring Communism and Socialism. It has resulted in the loss of millions of lives and loss of the most basic of freedoms for more hundreds of millions. Understand what is proven and true and separate it from the promises. To date, Liberation Theology and the poorly defined Socialist Democrat has not resulted in the slaughter of millions but the current collapse of South American economies and the masses of fleeing refugees speak of potential disaster for any country embracing Socialism.
To paraphrase Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, a great man – The truth can keep you free.
Joe Grant, Wiscasset