Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age. Galations 1:3,4
Each week I review a folder that contain blog ideas to see what piques my interest. Socialism keeps coming up. It’s in the news almost daily.
I have touched on it in several times in past posts: Groupthink, History, GI-W = E. In Reading, I noted that millennials are generally poor readers and thus end up with a very shallow base of information from which to do critical thinking.
A recent poll by Yougov shows that close to 70% of millennials favor socialism and would likely vote for a socialist candidate. That’s not a typo. Oh…the same poll says that 64% of Gen Z are similarly inclined. The 2020 presidential election is actually framed by candidates who advance socialist or socialist inspired policies.
To be clear, socialism is an economic and political system in which the government owns and controls the means of production in an effort to promote equality. It favors large government which controls social services and becomes involved in every aspect of the lives of those in the system.
Capitalism, on the other hand, is a system that recognizes private ownership of property, and limited government involvement in our lives. It is based on self-reliance, not a welfare state.
The reasons for the trend in public opinion are various. For many millennials, it is the staggering college debt which now totals around $1.52 trillion. That’s a “T”, not a “B”. The average college debt per student is around $29,800 for those who took out loans in 2018.
It’s beyond the scope of this post to analyze causes of college debt. Two factors exacerbated the situation: a lax student loan government policy and the colleges themselves which have escalated tuition costs because they could.
But the students bear some responsibility in some cases, often pursuing a high cost degree in a field that has limited career prospects. That leaves them up the creek without a paddle.
In many cases, they have adopted a victimhood mentality – they are in a bad position because of the “system”, and if the system caused their problems, maybe it’s time to change the system from capitalism to socialism.
There’s only one problem with that rationale: it is neither biblical nor practical. History has taught us that socialism as an economic construct never works and usually ends up in a totalitarian government.
As for inequality, the wealthy 1% are replaced by the powerful 1% that run the government.
Deaths ensue when the government tries to keep all of its populace in line such as the 100 million that died under communism in Russia in the last century.
On the biblical side, one should realize that socialism is entirely secular. It is an economic ideology that starts with the premise that there is no God. As Dr. Jack Graham states: “Socialism is fundamentally at odds with the Christian worldview because it seeks to suppress all people according to the dictates of the state.”
He continues: “No one serious about their Christian faith can accept socialism and here’s why: ‘Socialism is totally secular and is predicated on atheism’.”
Graham’s comments appeared in a newsletter by James Dobson. It is a worthwhile read and gives a good biblical analysis of socialism vs. capitalism.
The new face of the socialist promise is that “this time it will be different” and “hostility to faith is a thing of the past…..it has changed since the days of Karl Marx.”
Only that is not born out by the facts. Every socialist country still oppress people of all faiths. Look at China, Cuba and Latin America. Can you name a socialist country – whether communist or not – that is open to religious liberty? I rest my case.
The advocates of new socialism say it is neutral on religion; the facts say otherwise. They oppose Christian appointees to our federal judiciary – Brett Kavanaugh is an example.
A Christian bakery in Colorado was sued by the state Civil Rights Commission because it refused to decorate a cake for a same sex marriage. The case went all the way to the US Supreme Court which ruled for the bakery.
Then, there is the abortion movement where 60 million babies have died since Roe v. Wade. The Christian worldview is for the dignity of all life – not just the mother’s life advanced by the pro-choice movement.
The founder of Planned Parenthood, Margaret Sanger, taught that eugenics was good because it helped eliminate babies from poor and mostly black communities.
There have been four Planned Parenthood clinics opened in North Carolina in one county. Every one of them is located in predominantly black neighborhoods. Their placement was not accidental.
I find the tilt to socialism alarming and problematical with a generation that is struggling economically because of crushing student debt. One story which startled me was by Jarrett Stepman who went to the Socialism 2019 conference in Chicago.
Stepman notes that while the new democratic socialism is touted as “anti-totalitarian”, it was hard to overlook a sea of “red shirts and posters of Karl Marx.” There was even an occasional use of the word “comrade.”
One panel discussion was on the topic that “traditional family structure reinforced capitalism and […] that the answer was to simply abolish families.”
Stepman says that the New Green Deal is actually Red and that the movement ostensibly based on climate change is a trojan horse for socialism. The Green New Deal would “change the U.S. economy into a command-and-control economy reminiscent of the Soviet Union.”
One of my favorite sayings is that if something looks like a duck, quacks like a duck and walks like a duck, then it’s a duck. For whatever reason, a majority in the next generation need help in identifying what a duck actually looks like.
MENTOR TAKEAWAY: Your mentee may have a favorable idea of socialism, and one of your roles may be to speak truth.
FURTHER READING: James Dobson Newsletter– Dr. Jack Graham
Millennials Favor Socialism Business Insider
Green New Deal is a Trojan Horse for Socialism Daily Signal
WORSHIP: Listen to God You’re So Good by Passion
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