Why Communism Cannot Be Actualized

Before I start my text I would like to show my appreciation to Amanda Aucoin, professor of Western Civilization at the Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, from whose class notes I borrow most of what I present in this text. 

The 19th century was a thriving time for political “isms” to flourish. Edmund Burke sparks Conservatism, John Mill gives birth to Liberalism, Tomas Malthus has a strong influence in Economic Liberalism, and our friend Karl Marx comes up with Communism.

The West Germanic exile compiled a small booklet to be kept in the worker’s pocket at all times–the Communist Manifesto (1848). While in his exilic times in Belgium he began to solidify the ideas that would turn socialism into communism. But beyond story-telling, my goal is to give a fairly simple response to a complicated question: “why did communism fail to become actual?” I believe actualization never came about because Marx’s predictions were simply mistaken.

Marx, in his hate for religion, rejected human depravity and believed that humans have an inherent power to change. [In the perfect society], “we will have from each according to his ability, to each according to his need,” which really sounds good and I believe anyone with a good heart would love this idea to actually come about. The problem number 1 is, Marx was wrong about humanity. Humans are not good, and education after the “revolution” would” not exclude the need for government while we all live in the happy land. But we will get there soon.

Of course, I do not believe in economic determinism; I do not believe the sub and superstructure can be as easily defined. But Marx was not trying to present a system for 21st-century people like us, he was talking to 19th-century workers! His system, in the way he intended, would never come about in our good America.

The base of Marx’s system is this: in the base (sub), the bourgeoisie exploits the proletariat, and it does so by owning the means of production. Here is where a great name, often forgotten, comes into play: J. W. F. Hegel. Hegel believed in the Idea of the Dialect, which basically affirms that society thrives and determines its history in the notion of opposition. This dialect of going back and forth with ideas is the engine in which we drive our world. Marx simply changed that to class struggles. And class struggles is the false vacuum that will eventually come to a resting point in the true vacuum of Communism.

The synthesis, unless the one of Communism, always has an antitheses. It, then, generates a new thesis. This new thesis, the synthesis, is now capitalism, and the proletariat and working classes are the antitheses. The new thesis to solve this? Communism. And from this point on there is no improvement because we are in the true vacuum–all are satisfied with Communism (in Marx’s head).

How will this new synthesis come about? Through a revolution. The International Associations of 1864 and 1889 debated this with high hopes. Marx believed that Capitalism was dying, that the middle class was declining, and that the working class was languishing. Based on these beliefs is his idea of Communism coming about. If his ideas on this are correct, then Communism can come about successfully. The problem is, his presuppositions and predictions are as bad as Malthus’ predictions of world hunger. Workers would eventually rise up because the working conditions would only get worse. Problem is, they did not. Vacations were implemented, less working hours were granted, higher wages,  work safety policies, higher class housing, in summa, everything got better. Why would the working class rebel with better conditions? In fact, do you know what better conditions mean? It means the working class was moving up on life. Exactly, the proletariat was now closer and closer from becoming the bourgeoisie. What’s the suggestion, Marx? Rebellion against one’s own status?

Marxism was intended to be implemented naturally from the bottom up. And every time Communism was “implemented” it fail to have both essential properties: it was not natural, and it did not start from the bottom. It started with greedy people who realized they could become powerful and implement the dictatorship for as long as they want. According to Marx, they will eventually be educated and understand that Communism is the way, right? No, they can not because Marx was wrong in his anthropology. And they will not, because the Leviathan’s desire (sorry for that, Hobbes) is not to educate, but to perpetuate his dictatorship.

Marx was wrong in his presuppositions, his anthropology, his sociology, and his understanding of what was going in the beginning of the Industrial Revolution. Things did not get worse, things got better, and because of this the proletariat would never revolt. To hope for a worldwide “working class conscience” in good conditions is foolishness. Marxism wanted heaven on earth, but the Industrial Revolution showed that people can be content with less that perfection. The “proletariat” now have much more to lose than its own chains, Mr. Marx. Not only this, but such state of affairs proved his view on Christianity to be wrong because people were still not working for heaven on earth, but simply for stability. A revolution would never happen, and this is why Communism has to be implemented from the top, which is contrary to Communism’s own premise!

A system that works against its own premises? Sorry, I’ll pass.

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μάρτυς, Starbucks, and Disney – A Reminder

In Second Isaiah (40-55) we face the description of the suffering servant, who serves YHWH and is willing to lay down his life like the One who actually did so. Psalm 44:22 talks about the sheep who every day give themselves up to a Greater Cause. Daniel tells us that the Jews were forced to violate God’s covenant (Daniel 11:21, 29-32). Those who remained firm in the Rock of Israel suffered greatly (vv. 33-34). Daniel and his friends were faced with the threats by Nebuchaddnezzar. And he boldly replied, “we will not serve your gods or worship the golden image which you have set up” (3:17-18).

