One day in creative writing class I was probably feeling a bit sour and ended up making some comment about the amount of time it will take our socialistic democracy to decay into communism. It may or may not. Some might even say that our democracy is not socialistic or that our socialism is by no means democratic. But I’m not sure kids spend enough time thinking forward–evaluating the current state of things and hypothesizing on future outcomes. I know, we shouldn’t worry about the future because today brings enough trials, but I’m not worrying, I pondering. It’s fun to think…regardless of what a high school student says.
Anyways, a student smiled and said something to the effect of “Communism is in the Bible so I don’t see what the big deal is.” I smiled. “Oh really? In what way?” Regardless of whether I’m right, the student’s right, or if time is simply wasting away, at least there’s thought here folks…sort of.
So here’s the argument: Jesus taught to take care of the poor and needy. The early church lived together, gave all their money to the greater good, thus sharing the wealth. I would describe this as communal, rather than communism, but what they hay, let’s keep thinking.
I don’t think Jesus was a communist, and I don’t think communism is Biblical. There are people out there who see anything Christian as nazism or dictatorial, but I think that is a skewed opinion, partly because of the way Christians have behaved among other reasons. But here’s my argument against the whole thing (Jimmy T, chime in here, you’re the expert):
- Jesus wasn’t an elitist. In communism, an elite few rule the masses. Sure there was Jesus and his disciples, and every once and a while they felt like they were more important, but Jesus was never happy about this. He spent his time ripping on the religious elite, while talking with prostitutes, dining with tax collectors, and (gasp) taking water from a Samaritan. As humans we are good at establishing classes and subgroups in which to place others, but Jesus always tried to break these down. Even when I was strung up on the cross, he spoke with the criminals hanging next to him. I’m not sure the KGB or the Chinese government have modeled this kind of open acceptance.
- We were created to choose. Starting with Adam and Eve and traveling down through the human family tree, God has allowed people to choose. Sure, there are consequences for choices, but there’s something to be said that we love something/someone more when we choose, not when we are forced into something. Now, many Chinese think they’re leaders are great because the public has access to Internet and cell phones. But there is no choice on the Internet…well there is, but the government has chosen what you can’t access. But God did the same thing in the Garden of Eden–He told Adam and Eve that he would kill them if they disobeyed. Well, technically, he said “You will die.” The truth of the statement is that sin is death, or separation from God. But God also had a plan in mind to save people from sin and death. Anyways, God didn’t sit there and monitor the two, send out spies, or wiretap the tree of knowledge. Instead, he laid out the rules and consequences, and let the two play it out. God is omniscient and knew what they had done, but he still gave them the opportunity to admit their wrong doing–which they then used to point the finger at someone else. Anyways, God built us to choose freely. I wonder what Marx would have said about that?
To be continued…