Yearn to breathe free.
Socialism cannot recognize individual rights. Christ told us not to be socialists. But we are. Our nature is attracted to benefits, without giving thought to the consequences.
Throughout history, we had to be set free from the problems of socialism.
- Abraham delivered us from Babylon.
- Moses delivered us from Pharoah.
- Christ delivered us from Roman Empire’s martial law.
They set their followers free. Now it is your turn.
After they were free, the entire community took care of themselves without a central government. There was no central government for the first 10 books of the Bible. Then, Saul was elected as king. This election was evil in the eyes of the Lord, according to First Samuel 12:17.
When Christ led his followers away from the Corban of Rome, they had to hide in caves to avoid being fed to the lions.
The Mayflower Pilgrims set themselves free from King James and his government published Bible. Quakers were executed in Massachusetts until the 1650s. They yearned to breathe free.
In the U.S., wagon trains of freemen headed west to set themselves free from government. When their communities became federal territories, they wrote their State constitutions in order to free themselves from federal jurisdiction. Their huddled masses yearned to breathe free.
According to Thomas Jefferson in his 1798 Kentucky Resolution, state inhabitants are not subject to federal law, except for the three crimes mentioned in the Constitution, “and no other crimes whatever”. If you are subject to federal laws, you might want to find out why. Throughout history, new freedom finders had to learn how to take care of themselves. They had to voluntarily help the orphans and widows, heal the sick, feed the hungry, comfort the afflicted, shelter the homeless, provide for old age, etc. They had to establish justice, punish criminals, and provide for the common defense. These are your natural duties, even without a government.
Soon, it will be your turn. By the way, the pioneers had to trade among themselves and the locals using only the coins they brought with them and the goods/crops that they made. They used a non-government “monetary system” of gold and silver. I recommend a book, Miracle on Main Street, by F. Tupper Saussy.
You have a duty to help out your neighbor. It is one of the definitions of the word “Religion”. Religion is how you take care of the needy of society. (see Webster’s first edition definition of religion. Second meaning. Religion is the performance of your duty to God and to your fellow man.)
You cannot be set free until you learn how to take care of your neighbor as you would want them to take care of yourself. The Golden rule is not just a wise saying, it comes from Christ himself in Matthew 7:12. Christians obey Christ.
Become a self-sufficient community. At Pentecost all of the Christians had to immediately start taking care of one another. Organize yourselves in the tens, fifties and hundreds, just like Moses and Christ commanded.
If your social welfare is coming from socialist men who exercise authority, (“exercise lordship” in the KJV, rule over others) to call themselves benefactors, then YOU are not going to be free.
You are not operating according to the perfect law of liberty (that takes care of widows and orphans, James 1:25,27 to keep yourself unspotted from the world). You are not operating according to a system of faith, hope and charity. You are using a system of force, fear and violence. And you are not following the commands of Christ. You must set up a daily ministration (Acts 6) to voluntarily take care of the needy of your society.
If you are coveting your neighbors’ wealth through men who exercise authority over others, you are doing the opposite of what Christ said to do. Christ himself said we are not to be that way (Luke 22:26). But, you are that way. Christ kept warning us over and over again. Peter, James and Paul, all said it. Mark chapter 7 tells us that Corban (forced sacrifices) nullify the word of God. And even the pagan empires knew that forced redistribution of wealth would turn people into perfect savages. *
Christ continues in Luke 22 verse 26, and tells us to have a bottom-up government — implied: where we choose which servant will administer our voluntary donations (sacrifices) in a “daily ministration” (mentioned in Acts 6) to the needy of society, in a welfare system of love-your-neighbor. Not a top-down government to force our sacrifices (socialism). And certainly not a government where you get to elect your new masters.
You are not born again if you keep doing evil (John 3:18-21, for example). If you exercise authority through an agency of socialist government that uses force to take from your neighbors, then you are doing evil, you cannot be born again. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s wealth. You have no right to live comfortably at your neighbors’ expense.
If you covet your neighbors’ wealth to educate your children, provide health care, provide senior care, or even pave the roads (Read Madison’s veto of infrastructure appropriations bill), then you are not Christian. You are not born again.
Cartoon entitled “Planned Economy or Planned Destruction?” was from a 1934 Chicago Tribune, right after they took our gold, and while the Social Security Act was being debated.
A Christian is one who obeys the commandments of Christ.
Repent and sin no more. Seek ye first the kingdom of heaven and all his righteousness (Matthew 6:33).
*Before the Pax Romana, and before the Roman bread and circuses, and before the Caesars, and before the Colosseum, the pagan Roman Empire knew that Socialism was morally bankrupt. They knew that socialists would revert into perfect savages. Why don’t we know this today?
About 2150 years ago, Historian Polybius wrote The Histories of the Roman Empire, Book 6, section 9: “But when a new generation arises and the democracy falls into the hands of the grandchildren of its founders, they have become so accustomed to freedom and equality that they no longer value them, and begin to aim at pre-eminence; and it is chiefly those of ample fortune who fall into this error. So when they begin to lust for power and cannot attain it through themselves or their own good qualities, they ruin their estates, tempting and corrupting the people in every possible way. And hence when by their foolish thirst for reputation they have created among the masses an appetite for gifts and the habit of receiving them, democracy in its turn is abolished and changes into a rule of force and violence. For the people, having grown accustomed to feed at the expense of others and to depend for their livelihood on the property of others, as soon as they find a leader who is enterprising but is excluded from the houses of office by his penury, institute the rule of violence; and now uniting their forces massacre, banish, and plunder, until they degenerate again into perfect savages and find once more a master and monarch.”
Even Abraham Lincoln told us the same thing, September 11, 1858: “Accustomed to trampling on the rights of others you have lost the genius of your own independence and become the fit subjects of the first cunning tyrant who rises among you.”