Thursday, December 19, 2013

Never Call A Marxist a Marxist

I wish I had the power to ignore the definition of words.
People with this power seem so happy.
Here's a guy who has that power.
Such a happy article about Marxism being an important part of Christianity.
I'm sure Karl Marx would agree.
Marx said, "Religion is the impotence of the human mind to deal with occurrences it cannot understand."
...could have come straight from the Sermon on the Mount!!
The author's quote:
"No, my critique of capitalism is not because I'm a Marxist (not that there's anything wrong with that) -- it's because I'm a Christian."

Without the power to ignore the meaning of words, this concept will implode your brain.
(not that there's anything wrong with that)
It's okay.
Imploded brains aren't a problem in a culture where feelings trump everything.
It's almost 2014 and poor people still exist.
How can that be?
It is because some people aren't poor.
Rich people don't care about poor people.
That's why rich people hate Marxism
...and Christianity.
Rich people never read the New Testament.
This is evidenced by the total absence of global charity efforts.
Nobody in the entirety of Christiandom is working on behalf of the oppressed.
I dare you!
Try and name just one organization that addresses the problem of poverty.
To do his part in assisting the poor...
At the bottom of the page, the author lists some quotes from Jesus about poor people.

Luke 6:20-21: "Blessed are you who are hungry for you will be filled..."
...A direct command from Jesus for rich people to feed the hungry.

Luke 4:16-19
"The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favour."
...another obvious call for rich people to care for the oppressed.

Matthew 25:34-36 
Then the king will say to those at his right hand, "Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me."
...Jesus commending those leaders in government who increased taxes on the rich in order to ease the suffering of the poor.

Mark 10:21-22 
Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said, "You lack one thing; go, sell what you own, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me." When he heard this, he was shocked and went away grieving, for he had many possessions.
...Jesus speaking openly about the need for Marxist government to force greedy rich people to pay their fair share.

Luke 14:12-14 
He said also to the one who had invited him, "When you give a luncheon or a dinner, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, in case they may invite you in return, and you would be repaid. But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind. And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you, for you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous."
...Harsh command about the sin of feeding lunch or dinner to friends, relatives and rich people. Breakfast is the only meal that true Christians may serve to wealthy people.
Luke 16:19-25
... Not going to list the whole thing here. It's the parable of Lazarus and the rich man. You can read it for yourself.  It's a story about Jesus being in favor of government regulation in regard to charity.

Luke 11:39-42 
Then the Lord said to him, "Now you Pharisees clean the outside of the cup and of the dish, but inside you are full of greed and wickedness. You fools! Did not the one who made the outside make the inside also? So give for alms those things that are within; and see, everything will be clean for you. "But woe to you Pharisees! For you tithe mint and rue and herbs of all kinds, and neglect justice and the love of God."
...The Pharisees were the ruling elite so this is yet another example of Jesus advocating government policies for social justice.

Luke 12:16-21 
Then he told them a parable: "The land of a rich man produced abundantly. And he thought to himself, 'What should I do, for I have no place to store my crops?' Then he said, 'I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I will say to my soul, 'Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.' But God said to him, 'You fool! This very night your life is being demanded of you. And the things you have prepared, whose will they be?' So it is with those who store up treasures for themselves but are not rich toward God."
... An obvious statement about the need for taxation. Jesus is saying that rich people never part with their wealth until true Christianity (Marxism) forces them to do the right thing.

These are the only verses the author lists, but how many do you need?!!
It's clear that Jesus entire ministry was the advancement of Marxist ideology.
He may have made a few obscure comments about 'the Kingdom of God'.
He might have mentioned that he was not interested in anything except his 'Father's will'.
He suggested that it does no good to inherit the Earth and forfeit your soul.
Those are minor points.
The heart and soul of Jesus teaching was giving more wealth to the poor.
In case you're still in doubt, here's another quote from Jesus himself:

Matthew 26:8-11
When the disciples saw this, they were indignant. “Why this waste?” they asked. “This perfume could have been sold at a high price and the money given to the poor.”
  Aware of this, Jesus said to them, “Why are you bothering this woman? She has done a beautiful thing to me. The poor you will always have with you, but you will not always have me." 
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Matthew Leighty said...

Christians of all means should be giving sacrificially, according to what they have received from the Lord, to help the poor. The problem with Marxism is the stripping away of the right to be generous. Jesus never advocated for forced, government instituted, worship of Himself as God. Men are free to choose. Freedom to follow Christ or Satan, to be selfish or generous, to obey the law or not are all freedoms that our Lord never took away.

Alpha Dude said...

Mr. Leighty has a good point. And I must strongly, yet respectfully disagree with you Mr. Branyan. Jesus did NOT teach that it is okay for the governemtn or anyone else to force anyone to give or distrubute wealth to the poor. He commands us as followers of Christ to take care of those less fortunate. Because I am a Christian, I help those in need. Because I am a Christian, I follow Jesus's teachings and follow His examples and value other's needs ahead my own. "As you have done it to the least of these, you've done it to me".
Jesus did not advocate for government control. He told us to respect those in authority over us. In my humble opinion, your interpretation of those scripture verses is incorrect and you have read things into them that are not there, and are not true.

John Branyan said...

Alpha Dude, you and I are in agreement. My article is a response to the linked HuffPo article. The included scripture references are theirs used in support of the idea that Christianity and Marxism are ideologically related. My sarcasm was obviously not apparent and for that, I apologize.