Even the Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha are full of examples of faithfulness in face of confrontation and daily suffering. John the Baptist died in such a way. Stephen and James were killed for their faithfulness.They attempted to kill Paul several times. In all of those occasions, he did not back down. Most importantly, Jesus was killed for doing God’s will.

Mark 8:34-35; Luke 9:23-24; John 15:18-20; and many other passages in the New Testament explicitly teach something that many have never heard before (or at least many act like they never did). What I want to show you is that denying yourself means more than not having sex before marriage and/or not cursing ur “using God’s name in vain.” Obedience to God means dying for the self.

If you come after Jesus that means you have denied yourself when you took up your cross. The problem is many people falsely believe you can come after Jesus without self-denial. They are willing to deny things they normally wouldn’t do anyways. Their parents don’t like them to curse, so they don’t. Their parents are very strict about dating, so they have a (mandatory and exteriorly) “pure” dating life. But as Jesus said, you cannot go after him without the denial of self. The people I cited before knew that, and that is why they did not deny Christ even in extreme situations.

What has happened to us, then? We are not being forced to anything. Believers have the option Daniel did not have. And yet, even without pressure or threats to our lives, we happily surrender ourselves, our whole family, our country, our culture, and the cultures to come to Satan and his servants! All the work believers have done for decades in the U.S. is completely disregarded by most when they are faced with some challenges. They can either abstain from the idolatrous ideologies they are being presented with (thus, obeying God), or they can surrender to the devil and their own carnality.

We are quick to act on homosexuals who are pressing their agenda on the church, yet we have no desire to attack those who disagree with us but somehow we love them. I believe many have acted and spoke against the LGBTUVWXYZ(etc, …)’s disgust and not out of faithfulness to God. I know that because Disney World just announced their gay kissing in their movie and cartoon and some Christians could not care less. I know that because Starbucks’ CEO told us he does not want to make business with people who support the traditional family, and many don’t give a crap about it.

Sorry for being aggressive. But it bothers me that we are willing to traumatize people who are trapped in their own bodies because of our “commitment to Godly principles.” Godly principles my butt! Our God is this country, and we serve him because we love our culture. “Is our culture shaped by heterosexualism? Then we should keep it that way. Did Disney shape my childhood and other kids in my country can recite the whole thing? Then why in the world would I speak against it and abstain from watching something Disney has produced? Doesn’t every basic girl and boy drink overpriced coffee to look good, get some likes, and taste something you could taste at any other coffee shop and pay less? So why would I stop going to Starbucks?” Our God is conservatism, not YHWH.

YHWH demands us to speak against our culture (Ephesians 5:11), but conservatism tells us to keep things the way they are. For the disgrace of the church, sometimes what we have preserve coincide with God’s nature, and because of that coincidence we believe we serve God. How dare we? If I am terrible at throwing darts and somehow I hit the bull’s eye once you would not credit me as being skilled at it. “It was luck! Pure coincidence,” you would say. Of course, because getting things right without intentionality is not valid. In the same way, all of our efforts to ban homosexuality out of public schools are worthless if we sell out to the Devil as soon as God’s Word does not fit our culture anymore.

Christianity has never been of the culture (with the exceptions of most modern churches, of course). Billy Graham once wisely said that believers should not attract by their similarity to the world, but because of their difference. Unfortunately, I believe here in America we don’t have many martyrs (μάρτυς) today. Martyrs were those who were willing to obey God even under extreme situations. Funny fact for you: the word martyr means “witness.” When believers were called martyrs they were being described as witnesses of God. Isn’t it funny how submission to the Lordship of Jesus under any circumstance used to mean “witnessing”? I think it is interesting and funny because nowadays many think they can witness (that is, be a martyr, AKA “be a Christian”) without having to sacrifice his self.

God calls you to sacrifice anything for his glory. How dare you tell God where he can and can’t be Lord over? Jesus Christ is lord over all, not only over the sins you dislike because of your culture. I said in the beginning that believers who are not responding to the threats made by sons of Satan to Jesus’ bride are not only destroying their own lives, but their families and generations to come, and I will explain how that is the case. Starbucks’ CEO and Disney are making a statement. They are saying, “we are against Christian culture. We are against Christians. And we are not afraid of saying so.” I believe they are not afraid because believers have become pacifists under the name of “acting like Jesus” and/or “submitting to the authorities/pastors/blah-blah-blah.” These mega companies are free to act against Christian culture because they know we worship them.

I remember going to mission trips with Americans and listening to them talking about Disney for hours. Of course it was a mission trip! We had the nice shirts, money from people from our church, the corny songs, the singles who can’t date, the boardgames, the food. I mean how could that not be a mission trip? No we would not pray for a few hours at night nor in the morning. We would not have extended reading time. Why would we? This is a mission’s trip lol Who does that? Serious missionaries. Serious missionaries do that. Teenagers don’t (and here I am quite intentional to point out that leaders can be 147 years old. If they don’t act like a mature believer they are teenagers).

