Millennials, Do You Support Karl Marx or the Bible?


Lenin, Engels, Marx

What a week! One thing is clearly demonstrated by this election, we are a deeply divided nation. There are two groups, those who produce, and those who take from those who produce. And sadly it appears that we are almost evenly divided.

“A new report on Americans’ attitudes toward socialism says that statements of Karl Marx have more support among millennial than what the Bible says about work and people’s right to eat. Asked if they agree with what Marx said, “From each according to his abilities, to each according to his need,” 64 percent of millennial said, “yes,” but only 53 percent said they agree with the statement in the Bible that “if any would not work, neither should he eat,” according to a new poll by YouGov and the Washington, D.C.-based Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation.”[1]

We have seen how the Hollywood and entertainment elites are disgusted, but how many of them have done what they promised and left America? We’d be better off without them. They believe they are our superiors when the reality is the other way around.

We see now how angry and even violent the liberal progressive left turns out to be. Does anyone remember riots after Obama’s first election in 2008? It has also been reported that some universities are offering counseling and safe spaces for students emotionally debilitated by the election results. I guess it has incapacitated their professors as well, who had to cancel their classes.

One thing is apparent, the Marxists own the urban areas of our country; the more densely populated the more Marxist. Yet, cities are where you find the greatest failures of those marxist policies. Just consider Detroit, once one the wealthiest cities in the world that is until Marxists were elected and began to give away the wealth of those who worked for it to those who would not work. Today Detroit is the sobering picture of the future of any society that is foolish enough to actually implement that system of government sponsored plunder known as Marxism.

This election tells us that we are in the midst of an ideological war over this question: what is the purpose of civil government? is it a system of legalized plunder where the producers are robbed by those who won’t work, or is it a government which is focused on protecting God given rights which includes property rights.

Woodrow Wilcox


The Marxist would have us believe that a society is blessed when it promotes and enacts a system of legalized plunder. It is obvious that the plundered in that society are not blessed. And Scripture tells us that not only are the plundered not blessed but even the plunderers themselves are not blessed – for by becoming thieves in a system of legalized plunder they have earned the wrath of God; they are cursed, not blessed.

The key issue is this; what has God our Creator ordained human civil government to do, and what has He also restricted it from doing.


Some time ago I read the excellent book “Toward a Theology of Taxation” and it surveyed everything the Bible says on the subject of taxation. It is interesting to see God’s design in the Hebrew Republic. The civil government is small and does only a few things leaving the other two God ordained institutions, family government and church government, to do all the other significant tasks in society. Thus taxation was very small, everyone paid exactly the same amount regardless of their income or their assets. Now folks will tell us that such a society is impossible, a dream that could never be fulfilled in this world. I find it odd that people make that assertion for it was the case in early America. When Alexis de Tocqueville visited American in the 1830’s one of the surprises for him was how small and nearly invisible civil government was. What he was witnessing was the blessing of a society where people by and large were self governed ordering their lives by the Word of God, where family government was vibrant, raising godly children who would fulfill their roles as godly contributors to society, where the church government was strong fulfilling all its God ordained duties and therefore civil government wasn’t all that important.

Consider just one example – Exodus 20:15 Thou shalt not steal. If people learn God’s Law and order their own self government accordingly, they will avoid all violations of their neighbor’s God ordained property rights. If the family fulfills its duty of training up disciples of Christ who not only clearly understand the God ordained issue of property rights, they are deeply imbued with a commitment to the protection of everyone’s property rights, not just their own, then the greatest impact will be felt everywhere. Then the Church in turn does its job preaching against every species of violations of property rights in society, thus educating everyone regarding the sacred nature of property rights. Now what job is left to civil government? There will be a few people who slip through the cracks of this full on press to preserve property rights but they will be few and will be such an exception to the overall tenor of society that everyone will despise the thief in their midst, every institution of society will reinforce the sacred value of property rights in how the whole of society responds to the the thief when he is exposed.

