One of the most astute economists, professors, and columnists in America today is Walter E. Williams of George Mason University. Here is a Williams classic quote:
"This is why socialism is evil. It employs evil means, coercion or taking the property of one person, to accomplish good ends, helping one's fellow man. Helping one's fellow man in need, by reaching into one's own pockets, is a laudable and praiseworthy goal. Doing the same through coercion and reaching into another's pockets has no redeeming features and is worthy of condemnation."
(From the article "Evil Concealed by Money," November 19, 2008).
Photo above: (Photo by Lavandeira jr - Pool/Getty Images). Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.
Thus, programs such as the government control of healthcare under the 'ObamaCare' law amounts to government-sanctioned stealing. Such programs depend on the coerced confiscation of money from citizens in order to pay for the benefits of the few.
From time immemorial such a notion has been condemned as morally and ethically reprehensible. Yet government has a knack for redefining what is good and right and moral. In essence, the elitists purport that if the government sanctions stealing, then it is not stealing.
No one with a clear sense of right and wrong can affirm such a perverted and distorted concept.
Yet ever since the latter part of the 19th century, churches have increasingly jumped on board the bandwagon with condescending moralizing about the evils of the profit motive, the virtues of the confiscation of the hard-earned wages of the citizens to pay for the freebies of others, and the near-blasphemous assertion that Jesus Himself was a proponent of Marxist principles.
The reason for the church's involvement in this wretchedness is not far to find. The Progressive Movement, from its inception in the late 1800s, proposed as one of its goals the infiltration of all institutions of society, including the church, in order to accomplish its subversive ends.
And infiltrate the church, they did...with a vengeance.
The movement became known during the late 1800s and early 1900s as 'Christian liberalism.' Its hallmark 'doctrines' were that the Gospels are not about personal salvation, individual responsibility, or the freedom to make individual choices out of free will, but totally about 'collective salvation,' 'the greater good of society as a whole,' and the coerced participation in collectivist, Marxist programs designed to create 'the kingdom of God on earth.' Certain factions within the movement, such as 'liberation theology' even go as far as to advocate violence in propagating a Marxist paradigm to destroy 'oppressive capitalism.'
Some of the worst offenders in promoting a Marxist paradigm in the name of Christianity are Jim Wallis of Sojourners Magazine, the Reverend Jeremiah 'G.D. America' Wright (Obama's former Pastor), The United Church of Christ (UCC), the Unitarian Universalist Association, and large factions within the United Methodist Church, the Evangelical Lutheran Church, the Presbyterian Church US (NOT the many conservative Presbyterian churches!), and the Episcopal Church, among others.
The problem is that nothing about the Kingdom of God involves coercion of any kind. Unless participation is voluntary, then the entire rationale for being involved is rendered null and void. Individual desire and choice is the key that unlocks the treasures of participation in this 'kingdom.'
But the minions of Christian liberalism, which still exist today in the old 'mainline' Protestant churches in America, have successfully removed any such treasure that results from participating in the Kingdom of God. After all, if a government program can take care of it, then as an individual I can absolve myself from any personal choice or initiative in helping the poor on my own. I pay my taxes and my taxes help the poor. That is my contribution.
Such a notion goes against not only the letter but the spirit of the story of the Good Samaritan as told by Jesus. When the Samaritan man encountered a fellow traveler along the side of the road who had been robbed and beaten nearly to death, his compassionate fellow pilgrim took no thought about any government program that may exist to help him. The Samaritan portrayed true compassion for the needy. He immediately came to the man's aid, tended to his wounds, and made him fit for travel to a place for further help.
Not only that, but he went much, much further. He placed the man on his own beast of burden, took him to a place of care--an inn--and paid out of his own pocket for the man's upkeep and care. He then proceeded to tell the owner of the inn to continue to care for the wounded man until he was well, and that whatever expense was incurred he himself would repay in full the next time he passed through.
Leftists, especially religious ones, are quick to wax eloquent in their holier-than-thou moralizing about how government is obligated to take money from citizens to help the poor. Yet there is nothing in the story of the Good Samaritan, told by Jesus Himself, about any such concept whatsoever. The story is 100% about INDIVIDUAL responsibility to help the poor, not collective responsibility.
Why is this distinction so vastly important? Collective responsibility depends on government-sanctioned stealing and is therefore oppressive and immoral. Individual responsibility is matter of personal choice and initiative.
Most of the hard-core Leftists I know wouldn't lift a finger to help anyone in need on a personal basis. Yet they wish to steal my money, and yours, to create a government program to do so, and then attempt to brow-beat us over the head with a guilt-trip if we do not support their 'programs.'
Thus, when the so-called 'compassionate humanitarians' of the Left, including those involved in 'Christian liberalism,' howl to high heaven about how cold and mean we conservatives are concerning the poor, my message to them is this--the next time you do what the Good Samaritan did, personally, individually tending to a wounded man, paying for his entire medical bill out of your own pocket without expecting ANY 'reimbursement' whatsoever, then and only then will I listen to your incessant drivel about how government needs to steal my money to help the poor.
It is time we called out 'Christian liberalism' for what it is--an evil concept born out of Marxist Progressivism rather than the Gospels.
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