Less than seventy-five years ago, six-time candidate for the Socialist Party of America, Norman Thomas, stated:
“The American people will never knowingly adopt socialism, but under the name of liberalism they will adopt every fragment of the socialist program until one day America will be a socialist nation without ever knowing how it happened.”
Signs now suggest many Americans have been seduced by socialist ideology resulting in a more secular society where man is god and manipulates outcomes. Christians are not immune from the influence of this worldview that leads to the death of economic stability, morality, and accountability in government.
In the Iowa caucuses a few weeks back, Democrats overwhelmingly supported Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders – an avowed “democratic socialist” – with 84 percent of those under 30 backing him…
Robert Knight of The Washington Times suggests,
People falling for the siren song of socialism are not callously ignoring the many failures and atrocities committed in that doctrine’s name; they’re often blissfully unaware. For the past several decades, government public schools and nearly all colleges have touted socialism’s principles of redistribution, racialism and class envy while declining to connect the dots between socialism and tyranny, examples of which abound.
…Every individual Christian is responsible to obey God’s Word and do what we can to manage our (His) resources to help those in need, and humanitarian efforts should coincide with the preaching of the gospel. Once the State gets involved however, evangelism is not allowed.
Christians need to be the hands and feet of Jesus, but poverty and hunger will never completely be eradicated.
The poor you will always have with you, and you can help them any time you want. But you will not always have Me (Mark 14:7).
To liberals, “social justice” means a level of fairness as defined by them and enforced by the state. Their argument is that the church has generally not done a good job taking care of the poor – which is true – so the government must step in. The solution should never, ever be government intervention.
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