Every week a hundred stories, if not a thousand, illustrate the truth that the Bible is the most relevant and reliable book on the
school’s library shelf. Having been a preacher for almost 50 years,
it is my purpose to pick a story each week that illuminates the impact the
Bible has had, could have, or should have on “modern” mankind.
The Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, made headline news. Bob Costas made news when he described Russian Communism as a “pivotal experiment.” PIVOTAL? How about FAILED experiment! How about DISASTROUS experiment! This “experiment” cost around 50 million lives, plus millions sent to Siberia.[i] The Soviet Socialist experiment failed at every level to produce the “paradise” it had promised. So, great was the failure that a literary supporter wrote Animal Farm to ridicule the failures of the Russian experiment—the pigs are in control! The Russian “pivotal experiment” proved that Marxists are mad, Socialists are shams, and liberals are lunatic.
The Olympics at Sochi give a glimpse inside communism—where the water looks like urine and the bathrooms don’t work—and an elaborate fireworks display and closing ceremony conceal the “blessings of utopia.” Every liberal should have to spend 10 years in a Russian gulag, 10 years in a Chinese slave shop, and 10 years in a Cuban hospital. Every American student should have to read Animal Farm and spend a semester studying the reality of communism.
Over the years many liberals have said that Jesus was a socialist/liberal and that the Bible teaches communism. Exactly, what does the Bible say about this “pivotal experiment” in history called socialism/communism/Marxism?
The founding fathers of America were steeped in Biblical teachings. They founded this nation upon the Biblical principle of free enterprise, not the ideals of socialism.[ii]
The Pilgrims actually tried socialism first in American. They were under contract to a company in London. The contract established a “socialist” style of government where all land was held in common and the excess profits would go back to England to pay for their passage to America.
The Pilgrims almost starved to death, not because America was too harsh, but because many were too lazy and would not work hard enough to make the crops or colony a success.
So, William Bradford develops a plan. He simply gave to each family a plot of ground and told them they would have to work it. If they didn’t, then they would starve. The end result is history: the Pilgrims prospered and passed the same idea along to all the colonies—free enterprise and America began prospering.[iii]
The idea of private property rights was very sacred to early Americans—influenced by John Locke—who considered life, liberty, and property to be the basic God-given rights of all.[iv] To these early Americans the phrase “pursuit of happiness” included property rights and so much more.
George Mason wrote the Virginia Declaration of Rights, just one month before the Declaration of Independence was signed, in which he said, “That all men are by nature equally free and independent, and have certain inherent rights, of which, when they enter into a state of society, they cannot, by any compact, deprive or divest their posterity; namely, the enjoyment of life and liberty, with the means of acquiring and possessing property, and pursuing and obtaining happiness and safety.”[v]
A free society is based upon property rights as a fundamental principle, not the Marxist ideal that government owns all property. These two ideals are more than mere opposites; they oppose each other just as light fights darkness. In the Communist Manifesto, Karl Marx identifies the bourgeois as the middle class property owner and says that this person must be swept out of the way.[vi] Now, you know what the true objective of liberalism is—destroy the middle class. Liberals/Marxist want to destroy private property and family rights.
On the other hand, the Bible established property rights in the Ten Commandments. Exodus 15:15 and 17. Thou shalt not steal. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s land etc. These two commandments establish the right of individuals to own property and to have their property rights protected by the government.
Not even the government has the right to steal or covet their neighbor’s land. But as the Declaration of Independence states: “That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men,…”[vii] Across our nation, the government is abusing “eminent domain” to rob individuals of their private property.[viii]
When God delivered Israel from Egyptian bondage, He established the first truly free nation on earth. The first lesson of that free nation was that freedom of worship was central to liberty—they learned this at Mt. Sinai with the Ten Commandments. Our Founding Father deeply believed that liberty depended upon freedom of worship and upon God’s Word being the law—all man-made laws being based upon those principles.[ix]
The second lesson that the free nation of Israel learned was when Joshua gave to each tribe and then to each family a portion of land. Each family inherited land that would be the source to their happiness, safety, and prosperity. Even if the family lost their property through poverty, the property was to be restored to the family in the Year of Jubilee—every 50th year.
