I am a deeply believing Christian—orthodox Christian. Yes, lower case o. For the purposes of this Post, I’ll confess to being a Conservative Christian—capital C. The Blaze has a story about, Gregory Paul, an atheist, who wrote an article claiming Conservative Christians have perverted the clear message and teaching of Jesus “from Marxism into Capitalism.”
The smaller point is, of course, about the side splitting irony of an Atheist volunteering to correct Christian teaching. Here is a perfect example of Mr. Paul’s “help.”
Many conservative Christians, mostly Protestant but also a number of Catholics, have come to believe and proudly proclaim that the creator of the universe favors free wheeling, deregulated, union busting, minimal taxes especially for wealthy investors, plutocrat-boosting capitalism as the ideal earthly scheme for his human creations.
The Creator of the Universe, creating Man in his own likeness and image with their own free will, expects (the Creator of the universe does not, “favor”) humanity to be without sin. But, they decided to be free-wheeling, brother killing, king makers of themselves instead. Since the wages of sin is eternal death and since the Creator of the universe is a just Creator of the Universe, He came and saved them from eternal death by serving their sentence for them.
Capitalism is, of course, not an ism. It is just a tool. It can and is used for good and it can and is used for evil. Socialism (Marxism) is a system devised for either those who call themselves Atheists, like Gregory Paul or those who call themselves Christians, like Barak Obama, to take your stuff—your property and, more importantly, your freedom.
The larger point is that Christianity has been attacked for years from within by tools of Satan who proclaim that Jesus Christ is a Marxist. The prominent forms are:
- Liberation Theology most prominently in Latin American Catholicism
- Black Liberation Theology in much of the American black church
- Social Justice in much of the American Protestant church.
These are always offered by Satan as a way to clean up and disguise covetness and theft. Shared sacrifice, ya know. “Just trying to spread the wealth around,” ya know. From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs, ya know. A Congressman asked a panel of oil executives, “don’t you believe in shared sacrifice?” “No,” one replied, “we believe in shard opportunity.”
“But, didn’t Jesus teach, feed the hungry?” Yes. Here is precisely what Jesus said in the Gospel according to St. Matthew, chapter 25:
34Then shall the King say unto them on His right hand, `Come, ye blessed of My Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.
35For I hungered, and ye gave Me meat; I was thirsty, and ye gave Me drink; I was a stranger, and ye took Me in;
36naked, and ye clothed Me; I was sick, and ye visited Me; I was in prison, and ye came unto Me.’
37Then shall the righteous answer Him, saying, `Lord, when saw we Thee hungering and fed Thee, or thirsty and gave Thee drink?
38When saw we Thee a stranger and took Thee in, or naked and clothed Thee?
39Or when saw we Thee sick, or in prison, and came unto Thee?’
40And the King shall answer and say unto them, `Verily I say unto you, inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these My brethren, ye have done it unto Me.’
Jesus expect each of us to feed and house and visit and cloth those in need. Those who claim to feed and house and cloth and visit with money they confiscated from you are worthy of the wrath He expressed when He said it is easier for a camel to get through the eye of a needle than for that crowd who are so full of themselves to enter heaven. That is what the Creator of the Universe thinks of, “Spreading the wealth around.”