“The vision of socialism is magnificent. There are benedictions and blessings for mankind on the line of socialism which have never yet taken place; but if once the root of it is cut away from Redemption, it will be one of the most frantic forms of despotic tyranny the human race has ever known.
The utopian visions of socialist and atheist, dreamers and Christians, are all the same, there is no difference in their vision of the united human race, a perfect order of equity, everything in perfect harmony. But how is it to come about?
We’re all “in the soup” right now! No nation under heaven believes it is going to be brought about in Jesus Christ’s way, expressed fully on the basis of redemption.
We all believe it we brought about by line of things that has yet to be tried, socialism. We are on the verge of trying it, and it would be the nearest and finest approach to fulfilling the vision, but at the point where it seems nearest fulfillment, it will make the biggest departure.”
Oswald Chambers spoke out these words during the start of the Russian Revolution in 1917.
But how many Americans, or Free World Countries, REALLY understand what socialism is?
How does a socialist economic system differ from a free market capitalist system?
Is socialism something to be embraced?
Why do many still oppose socialism?
Socialism as an economic philosophy is somewhat an idea that one may take an interest in, but it lives in the realm of theory or potential concepts. Theories, in and of themselves, don’t threaten anyone.
But ideas acted on, do have consequences.
Theories don’t like to be simply hypothetical, they want to take on human flesh and enter the real world.
For socialism to pass from the realm of theory to the realm of reality, it must be forced upon a nation.
In other words, implementing socialism makes it necessary to have a totalitarian government. It’s only by “government decree” that private ownership of houses, lands assets of any kind and the means of producing them are transferred to the state.
“Where do wars come from? Why do people among you fight? It all comes from within, doesn’t it — from your desires for pleasure which make war in your members,” James 4:1.
Winston Churchill made an often quoted comment in how to discern the difference about socialism from communism.
“Capitalism is the unequal distribution of wealth,
Socialism is the equal distribution of poverty,
Communism is socialism with a gun in your back.”
Friends. A lack of forgiveness is absent in all of our current fights and conflicts.
Tit for tat aggressiveness is the rule to be played by and heavily applied too! “HEY! You affected the means of our happiness and now we will deal with you!”
Thomas Sowell statements about Socialism hit a bullseye at the core of the hard facts, saying,
“Unfortunately, neither our educational system nor our media encourage people to test ideas against facts.
Socialism is a wonderful sounding idea.
It is only when you go beyond rhetoric, and start looking at hard facts, that socialism turns out to be a big disappointment, if not a disaster.”
How can there be peace in this world?
Holding up a poster or carrying a banner and the peace sign doesn’t work. Hauling around a spiked club or baseball bat battering windows, was, people and cars is rage and mental illness unleashed.
Holding up a palm branch of forgiveness just might work though.
There IS A loving and JUST God who will make things right someday.
Friends who are believers in a JUST God!
There will be the ultimate justice and making things right! Forgiveness must not seek revenge!
Forgiveness can let go of control, because there is One who will ultimately bring justice and put things right.
And, don’t forget: “”Vengeance is mine. I will repay!” says The LORD,”Romans 12:19.
Our story, our life actions reveal that the Mercy shown to us is the Mercy we freely offer to the world around us.
It’s the gift that keeps on FORGIVING.
“You shall love The LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with your entire mind.
This is the greatest and the first commandment.
The second is like it; you shall love your neighbor as yourself.
The whole law and the prophets depend on these two great commandments.” (Matthew 22:34-40 and Luke 10:25-27)
In His Shadow,
~ Mary Lindow ©
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Mary Lindow has a passion for encouraging others – all generations, careers or vocations to live expressing excellence through personal integrity, healthy accountability, and wise management of talents and skills. She’s a sought after keynote, inspirational, humorous speaker and teacher across the USA and internationally in Ministers & Spiritual leaders Conferences, and training seminars for various organizations.