Socialism and communism are antithetical to the American experiment that recognizes that we derive our rights from God. Socialism and communism essentially confer rights to a central government to decide how production is distributed. These ideas are not American. Why does this matter?

There are many voices on the left such as Bill Maher, Jon Stewart, Van Jones, Michael Moore and many others who are essentially espousing the benefits of socialism, or government takeovers of industry. I recently was discussing the ideas of socialist thinkers in America and why we needed to combat this thinking and why that thinking is dangerous to our freedom and liberty. Since the conversation was with fellow believers, I thought it would be good to summarize some of that discussion here.

My concern is that it is important that we confront this ideology or we will lose (indeed we have already largely lost) the uniqueness that is America and the American experiment. Abraham Lincoln understood the uniqueness and the difficulty in sustaining it when he gave his Gettysburg address, “our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure.”

We are not fighting a violent civil war today, but we are engaged in a serious battle of ideas that will test if a nation conceived in Liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal can long endure”

The battle of ideas often takes the form of innocent questioning of our free market system, insisting that socialism can better deliver liberty and equality to man, but these questions are based on a false pretext, that government can deliver Liberty and equality. That thinking turns on its head the recognition of our founders, that it is God who bestows our liberty and it is God who creates us equal. Socialism wants to take what God has given and guarantee equal outcomes. It can not and should not be done and we should not fall for the deception.

It is true that the American experiment has produced much evil to go with the great good that it has brought, but socialism is a form of tyranny and as such it is anti-God. Until we recognize the fundamental difference between the American experiment of free markets and socialist control of markets and freedom and the dangers that brings, it is very hard for us to really try to correct the American experiment. We must clear the decks and realize tyranny is not for us and recommit ourselves to our founding principles. Only then can we truly begin to correct the abuses of our system.

For example to try to compare the deaths “caused” by the American experiment with the multiple holocausts of socialism/communism and its tyrannical spawns is to totally misunderstand human history. History is full of man trying to dominate man and attempting to bring oppression. The American experiment is one of the few and largely successful attempts to go against that grain. When we try to draw a moral equivalence between tyranny and the American experiment, we undermine the effort to cut a new path against the grain of the history of oppression that has been this world’s tragic legacy. We can and should be upset, outraged and attempting to amend the faults of America, but to relegate it to the same status as the various doctrines of tyranny (of which communism is arguably the worst) is a grave error.

I am standing in defense of a principal of governance best exemplified by America that allows for life and liberty and freedom of faith, from those who toy with the ideas of socialism and communism, systems that are directly in conflict with the American ideals. As a culture and as a church we have become too enamored by these ideologies. We should know better. We should be thankful to God for America and seek to improve and perfect her rather than transform her into a socialist/communist tyranny.

As Walter Williams would day, Socialism at its core is driven by envy and greed and as such is in direct violation of the 10th commandment, Exodus 20:17 “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife or his male servant or his female servant or his ox or his donkey or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”

Capitalism is certainly not immune from greed, but in a capitalist society greed is a corrupting disease but not a core of its ideology. The Marxist, Stalin, Leninist, Mao strain of socialism and communism is a political movement that at its core has an envy of the wealthy and a desire to “take wealth and to redistribute it” as if wealth just ‘is’ and evil capitalists have unfairly taken what could have been someone else’s, rather than wealth being something that is created by individuals (see parable of the talents).

Capitalists know that what has been going on in America the past 70 years is at the very least socialistic leaning but more recently pretty blatant socialism in certain sectors of the economy. Many of us have not recognized the socialism that we are so deep into now because creeping socialism is like the frog in the pot of water, you turn the temp up gradually and you don’t realize you are boiling. We are close to the point of no return.

Every Democrat President since FDR and most Republican Presidents since FDR have had socialistic sympathies, but Barack Obama is an unequivocal Socialist. Takeovers of the car companies, financial institutions, health care industry, public lands (barring drilling for oil) and numerous other actions make it pretty clear what we are dealing with. Socialism always seems like a good idea but when we finally realize the freedoms we have lost it is usually too late to do anything about it.

Barack Obama’s socialism is why he is not American – socialism is specifically contradictory to our founding documents. He did say (in what could be construed as treason) just before he was elected that he was going to fundamentally transform America. (He actually then swears to uphold the constitution, so not sure how you do that while fundamentally transforming America). Unfortunately for us, he has undertaken to do exactly what he said he would do through the confiscation of private property (private industry takeovers referred to above), “tax the rich”, play class warfare and rule by executive decree.

Barack Obama is not a President in the American tradition – note his posturing during this debt ceiling debate – “I can not guarantee SS checks will go out.” (Aside from the fact that this proves politicians have been lying for years about the SS lock box – the fact of the matter is FICA withholding from our paychecks are specifically collected for the purpose of paying current social security obligations and Obama can not stop the Social Security payments from being sent). He is just lying to scare senior citizens. This is not Presidential, it is shameful.

Sadly, the church is often an enabler of socialism in the name of caring for those in need. It is a crafty deception of the enemy to go down that road and that is why I am so passionately opposed to the Jim Wallis/Sojourners strain of Christianity. Sojourner’s tends to socialist thinking and therefore they tend to enable socialists. Socialists entrenched tend toward communism. Socialists tend to impose their will via political force, communists will stop at nothing to get what they want. Both ideologies are a form of tyranny but as Mark Levin would say, the former is a soft tyranny whereas the latter is a hard tyranny. Neither movement is very tolerant of religion in general and Christianity &/or Judaism in particular unless those religions go along with the state agenda. We are in a very dangerous place as a country and most of us are sleeping soundly. Alas it is a sad fact that the church, that should be wise as serpents are as naive about this as a new-born child.