Disney is almost connected to Christianity to some people. Same goes for Starbucks and other tons of things. Companies can threaten our beliefs and corrupt the culture Jesus’ bride has been trying to change because, despite our commitment to meet on Sunday’s, we worship other gods on the side. “What can they do?” they think. “Nothing! They will not stop drinking our coffee or watch our movies just because we actively attacked their God.”I mean that is not enough reason, right?

Our past generations taught us that we must submit to God’s in every area of our lives. They might have committed mistakes, but they taught us that God is the only King we serve. What are we teaching our kids? What will you tell your kids? What is the message the church is sending to the present culture when they willfully submit to Satan’s “lordship” over media and popular companies?

Brothers and sisters, I urge you to think about this. Could Paul or Luke write about your reaction to Disney and Starbucks today? Could they make an example out of you? If not, I must say you need to repent and reevaluate some things. Jesus died on the cross and bled for his children. The biggest political act of rebellion was already done when Jesus refused to obey Pilate’s command to stay dead and out of his way. Jesus’ love for his people implies that he protects them, that he cares for them, and that (sometimes) he will frustrate our plans to disobey him.

Will we dare to stand against Jesus’ love for his little ones?

Will we dare to let something else take our Jesus’ throne in our culture?

Who will we obey?

Which God do we serve? Culture or YHWH?

Let us think…

Christians and Christmas: A Brief Observation

For some people Christmas is the most beautiful, joy giving, soul filling event of the year. It brings families together, it allows you to post good pictures of you and your family, and you can give gifts and receive gifts. On Christmas we have this warming sensation that we ar all love—everything and everyone ought to be loved because December is December. Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against that. Put your ugly sweater on, spend your income on gifts, have your happy white elephant time with your small group, and watch the same movies you have been watching for about 10 years. It is tradition, right? This is where the problem is, I believe.

Most believers have no freaking idea of what Christmas means. “Jesus was born,” they will say. But they are so theologically ignorant and so intellectually dead that the words “Jesus” and “was born” mean absolutely nothing. Jesus is a cool guy who came to make us happy. Is that not the truth? Of course they recognize that Jesus is God and God became flesh, but they have no idea of what that means. For some “Mary Did You Know” is the deepest theological doctrine they will ever receive during Christmas. Which, by the way, SHE KNEW! An angel spoke to her before she was pregnant for God’s sake!

We have bought into the consumerism religion. Why on earth would we spend all that money if the meaning of Christmas is Jesus and his birth? Tell me, do you spend more time thinking about what you are going to cook for Christmas Eve or meditating upon the doctrine of the incarnation? Do you spend more money on gifts or giving to the needy? After all Jesus came so that we could go! Do you worry about your sweater more than you worry about not being able to explain Jesus’ birth to a 10 year old? Clearly, we missed the point of Christmas.

I honestly could not care less if you watch Elf or if you put a Santa figurine in your yard, that is up to you. But it saddens me and it breaks my heart to know that Jesus’ bride have absolutely no flipping idea of what Christmas means. I wonder if you who can recite your favorite Elf lines can tell me, by memory, the main Old Testament prophecies concerning the Messiah. Let us make this easier for you, after all you have been in church for only 20 years, you had no time for God. I will let you explain me what is the significance of the coming of the Messiah. Too hard? Just explain to me what is the Messiah and why it is important for Jesus to be the Messiah. I bet you have been too busy in your Christmas traditions, you probably had no time to think about Jesus…

Most of you will have kids, and you are growing in a poor theological church who still teaches that Jesus is a cute little wrapped gift you chose to accept in your heart. The combo of poor theology, high emotionalism, and the pagan traditions you have adopted will do well in your children’s lives in the future. Your kids will die of starvation, as you probably are dying too. Their spiritual lives will shrink because you will have no spiritual authority over them. Just like every other brain-dead believer you will embrace the very culture that is killing us. For the love of Jesus, become a Christian!

Listen to your Christmas songs with no biblical support, enjoy the time with your family whom you haven’t called nor spend time with in a year, post pictures of you and your family who is clearly divided—enjoy modern-day Christmas time! Numb your soul with tons of food, live as if you were made to eat and that only, spend your God-giving income on anything but the Kingdom of God. Embrace this culture, do not make a difference. But then question yourself, why on earth should I consider you a Christian? Because you repeat the empty words every Christian is taught to repeat? Because you know how to spell Jesus’ name while have no idea of what he means? 

Christmas is a time of joy, but since we never preach about sin and never confront our brothers and sisters, we are doomed to embrace the pagan festival of Christmas. See that I distinguish between Christmas and pagan Christmas. Believers should celebrate Christmas, but unfortunately many will not. Jesus came to set the captives free, but who are the captives. Captives to what? He came to give sight to the blind, but who is blind? Can’t everyone clearly see what is going on? He came to establish the Kingdom of God, and that is the point of Jesus’ coming. He did not come to give you chocolate or ugly sweaters, he came to give you life! The only reason you can enjoy Christmas with some delight is because if the incarnation. Make sure you tell other people that and start living for others—live to make Jesus known and clearly understood by all people around you. That is the greatest Christmas gift you could ever give.