Christianity Verses Marxism

I’m curious as we look at the recent events in America, how many realize the foundational belief system these things are tied to?  When we discuss Palin and the feminist / egalitarian nature of the modern evangelical, do we realize that it is Marxist theology that most evangelicals are spouting when they defend their position?

When we talk about the economy; both the troubles and the foundation of our system, do we see that it has been, since it’s inception, a move towards a socialist world order, based on Marxist ideology?

I wonder how many evangelicals have ever read the short Communist Manifesto to understand the ideas Frederick Engels and Karl Marx outline as their vision of the world economic system.  I must recommend it to everyone who, on one hand claims the name of Christ, and on the other is not self aware concerning their beliefs.  Epistemological self-consciousness is a requirement for Christians.  We are to take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.  In other words we must know why we believe what we believe and where those beliefs come from.

Understanding that Karl Marx and Engels where against the industrial capitalism put forth by America, I would recommend a review of their short manifesto as a means of understanding where much of the modern evangelical thought has its roots.  The capitalist are the bourgeois they rail against.  But these are not the same capitalist that we have today.  The capitalist of today as you will see looking over the points below are very much in line with Marx and Engels.  The original capitalist would be the ones who believe in free market economics.  The capitalist of today, believe in government bailouts and the illusion of free market economics.

It is interesting to review the points quoted below from the Communist Manifesto and then watch some of the recent media about Palin or about the Economy.  You will see there is very little difference in the modern capitalist, political leader, or media pundit and Marxist thought.  Of course the greater tragedy is that there is very little difference between today’s evangelical church leaders and Marxist thought.  Here is a link to the entire manifesto, which is a short read and highly recommended as we seek to understand the challenges our nation faces.  The quotes below should be enough to encourage a thorough study of the material.

The communist revolution is the most radical rupture with traditional relations; no wonder that its development involved the most radical rupture with traditional ideas.

But let us have done with the bourgeois objections to communism.
…Of course, in the beginning, this cannot be effected except by means of despotic inroads on the rights of property, and on the conditions of bourgeois production; by means of measures, therefore, which appear economically insufficient and untenable, but which, in the course of the movement, outstrip themselves, necessitate further inroads upon the old social order, and are unavoidable as a means of entirely revolutionizing the mode of production…

Nevertheless, in most advanced countries, the following will be pretty generally applicable.

  1. Abolition of property in land and application of all rents of land to public purposes.
  2. A heavy progressive or graduated income tax.
  3. Abolition of all rights of inheritance.
  4. Confiscation of the property of all emigrants and rebels.
  5. Centralization of credit in the banks of the state, by means of a national bank with state capital and an exclusive monopoly.
  6. Centralization of the means of communication and transport in the hands of the state.
  7. Extension of factories and instruments of production owned by the state; the bringing into cultivation of waste lands, and the improvement of the soil generally in accordance with a common plan.
  8. Equal obligation of all to work. Establishment of industrial armies, especially for agriculture.
  9. Combination of agriculture with manufacturing industries; gradual abolition of all the distinction between town and country by a more equable distribution of the populace over the country.
  10. Free education for all children in public schools. Abolition of children’s factory labor in its present form. Combination of education with industrial production, etc.

When you hear our leaders talking about the government taking over the home mortgage industry or the banking industry you are talking about a move towards the Marxist vision for the world.  It has been stated here that this was part of our system from the foundation.  When the government sanctioned corporations and trading pools they took production and wealth out of the family structure and placed it, by means of regulation, into the hands of the civil government.  This is a departure from Biblical thought where the example is production exists in the family, and a move towards Marxist thought where production resides in the hands of the state.