Why Socialism Now
The social and civil institutions of a people reflect its spiritual commitments. Thus, when we are told that socialism is gaining traction in our land, we can be certain that we have again changed our gods and further departed from our original covenants. Socialism is a messianic view of the state. It is the hideous offspring of evolutionary science, materialistic philosophy, and humanistic religion. It rejects the just rule of the God of heaven, mocks at notions of self-government, personal responsibility, and historical patience, and is committed to utopian schemes funded by the persecuted wealthy or printing more fake money. Socialists define justice in terms of power and pillage, especially hating public mention of God as the source of law, while never wasting a crisis to further their agenda of a monolithic state. Hatched in hell by the arch-deceiver, socialism is dangerously blind or insidiously quiet about some of the bitterest lessons of recent history. Socialism has proven extremely destructive to the world, especially in the last century and a half. South and Central America have been ruined economically and politically by the application of these theories. Much of Africa is in turmoil because of its fiery revolutions. Europe and parts of Asia have suffered bloodbaths because of these views. Socialist movements have always given way to increased statism and autocratic rule, with would-be deliverers promising to establish peace and justice, only to crush the masses that rallied behind them.
With such a bleak and bloody track record, it might seem that socialism would find few friends in the “land of the free and home of the brave,” but this is only because we forget the spiritual component of our national life. It is the most important component, if for no other reason than that supposedly modern men are childishly deceived into thinking that their religion or lack of it has no bearing upon their national fortunes. The most dangerous enemy is the one whose existence is ignored or denied. The church has not patiently proclaimed the inseparable tie, for example, between national obedience to God and blessing. It has not warned that rejection of the God of our fathers inevitably leads to national judgment. Justice and prosperity are not birthrights or political guarantees but blessings from the Judge of heaven and earth. They are not guaranteed by good laws, for evil men hate the rule of law – except their own. The reason our land, its peoples and institutions, are enduring upheaval is because “all those that hate me love death.” The nation that forgets God will be turned into hell – political, economic, and social.
But socialism may be gaining adherents in this land (it well serves the interests of most media outlets to make this claim) because we are running out of money and easy credit. Nationally and individually, we have borrowed beyond all reason. The prosperity of the past, such as it was, now seems unattainable, except for the few who have manipulated the situation in their favor. The masses are angry and disillusioned. Throw in heavy doses of widespread discontent with personal circumstances, envy, fear about the future, and politicians that come forward promising “free everything by taxing the wealthiest,” and socialist crusaders will gain acceptance. And since truth has fallen down in the streets, most see nothing wrong with simply printing more money and giving government unlimited power to right all supposed wrongs. This is a spiritual problem, a heart rebellion issue. Men who will not practice self-government under God will look to savior-governments to bail them out. Austerity, contentment, and patience do not gain votes or stir up the required revolutionary spirit. Balanced budgets, which are a reflection of biblical faith, are no longer seriously discussed.
Behind these basic truths, we must not forget that Babel is always lurking. Call them globalists, centralists, or the city of man seeking security without submission to God, and it is easy to see that socialism serves a deeper, more insidious agenda: global statism. As in Jesus’ parable, in which the wicked men said, “We will not have this man to rule over us,” this has become our nation. It will not have Jesus Christ to rule over it. Even the church cringes at this exclusive call. Do you mean that we should not be in favor of religious freedom? Is this not at the heart of the United States? Not in its secular, agnostic version, and certainly not according to our original organization, for the men and women who came here were Christians. There was certainly the desire for denominational freedom, but not Moslem freedom. Islam does not bring liberty and freedom but slavery and tyranny to the fanaticism of the mullahs. To argue that the First Amendment gives equal rights to Satan worshippers is to dig up our founding documents and their authors from their graves, draw and quarter their remains, and then to burn them in the public square. A nation that loses its faith, equates all faiths, confesses no faith but man, will not long enjoy religious and civil liberty. It well serves the agenda of those who believe in nothing but themselves, seeking nothing but their own prosperity, and desire nothing but a state that controls everything.
Socialism gains momentum when the church preaches a half gospel. All Protestants in this land are descended, some more consciously and gratefully than others, to the blessed Reformation of the 16-17th centuries. We have not held fast to its vision for our national institutions. The two kingdoms then discussed, the civil and the religious, were declared to be equally under the authority of Jesus Christ, the enthroned King. When his reign is spiritualized, separated from real history, and otherwise relegated to heaven, the world of politics, education, and science, at least in the minds of many, is released from its duty to bow the knee to Jesus Christ. This is a serious loss of vision, emasculates our faith, and reduces the claims of Jesus Christ. All kings and judges must bow the knee to him, bring their gifts to him, and rule in terms of his law, or they are guilty of stealing his majesty and authority.
As serious and very spiritual as all these matters are, Satan instigates socialist movements. He does all in his limited power to lie and murder (John 8:44). Socialism is a lie – the bayonet, the ballot box, and robbing the rich will not bring prosperity and peace. Socialism in every form results in death. Hundreds of millions have died under the lie of socialism’s promise – starved, marched off to war, godly traditions killed, peace and truth killed, love for one’s fellowman killed, treating others with dignity as God’s image-bearers killed, politeness killed, hard work and self-denial killed. And for what? To gain access to someone else’s money and lifestyle, to institute a national spirit of suspicion and antagonism. Wherever lies and killing abound, Satan is driving his slaves to do his dirty, deadly work.
But by far our highest consideration is God himself. We should tremble when we remember that he is just. I know not what has driven this conviction so far from our breasts, but it was surely a poison wind blowing from the pit of hell. Have our satellites and science and sports tied his hands? Are we now protected from his judgments by a bloated bureaucracy, money on demand, and sophisticated supply chains? I think not. Socialism is one of his judgments against men who will not be ruled by his Son, who will not confess as Nebuchadnezzar: “And at the end of the days I Nebuchadnezzar lifted up my eyes unto heaven, and my understanding returned unto me, and I blessed the most High, and I praised and honored him that lives forever, whose dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom is from generation to generation: And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and he doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What are you doing? At the same time my reason returned unto me; and for the glory of my kingdom, mine honor and brightness returned unto me; and my counsellors and my lords sought unto me; and I was established in my kingdom, and excellent majesty was added unto me. Now I Nebuchadnezzar praise and extol and honor the King of heaven, all whose works are truth, and his ways judgment: and those that walk in pride he is able to abase” (Dan. 4:34-37).
May God in mercy soon restore our understanding and reason! He will abase the proud. He rules over all his through his Son. There is no peace, justice, or prosperity except through bowing our hearts to him and rejoicing in his kindly rule over us. This was the forced confession of a pagan emperor. Let it be our willing confession, by the power of Christ, for the honor of his name, and for his saving blessing upon our land. He is longsuffering, but he is also just. His hand strikes slowly, but it strikes heavy. He will yet receive, forgive, and bless us, but we must come humbly before him, wash ourselves in his wounds, turn from our sins, and teach all men all the things he has commanded us in his life-giving, liberating word. Let us seek the King’s mercy for our land, beseech him to open hearts to his truth, and make his church a bold witness to his gracious reign.