Property rights are fundamental to a free nation. However, when a government can regulate property rights, then freedom does not exist. Divine rights have now become government “privileges” that are won or lost according to their whims.
The third lesson learned by this newly freed nation was that the parents have the right and the responsibility to educate their children, not the state, king, or government. Children are God-given gifts to parents. Unknown to most Americans, the government took the right to educate children unto themselves back in the 1970s when Carter established the Department of Education. Government bureaucrats consider parents as mere government agents who have received the “privilege” to raise their children from the government as long as parents meet the qualifications of government bureaucrats. Homeschoolers are fighting for the parental right to educate their own children. However, most students are doomed to the public—government controlled—system.
The parental right to educate their own children could be returned immediately if Congress would pass a Constitutional Amendment that gave vouchers to every student and gave the parents the right to use the vouchers at any school of their choice: homeschool, private, charter, or public. This Amendment would put the right of education back into parents’ hands, where it belongs. The benefits of this Amendment would be immeasurable. American education and students would excel! Liberals don’t want success; they want control!
Do Russians have more religious and educational rights than Americans? The International Association for Religious Freedom thinks so.[x] By the way, educational rights are property rights because our children belong to the parents, not the government.
Remember the old Wendy’s advertisement—Soviet Fashion Show—ridiculing Russian variety in clothing—“Is Daywear.” There was no variety. No matter what the announcer said, the model returned in the same drab clothing. Watch here.[xi]
This is the liberal answer to everything—only one choice—the government’s choice. “Is School choice!” “Is Healthcare!” “Is America’s future!”
Beam me up, Scotty!
Liberals love to cite the Bible and Jesus as supporting their lunacy. They claim that the early church taught communism. It is true that the early church at Jerusalem had people who sold everything and gave it to the church, but it was never commanded that all the people give up their property or that the government control all property. This early exuberance made the church in Jerusalem so poor that Paul had to take offerings back to Jerusalem to help the poor church. Acts 11:29. Socialism always brings abject poverty.
The early church was not an example of communism, but charity. The church has been one of the most dynamic forces for giving to help the helpless. Multiplied millions of dollars every year are given through the churches to minister to prisoners, to the homeless, to recovering addicts, to the sick, to the hurting…and the list is endless.
Liberals also love to misquote Jesus. They love to say he is the ultimate example of a liberal. Jesus never commanded the government to take money from the rich and give it to the poor—he commanded individuals to give their own wealth away. Besides, if Jesus was truly a liberal, then the New Testament and especially the words of Jesus would be required reading in all of the government schools. Instead, Bible reading was outlawed by the liberals in the Supreme Court because the words of Jesus rebuke the lying, lazy liberals.[xii]
Americans are not truly free if they are not free in property. This includes your wages, money, and savings. The Marxist progressive tax system—oppressive income tax rates of almost 50%—is designed to confiscate “property” from the rich and give it to the poor. Translate that: take from the hardworking and give to the lazy and corrupt. Ironically, a lot of “poor” bureaucratic pockets get filled as the money passes “through government hands.”
Have you ever added up the amount of money you pay each year in income taxes, property taxes, sales taxes, and the ubiquitous federal fees?
Have you considered how much “property” you are losing through heavy taxation? How much land could you buy with that 50%? How big would your retirement be if that 50% went into your Roth IRA?
Where is the Constitutional right to own property, when the government can tax at will without limit ad nauseam?
The Olympics ended with a big bang. Not the fireworks show, but the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Putin used his iron fist to grab the iron hammer to crush the enemy and then the iron sickle to cut down all opposition. Communism is back in the news. Thanks to Obama’s Lilly-livered liberal rhetoric, the Cold War is back on the front page news.
Welcome to the 21st century! Where the Bible is the antithesis and antidote of all the lunatic ideals of liberalism/socialism/Marxism/Communism!
[xii] Matthew 23:4, 14