In one of Al Sharpton’s high moments of the Michael Brown funeral oration, he thundered, “This is not about you! This is about fairness! And America is going to have to come to terms when there’s something wrong that we have money to give military equipment to police forces, but we don’t have money for training, and money for public education, and money to train our children!” That may be good fodder for the Social Justice gospel which demands redistribution of goods to create a “better society” and a “better man,” but it dishonors the One True God of the Universe.
Socialism is constructed upon two main pillars. One, the collective ownership of goods and properties; and Two, that human behavior is solely determined by what one owns or is able to “access” in a society. Improvement of society therefore is tied to material possessions and the “collective ownership” concept justifies the strong arm of government making this happen.
But this is in reality “The Devil’s Gospel” of materialism. It causes man in essence to look outside of himself and to blame others (or society) for his problems and ignore personal sin. Materialists and socialists therefore love to harangue the “injustices” of the system. But the root cause, the heart of man out of which are determined the issues of life, is left unnoticed.
This is like a drug addict who blames the drug dealer for his problem or blames the system that has not removed drugs from society. The missing ingredient in this diagnosis is the all-important one: Personal Responsibility or Personal Behavior. Our society seems to be going the way of all the earth—in a hand-basket—and the Al Sharpton’s of the world are pleased to dither in false diagnoses. But he is not alone. Even the National Council of Churches majors in the “devil’s diagnosis” of materialism.
Consider these questions. If Al Sharpton is correct that criminal misconduct and massive unrest in society stems from too little money and opportunities; or results from “injustices” in the penal system about which he loves to wax bold—why did not the Christians of the first century take to the streets to riotously protest the “injustices” which had occurred in the trial of Christ? Where was the looting which “preachers” such as Sharpton are loathe to condemn among blacks? Where were the marches with Christians carrying signs and “demanding” justice! Where were the massive protests against Christians being persecuted, or being unjustly blamed by Nero for Rome being burnt? Sharpton’s message leads to different results because Sharpton’s gospel is not Jesus’ gospel.
The truth is, and everyone can see it: many blacks in America are ready to burn down American cities unless the police officer Darren Wilson is convicted. No trial necessary. What has brought us to this ungodly point? Answer: The Government. But not merely government generally, but specifically the false doctrine of socialism which has misguided most of our bureaucrats for nearly a century.
Affirmative Action programs, which continue to dominate everything but sports, are purposefully constructed to create the racist climate. In the government schools, everyone knows that a minority staff member may not be fired unless those doing the firing are ready to go to court and spend beau-coups of bucks. Personal behavior of the employee has little to do with it.
One state hospital employee told me that as early as 1985, when she was hiring employees, she had to justify in writing, through a lengthy process, why she did not hire blacks or women who had applied. The pressure was plainly to hire the minority rather than wade through red tape and possibly be charged with racism. Qualifications aside.
State-funded universities and graduate programs may have “entrance requirements” including one’s GPA, but these are frequently waived or lowered when it comes to minority preferences. Even the military is affected by this. Commanders who discipline a minority or a woman will have to be prepared to give answer before superiors, which is rarely done with when the disciplined person is white.
These types of policies actually empower racism or sexism. Why? Because true qualification is secondary to the primary consideration of race or sex. We are systematically training our collective mind to think in terms of race or sex. Exactly how Sharpton is reacting in the pulpit in St. Louis. Facts have little to do with what is now occurring in the Michael Brown case. Justice is assumed to be absent and Sharpton’s street-mobs demand Wilson’s conviction. If Sharpton had any spiritual backbone he would indict much of the black community for being out of agreement with God because of the gangsta-style sinful lives they pursue. But I suspect he would not be very popular with the crowds he wishes to stir.
But affirmative action mentality has a worse effect than this. Affirmative Action Policies are constructed on the foundation of one major assumption: That if it were not for the policies mandating how many minorities will be employed Americans would act unfairly on the basis of racial prejudice. The law must be in place to shield minorities from unfair discrimination. This is the assumption.
And what is the message here? America is a racist society with white privilege ruling. This is the lesson that the masses in Ferguson, Missouri show it believes. That a “preacher” like Sharpton has bought into it does not speak very well of his adherence to the gospel of Jesus Christ, the real and only source of healing. Easier it is to blame the “system” than to cause people to be introspective about their relation to God.