The Bible as anti-statist?
I am not a religious person because I believe that at its core Christianity is inherently socialist. However, maybe it isn’t that the religion is inherently socialist but that the people who preach Christianity are. I came across an interesting article from Adam Graham over at Pajamas Media who posits that socialists like Michael Moore deconstruct Christianity in order to advance their own selfish ends of implementing a socialist agenda in the United States. Mr. Graham why this is so:
Jesus is no different to Moore and his ilk, just a figure who can be spun to fit the paradigm of the leftist elite. However, to achieve this end, Christianity must be deconstructed. The inconvenient words of the Christian scriptures must be ignored. The Old Testament must be ignored and it must be said that the apostle Paul was not inspired by God, but speaking out of turn when he said that those who refused to work should not eat. Vital aspects of the Christian faith such as salvation and the resurrection are de-emphasized in favor of social programs.
Indeed, when Michael Moore debated with Sean Hannity on his show, he would frequently mention that he is a devout Catholic Christian, but would never give any context as to what he meant about being a devout Catholic. When he would quote Scripture he would only quote the part that fit his agenda. When the Bible is read in context, then you get an understanding of what the Bible means. For instance, consider this short passage from 1 Samuel 8:10-18:
10So Samuel told all the words of the LORD to the people who were asking for a king from him. 11He said,(I) “These will be the ways of the king who will reign over you:(J) he will take your sons and appoint them to his chariots and to be his horsemen and to run before his chariots. 12And he will appoint for himself commanders of thousands and commanders of fifties, and some(K) to plow his ground and to reap his harvest, and to make his implements of war and the equipment of his chariots. 13He will take your daughters to be perfumers and cooks and bakers. 14(L) He will take the best of your fields and vineyards and olive orchards and give them to his servants. 15He will take the tenth of your grain and of your vineyards and give it to his officers and to his servants. 16He will take your male servants and female servants and the best of your young men[a] and your donkeys, and put them to his work. 17He will take the tenth of your flocks, and you shall be his slaves. 18And in that day you will cry out because of your king, whom you have chosen for yourselves,(M) but the LORD will not answer you in that day.”
In the above Scripture, Samuel is warning men against replacing God with a king because in the end, a king, no matter how benevolent he will be, will nevertheless become a tyrant as he will demand more be given to him at the expense of his subjects’ freedom. A socialist like Michael Moore might state that he has no interest in making a man a king, but would instead vest the powers within the state and have the state make these decisions. However, this is a false dichotomy because of two crucial points: 1) if you establish a king, then the king becomes the de facto government and makes decisions and laws on behalf of the people and 2) the “state” still must be run by men and the “state” is a singular entity thus making it a de jure king.
Yet, does the Bible have any opinion on what the role of government should be? Yes it does, and once again it is that of the traditional role of protector of rights and liberties and punisher of those who seek to circumvent the laws of the land:
1Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. 2Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. 3For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and he will commend you. 4For he is God’s servant to do you good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword for nothing. He is God’s servant, an agent of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. 5Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also because of conscience. 6This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, who give their full time to governing.
The Bible presents the traditional role of government as concise as does the Constitution: protect the liberties and freedoms of those who follow the law of the land. When the socialist deconstructs the Constitution or the teachings of Christianity to meet their socialist goals, they ensure that that we will be subjected to the whims of a king (i.e., them) and force us to a life of servitude to this king. As God has warned, don’t go looking to Him when you bring Hell on Earth through socialism.