“AND DO NOT CALL ANYONE ON EARTH YOUR FATHER; FOR ONE IS YOUR FATHER, HE WHO IS IN HEAVEN. AND DO NOT BE CALLED LEADERS; FOR ONE IS YOUR LEADER, THAT IS CHRIST” (MATT. 23:9-10).
Democrat primary wins are indicating that the Democrat Party is becoming more transparently socialistic. The following is from an editorial published in The Washington Post:
Democrats want to talk about Republicans living in the past, but the new progressives, as they like to call themselves, are in fact a lot like the old socialists. They want free college, free cash, free health care, new mandates for this and that, and so on. The latest progressive policy du jour to be gaining traction among Democratic Party presidential hopefuls is the so-called “job guarantee.”
For once I agree with Hillary Clinton. She said that her loss can be attributed to the fact that the Democrat Party is made up of a majority of socialists. The shift is among the young:
According to the 2017 YouGov-Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation Report on U.S. Attitudes Toward Socialism, more millennials would prefer to live in socialist countries than they would in capitalist countries. That fact reveals a powerful force shifting today’s Democratic Party.
In addition, Robert Reich is promoting his video to gain support for abolishing the Electoral College. He knows that it would be nearly impossible to amend the Constitution to abolish the Electoral College. He is proposing a workaround that amounts to stealing votes from a presidential candidate who wins the majority of votes in a state. This is a perfect strategy for a socialist like Reich and would be a double whammy if enough socialists get elected to Congress.
Most modern advocates of the caretaker State believe that the only hope for mankind is for citizens to relinquish personal responsibility and hand more authority over to the “experts” who work in the bureaucratic halls of civil government. Some have called this “womb to tomb” security. This is the false security of the prison cell: free shelter, food, clothing, and educational and vocational training. Any society that seeks to substitute God for Government will eventually find itself enslaved by government. Socialism is a form of self-induced slavery.
A slew of candidates are running in the 2018 elections as in-the-open socialists, in the latest sign that the Bernie Sanders wing is looking to expand its political footprint — as mainstream Democrats, in turn, embrace their big-government policies.Those running under the socialist banner this year include nearly two-dozen candidates, for offices at all levels. One, Texas attorney Franklin Bynum, … proclaimed he’s running on a “far-left” agenda as he touted his Democratic Socialists of America “comrades.” (Fox News)
It is no accident that God is called “Our Father” because He gives us “life and breath and all things” (Acts 17:25). God is our Father by creation. The State has not called us into existence. “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness” are not given to us by the State; rather, they are an “endowment,” gifts from God’s gracious hand.
When the freed Israelite slaves were hungry, instead of turning to God their Father for provision, they turned to the supposed security of tyrannical Egypt: “Would that we had died by the LORD’s hand in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the pots of meat, when we ate bread to the full; for you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger” (Ex. 16:3). Their god was their appetite (Phil. 3:19): “For such men are slaves not of our Lord Jesus Christ but of their own appetites” (Rom. 16:19).
God fed the Israelites in the wilderness, and yet they sought the supposed security of Egypt instead of the freedom and security they had with God as their Father. Even after God provided them the food they needed, they still grumbled. Egypt still seemed attractive.
“And the rabble who were among them had greedy desires; and also the sons of Israel wept again and said, ‘Who will give us meat to eat? We remember the fish which we used to eat free in Egypt, the cucumbers and the melons and the leeks and the onions and the garlic, but now our appetite is gone. There is nothing at all to look at except this manna’” (Num. 11:4-6).
They were saying, “You can’t beat security . . . three meals a day … a roof over our heads . . . steady work …. ‘Slavery? That’s such an unpleasant word …. We always knew where our next meal was coming from…. That’s security.” No, that’s a dog’s life.
Did you catch what they said? They believed that things had been “free” in Egypt. Free? They had been slaves! They had paid for these things with their own lives. A return to Egypt meant bondage to a system where they had no voice in the way they lived. There was no future for them in Egypt. Their children’s children would be slaves, called into service to build a civilization to the glory of Pharaoh. Marching on to Canaan meant a promised land “flowing with milk and honey” where they could build a civilization based on the blueprint laid out in Scripture for the glory of God and as a beacon to the nations (cf. Deut. 4).
Slavery is the demonic imitation of service to God. When men rebel against God, they are rejecting God as their Lord and Master. In doing so, they fall under the mastery of sin and ultimately under mere men as their rulers.
We should not expect God’s covenant people to choose being slaves to the State over freedom in Christ: “If therefore the Son shall make you free, you shall be free indeed” (John 8:36). The status that the Christian has is no longer one of abject slavery but of servant-sonship: “God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, Abba! Father!’ Therefore, you are no longer a slave, but a son; and if a son, then an heir through God” (Gal. 4:6-7)…
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