Recently I posted some thoughts relating to an article on Andrew Strom’s blog. Several accusations levelled against Andrew in comments following his article included terms like “socialist” and marxist”. Here I offer a few of my own thoughts about the use of those terms.
“Socialism” “Marxist” “liberalism”etc. are the evil straw-man enemies that people have been conditioned to throw around whenever the “American way” and American spiritual mythology is questioned. It dates back to the 1950s and McCarthyism – when a onetime ally (Communist Russia) came to be more valuable as an enemy to be feared and abhorred.
Socialism is deemed evil because the idle poor allegedly devote themselves to handouts from the rich – removing their responsibility and motivation to work.
This of course differs greatly from Capitalism and its support of an idle rich whose wealth is maintained through the work of the poor. (And if the local poor expect too much payment for their labour, the rich can always outsource their work to nations where poor labourers can be “hired” for practically nothing).
NEITHER of these political ISMs is the answer. But also NEITHER of these political ISMs is THE problem.
THE problem is GODLESSNESS – which is not only the denial of God (as in communist Russia), it is also the adoption of OTHER things in place of a God who we may profess to acknowledge (as in the USA).
We can sing God’s praises with our lips while displaying Godlessness with our attitudes and actions.
The elevation of ANY political ideology is one such act of godlessness. The idolising of any nation is equally an expression of Godlessness.
God requires ALL of our allegiance – not just the bit left over after we’ve stood hand over heart saluting the flag of an earthly kingdom.