A young woman commented this week regarding the unruliness and unrest in Ferguson, Missouri as follows: “Just another HUGE setback in social equality this week…in a country with so many ‘God-fearing’ people, hypocrisy, fear and social inequality still rule… Racism, particularly driven by social inequalities, is a primary detractor of peace.”
The writer goes on to add, “I’m particularly concerned with far-reaching social inequality today that are typical expressions of group dominance and include, at the material level, denial of access to resources including employment, income and housing and at the immaterial level education, knowledge, information…so much seems to roll down from this.” (Emp. bl)
This is the typical socialistic/communistic view of the world taught in our godless universities. All of society’s problems, including violence in Ferguson, stem from either too much, or too little ownership of property—“social inequality.” It is the entire economic system that is at fault. Some people have things, and even “access to resources”; and other people do not have material goods nor “access to resources.” Note also that “social inequality,” per this young woman, is the root cause that drives hostilities such as “racism.”
In other words, a socialist’s diagnosis is that all problems in society, including racial tensions, violence and riots in Ferguson, are rooted in the fact that goods, services, and properties are unequally distributed in America. This makes us, since we claim to be “Christian America,” a nation of hypocrites.
Based upon this socialistic notion, Karl Marx insisted in the communistic platform on the “abolition of private property.” The Oxford English Dictionary even defines communism as “A theory which advocates a state of society in which there should be no private ownership, all property being vested in the community and labor organized for the common benefit of all members.”
How then are Americans to remedy the situation in Ferguson, Missouri, and elsewhere, if the above theory is true? Only one answer remains. All goods and services must be “equally distributed” among the poor of not only America, but the world, until each person is on a “level playing field.” Equal goods and equal “access to services and goods.” Socialists believe if we change the “economic system” in America to a “state ownership” of goods the nature of man will be changed. And this requires the strong arm of government.
What is Wrong with This View?
The primary problem with this view of mankind is that it does not happen to be true. All of the wars in American history have cost citizens $7 TRILLION, but the so-called “War on Poverty,” begun by FDR and Lyndon Johnson, have cost us $20 TRILLION and still counting. We have been furiously re-distributing, yet, things seem to be getting worse. What is wrong?
What is wrong is that we are ignoring God’s Word which teaches the reality of human nature. This socialistic view wrongly assumes that all evil is traceable to what a person does or does not own and implies that the nature of man is shaped by the economic system. But right behavior or wrong behavior, including violence, is not dependent upon how much one may own or not own or that “to which we have or do not have access.” Society’s problems are not traceable to the economic system itself, but lie in the HEART of man.
“Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it are the issues of life” (Prov. 4:23). It is the heart that devises wickedness…” (6:18). “As a man thinks in his heart, so is he” (Prov. 23:7). The Hebrew wording here shows, “As he [man] is all along in his heart, so is he in act!” Crime is not bred by lack of ownership of property or lack of access to services, but in the heart of man. Corruption begins there.
Jesus declared, in opposition to the Pharisees, that it is “not what goes into the belly” which defiles a man, but “out of the heart comes forth evil thoughts [thoughts, opinions], murders, adulteries, fornications, theft [stealing], false witness [lying], and blasphemy [denial of God]” (Matt. 15:17-19). It is instructive that evil things which are spoken or committed originate in the heart of man, the seat of volition and emotion.
In the Parable of the Talents (Matt. 25:14ff) our Lord relayed a story regarding “talents,” which includes things as well as abilities to utilize them. What is striking is that they are not equally distributed by God Himself. In this parable one servant was given five talents, another two, another one—“to each according to his several ability…” The Master who distributes these is GOD. And there is not an equal distribution with Him.
As usual, violence and mayhem bring out the worst in man, not only in Ferguson, Missouri, but especially in the views of human nature which misdiagnoses the cause of society’s problems. This, in turn, is because we refuse the reality as taught by God.