Are we choosing the wrong way?
South America’s Red ranks are swelling. El Salvador has now joined Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua, Ecuador and Bolivia as communist leaning nations. So, how does that affect Americans? Obama’s new ‘spiritual’ adviser, Rev. Jim Wallis has had connections with all these Marxist regimes. He insists that he and Obama have “been talking faith and politics for a long time.”
Why would you appoint a friend of Hugo Chavez, who recently slammed Obama as a “poor ignoramus”, as your most trusted spiritual adviser?? If you listen to Obama he seems to be a free enterprise capitalist like most of the rest of us. If you observe his actions he seems to be a die hard socialist. If you consider his friends (Bill Ayers, Jeremiah Wright, Tony Rezko, Saul Alinsky) you might question his qualifications to president of this great country.
If Obama chooses a man who believes that a pro-American, anti-communist evangelical is a force for darkness, what does Obama believe? Wallis believes that a good Christian must also be pro-communist or at least a socialist. Historically, socialism has proven to be a system for the redistribution of poverty rather than the redistribution of wealth. Socialism has never been able to create wealth, only poverty and despair. Poverty is reduced by wealth. Wealth is created by unleashing the entrepreneurial spirit of man’s ingenuity within the economy. This ingenuity is suppressed in a socialistic society but it is amplified in a capitalist economy.
Think of all the things in your life that have made it more gratifying and comfortable. The medicine in the cabinet, the car in the garage, the comfort of your home, and the computer on your desktop. All of these were created by ingenious people, not power grubbing governments.
It may still be too early to tell which direction Obama will take us. The first couple months of his presidency have been very troubling to many. A move toward socialism is not a move toward Christianity. Are we drifting in the wrong direction? William Bradford learned quickly that socialism didn’t work in the early Plymouth Plantation experiment. So, he gave every man a piece of property and told him to grow his own food. Vladimer Putin recently advised Obama not to take the road to Marxism. It didn’t work for us, it won’t work for you. Why would Putin impart that advise if he didn’t think Obama might be leaning that way?
Can we not sum it all up by comparing two questions? Socialism wants to ask, “What favor can I get my government to do for me?” But Christians ask the same question of the Rich Young Ruler, “What must I do to inherit eternal life?” In what way can I prepare to be a better Christian and a better citizen? Beware lest we become too absorbed with the wrong kingdom.