This morning I was thinking about the different political systems there have been in recent history, and how they strongly demonise each other.
I’ve noted in the past how those who oppose Obama have expressed their dislike of him by calling him a socialist, or a communist. Those terms clearly have strong negative connotations in America, and have been used BECAUSE of those connotations rather than as an accurate identification of his political stance or actions.
It would surprise me if the same situation wasn’t happening in other parts of the world, with the term “Capitalist” being used as a term of denigration where communism has been the dominant political foundation.
That practice of demonization wouldn’t be the only similarity. It seems to me that ALL political systems lead to the same destination, even if they have a different way of getting there. They all end up benefitting a small elite group with incredible wealth, while condemning a large group to extreme poverty. The stability of the system relies upon the majority of citizens being caught somewhere between the two, closer to the bottom end, but with the hope of getting closer to the top.
Capitalism or Communism (or any other political “ism”) – the end result is the same.
Is that surprising?
It shouldn’t be.
Israel had the best form of government possible, with a King who ruled them with complete justice, and His law took care of everyone who kept it.
Provisions were even set up to reset the nation’s economy every 50 years, so that no one could build up obscene amounts of ongoing wealth at the expense of others.
But Israel wanted a different King and they failed to follow the law of the ultimately just King.
God was that King and He gave them what they wanted: a man to rule over them. But He also warned them what would happen when man ruled over man.
The Lord said to Samuel…”you shall solemnly forewarn them, and show them the behavior of the king who will reign over them.”
Samuel told all the words of the Lord to the people who asked him for a king. And he said, “This will be the behavior of the king who will reign over you: He will take your sons and appoint them for his own chariots and to be his horsemen, and some will run before his chariots. He will appoint captains over his thousands and captains over his fifties, will set some to plow his ground and reap his harvest, and some to make his weapons of war and equipment for his chariots. He will take your daughters to be perfumers, cooks, and bakers. And he will take the best of your fields, your vineyards, and your olive groves, and give them to his servants. He will take a tenth of your grain and your vintage, and give it to his officers and servants. And he will take your male servants, your female servants, your finest young men, and your donkeys, and put them to his work. He will take a tenth of your sheep. And you will be his servants. And you will cry out in that day because of your king whom you have chosen for yourselves, and the Lord will not hear you in that day.”
(1 Samuel 8)
The same thing will always happen no matter what the name given to the ruling political system, no matter how man attempts to change things for the better.