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Saturday, July 10, 2010

Are Christianity and Socialism Compatible?

Why is it that socialistic countries work so hard in eliminating Christianity? In fact, they try to eliminate any religion that doesn't allow everyone to go to heaven. Why is that? Simply put, it goes against their desire to make everyone alike.

Socialism has been around our schools for some time. Every child gets an award so that no child feels like he has been slighted. Unfortunately, this takes the desire away from the children who worked so hard to achieve the best. We have honored the mediocre and less to keep anyone from feeling bad. We never realized that we have damaged more than we would ever seen come about naturally.

The inability to fail prevents people from succeeding. People can pursue something in which they are mediocre and receive awards so they never look for the thing for which they are best suited. We have kept them in mediocrity by awarding it. They didn't look elsewhere because they were getting awards right where they were. People are  not motivated unless they are dissatisfied with the status quo.

What does this have to do with Christianity? Christianity says that we should always improve. We are becoming like Jesus. It is our destiny. Christianity says that God has called us to be excellent at what He has called us to do. Christianity says that you can't be mediocre and win the prize. That is a threat to any egalitarian espoused ideal. The particularism of Christianity infects the universalism of socialism.

Sure, we have the story of the Good Samaritan. Socialism tries to make that story one of helping those who are down and out. It isn't. Take a closer look. It is a story whose main point is teaching who is really doing what is right. Making this parable a story of socialism is like saying the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears is really about beds.

No, Christianity tells the story of the man who gives money to his servants as he goes away so that they will invest it for him while he is gone. He returns to find that those he gave the most made the most. He finds the last one having done nothing with his money. He neither made or lost any because he did nothing. That man is thrown out. He did nothing and received punishment.

Some look at their education and claim that they are a product of socialized education because they went to public school. They actually believe this malarky. This is why our schools are going to spend more than ever and get less and less. The problem is not with our teachers. The problem is not with how much money we spend in the school. The problem is in the homes of the children. We are not products of the public education. We are products of our families. The destruction of the home will result in children learning less and less in school. Those societies who have a low divorce rate and place a high value on the family are excelling in education. The reason the US is dropping is not because we haven't spent enough money on education. It is because the teachers can only do so on the foundation laid by the children's families.

Christianity is says, "Go to work. Do your best. Expect God's results for your effort." It surely doesn't tell us that we will all receive the same no matter what we do. That's not even true in heaven, by the way. We shall all stand before the judgement seat of Christ to receive our rewards for what we have done in this life.

So, socialism must ridicule Christianity. It must call it oppressive. It must make it the reason for wars and famine. It must make it full of hypocrites and charlatans. It must discredit Christianity. True, full blown socialism has a hard time existing alongside Christianity.

1 Corinthians 9:24 (NIV)
Do you not know that in a race all runners run but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way to get the prize.

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