“If I have seen further, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants”
-Sir Isaac Newton
With Newton I confess that I am not original. I have not stumbled upon the truths I am about to delineate unaided. I am, in fact, still climbing in order to stand erect upon the shoulders of such men as Francis Schaeffer, Albert Mohler, Jordan Peterson, and many others whose names elude me at the moment. Their influence on me has been great thus far, but I have barely begun to scratch the surface of their works. I plan to continue to study, learn, be shaped, and be corrected by these men and any others by plain reason or clear, honest Scriptural exegesis.
All of this to say that I am just beginning to learn. I am not claiming to be an expert and I hope that you don’t take anything I claim at face value. Please research these things for yourself and draw your own conclusions based upon the facts. What I am claiming is far too important to respond in any other way.
My claim is that Socialism is ultimately part of a religion and worldview.
Firstly, we must trace through the questions that each worldview must answer. After this, we will see the murderous outworking of the answers given. Finally, we will see how we, as Christians, are uniquely equipped to combat this evil worldview.
Why is there something rather than nothing?
“Although atheism might have been logically tenable before Darwin, Darwin made it possible to be an intellectually fulfilled atheist.”
Until Charles Darwin came on the scene, the West was able only to answer this basic question in one way: theism. Where did everything come from? God created it. Why did God create it? Because He wanted to. Who created God? God is uncreated. These were the basic assumptions of every scientist for centuries. Darwin, however, with his book, On the Origin of Species, revolutionized Western thought. No longer did scientists begin with the premise that all things came about by special creation; now it was assumed that everything came about by what were called “natural processes.” These were the processes by which animals selected mates and passed on their genes so as to hone, refine, mutate, and grow their own species from simple organisms into complex organisms able to survive in their environment more ably than their ancestors.
So, where did everything come from? Chaos. According to Evolution, everything came about from chaos. There was nothing, and then there was chaos, and then something happened,—this is never defined with any degree of confidence—and then everything came about. Then why did everything happen? What is the telos of the world, the solar system, the galaxy, the universe, and, by proxy, me? There is no why according to Evolutionary Theory which satisfies. It states that we exist merely to procreate, pass on our genes, and die. What human do you know who would be happy with this?
Meaning must exist. It simply must. Enter Socialism. Evolutionary Theory cannot stand on its own without leading to Nihilism. The people who adopt a more optimistic view of Evolution say that it is our duty to evolve further. We must build, grow, and evolve into the heavens. This bears a striking resemblance to the humanism outlined in Genesis 11 and is the same lie from Genesis 3 that we see reiterated time and time again, “You shall be like gods.” Accompanying this belief that people really are the center of meaning is the belief that people really are capable of building a tower that reaches into the heavens. Socialism is the latest and greatest attempt to do this very thing.
What’s wrong with the world?
“A man does not call a line crooked unless he has some idea of a straight line.”
Look around you. What do you see? In every newspaper there is a section entitled “Obituary.” This is a list of all of the local people to have died that week. Here is a challenge for you. Go and read through all of the obituaries for the next year and then try to assert that there is nothing wrong with the world. It is overwhelmingly obvious that there is something dreadfully wrong with the world. Every worldview must therefore answer the question of why this is the case. What is it that is so wrong about the world? Christians operating out of a biblical worldview know and understand that the answer to this question is sin. The transgression of God’s Law is what has caused this death and destruction in the world. But, how does one who is a subscriber to Atheistic, Evolutionary Theory answer the question? Well, it would be dishonest to pretend that all such adherents would answer this question as a monolith. It isn’t the case that all of these people would answer in the same way, but the ones with whose worldview I’m here dealing would seemingly answer with “inequality.”
How do we fix this?
With their understanding that people are the apex of all things, they assume that people are therefore people are all to be completely and totally equal. If we are not all gods, how can the Devil’s lie be established? There must be a way to set us all up in a pantheon that includes everyone from the greatest to the least. Thusly, with the use of government coercion, Socialism is implemented. Goods must be equally redistributed and salaries must be totally equal regardless of profession. This must be done by government coercion because no one willingly gives up everything they’ve ever worked for in order to give it to someone who didn’t work for it. At gunpoint, all people are made equal.
The results of such a move include, but are not limited to, gray androgyny, lack of incentive for innovation, scarcity of food, and finally, punishment of thought crime. These are massive consequences, all implemented because the solution proposed by the Socialist is governmental intervention. Believing the government is powerful, good, and well-managed enough to enact all of these things successfully, a leader emerges and becomes the apple of the people’s eye—or else. This, in effect, creates something of a theocracy. The government becomes the theos, or god, and this leader becomes a messiah, born to deliver the people from the tyranny of the bourgeoisie. He ensures that all of the wealth is redistributed, all of the goods are redistributed, and that blasphemy against the State will not be tolerated. After all, how dare citizens be critical of a body coming in and robbing them of everything they’ve ever earned? How ungrateful can you be?
Where is this all headed?
It wasn’t until recently that I realized that Socialism has an eschatology, or a study of the end times and how that will play out. As the Millennial Kingdom of Christ is to Christianity, so Communism is to Socialism. Total redistribution is the goal. This is achieved when the leaders of the government step down and make themselves equal with the working class citizen once more. All is right in this world as all of the people have now become gods.
However, this is a lie. Communism never comes. See, the State is a jealous god and will not relinquish the power given her by the people. Besides, if the people deserved to be gods, the State wouldn’t have been necessary to implement all of this. No, the State remains in power until its messiah dies, its economy crashes, or it is taken over by outside forces. Communism is unattainable.
How do we fight this?
There is one, and only one, way to battle false religion: proclamation and practice of true religion. And we know that our fighting doesn’t rest upon our shoulders alone, but also upon Christ’s who is with us always. (Matthew 28:18-20)
We must proclaim the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ or we will lose to the evil that claimed the lives of approximately 100,000,000 people in the 20th Century. We cannot continue to fight this as though it is simply a political ideology. It is a worldview that leads to a religion. We don’t need converts to conservatism to combat this, we need converts to the Lord. Soli Deo Gloria.
22 Claiming to be wise, they became fools, 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.
Romans 1:22-23 (ESV)