Socialism – the pitch and the goal, part 10
Continued from last week.
Most of us have this in-laws that make us roll our eyes. In my case, he’s my brother-in-law.
However, he recently said one thing about our life on earth, which was profound: “We are all tenants here. Indeed, “we are all tenants here” captures the fleeting and transient state of our lives on earth.
Monarchies, socialism, communism, fascism and capitalism are all sold as ways for us to have a bit of heaven on earth. Yet they all fail to one degree or another; and when we die, they personally collapse completely.
A high school classmate told me last week of socialism, “I don’t agree with the general use of the term socialism to describe giving a heart to help someone in need.” . It is just the outgrowth of the Love of Jesus Christ that dwells in the hearts of those who have accepted it. Because many societies and nations have had a foundation of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ and his sacrifice on the cross for us, the action of his Holy Spirit and the Word of God have affected the morals and character of people. people, even those who do not profess to trust Jesus, so much that they have compassion for others in need and desire to help them when they can. I think that would be a more precise understanding of the gifts that you described.
Socialism and many others isms, are mankind’s feeble attempt to have heaven on earth without God. And that’s why they fail. They are like the Pharisees of old – they are trying to create a caring and generous world through age-old rules and regulations without the love imparted by our Creator.
You absolutely cannot give willingly to others without love. It’s impossible. Do you give Christmas or birthday gifts to people you don’t like? Of course not.
Therefore, the isms must use the threat of incarceration or worse.
Thus, in the 20th century, over 100 million (some reports say up to 140 million) people were murdered in the name of socialism and communism – far more than in the name of fascism (estimated at around 40 million).
How would Karl Marx feel if he knew it was the product of his thought? Remember, he created this mess as a guess. He never really experienced it.
Humanity has a bad streak. It was said that if Adam and Eve had been Cajuns, they would have eaten the serpent instead of the fruit, and all would be well. I don’t know about it.
However, it is in our nature to have a bad streak and most isms amplify this evil streak by forcing people to be loveless donors.
Oddly enough, capitalism, which is as natural as gravity, seems to amplify this evil streak the least. Moreover, capitalism, when controlled by proper regulations, can do a lot of good. Capitalism is the good, but not the big one, ism.
I said very early on and in the columns before this series, that I believe in small group socialism where everyone knows all the members, because these really are places where love for human beings can flourish. I still believe it.
It is a broad brush, a great socialism with its universal programs and its failing bureaucracies, mainly because they lack love.
Take, for example, Social Security, which at first glance sounds good, but was created without love. I never voted for Social Security or for anyone who enacted Social Security (they were all dead or pissed off when I arrived).
Yet I have been forced by the threat of incarceration to contribute to this system since March 1970, when I got my first real job at $ 2.50 / hour. The promises made as to what I would get out of Social Security were cut back several times over the years that followed. Yet the government has taken more and more of my earnings, and my employer’s earnings year after year, on behalf of Social “Security” – a collection of loveless transactions.
Now, I am the age where I can apply, have applied and receive social security – only to get my money back. I never believed in the program.
However, for religious reasons, I did not retire. Moses never retired. King Solomon never retired. The apostle Paul never retired. I cannot name a retired person in the Bible.
I am not passing judgment on you, if you choose to retire, I will simply suggest that it is not for me, again, for personal religious reasons. I may get too weak to work, but I won’t retire if I can get up in the morning.
So how are my personal beliefs affected by Social Security? Now, every month, because I refuse to retire, my current Social Security payments are equal to half the check I get from Social Security. You could say that my religious beliefs forced a tax on my Social Security check of 50 percent.
If I wanted to talk about it, I could say that government policies discriminate against me on religious grounds. I won’t, and it’s a blessing to be able to work. But this is just one example where one size does not fit all when it comes to the weak big ideas of socialism imposed on us without love.
Yes, socialism is just one of mankind’s weak attempts to create heaven on earth – and these attempts have failed every time, for they are ungodly and loveless. Remember this when you hear the “promises” of politicians.
Jim Thompson, formerly of Marshall, graduated from Hillsboro High School and the University of Cincinnati. He resides in Duluth, Georgia, and is a columnist for The Highland County Press. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.