In such a system the idea of Marxism would be soundly rejected for all would see it is but a thinly veiled attempt to institutionalize legalized plunder. It would find no foothold at all there for everyone’s thinking and commitment would be to eliminate thievery in all its forms.

To those who would say that such a description is fanciful, impossible, and could never be made to work, I simply reply read what Alexis de Tocqueville wrote after visiting America in the 1830’s. In fact it is amazing to see what he recommends to the Legislator. “It should therefore be the unceasing object of the legislators of democracies and of all the virtuous and enlightened men who live there to raise the souls of their fellow citizens and keep them lifted up towards heaven…If among the opinions of a democratic people any of those pernicious theories exist which tend to inculcate that all perishes with the body, let men by whom such theories are professed be marked as the natural foes of the whole people.”[2] So they should put down Atheism at every turn.

When we ask, Does God’s Word give instructions to a society that desires the greatest blessings? Yes it does and there are two primary instructions: Right Worship and Right Living.

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  • Edward MacGuire

    “From each according to his abilities, to each according to his need,”
    has nothing whatever to do with
    “if any would not work, neither should he eat,”

    I doubt any economist anywhere would agree with the statement below.
    “Detroit, once one the wealthiest cities in the world that is until Marxists were elected and began to give away the wealth of those who worked for it ..”
    You could just as easily say that Beverly Hills, Silicon Valley and Hollywood, which were 100 years ago cheap agricultural farmland, became hugely valuable today only because leftist, liberals moved there and built film and technology industries.

    “… legalized plunder where the producers are robbed by those who won’t work..”
    Given the wealth gap in the U.S. I will quote Benjamin Disraeli:
    “The palace is not safe when the cottage is not happy”

    • They have a great deal to do with one another.

      “From each according to his abilities, to each according to his need” is a Marxist flawed assumption that human nature can be ignored, and that if everyone will just work according to their ability, what they produce can fairly be distributed to be enough for them and for others.

      The Bible, however, recognized 2,000 years ago that human nature doesn’t work that way. Human nature is fallen and flawed, and if you put everything that a group produces into one pool, some people will quickly figure out that they can slack off and leech off the hard work of others.

      We saw it when the Pilgrims tried it in the early days of America, when they tried to set up a socialist enclave based on a flawed interpretation of New Testament Christianity. They nearly starved…until William Bradford pulled the plug on socialism and instituted a free market system where “If you didn’t work, you didn’t eat.”

      We’ve seen it happen millions of times since America forgot those early lessons and instituted a welfare state starting about 70 years ago. And in every Marxist state forced on people around the world in the past century, we’ve seen the same thing: some working, a lot slacking…and also a privileged group at the top which allows itself to skim the cream of the producers off the top and live better than everyone else.

      If you don’t think any economist recognizes that Leftist Marxist policies have decimated Detroit, you might want to check with economist Walter Williams or economist Thomas Sowell. It isn’t hard to see that Detroit and some other areas which have been ruled by Marxists for decades, are now in economic ruin directly because of those counterproductive Marxist philosophies which ignore human nature.

      There will always be a “wealth gap” because of the aforementioned fallen human nature. Even in the former Soviet Union, there was a “wage gap,” because, even though it was supposed to be a “worker’s paradise” where “From each according to his abilities, to each according to his need” was supposed to be the rule of the day, the powerful gave themselves the best that this supposedly egalitarian society could produce, while leaving the dregs for everyone else (with a few extra crumbs distributed to some in the lower classes that the elite found useful).

      It’s far better to have a system where people are free to reap the rewards of their ingenuity and hard work, and they can share from their abundance with people who have GENUINE need, than one which ignores human nature and attempts to force a false egalitarianism on people through force.

      • Edward MacGuire

        Walter Williams and Thomas Sowell have economic and social ideas better suited to the 19th century than the 21st.
        Germany is an advanced socialist state with benefits far beyond anything in the U.S. i.e. free university tution, maternity/paternity leave ( 14 months @ 65% salary ), a minimum of 20 vacation days per year and the most consumer-oriented healthcare system in Europe. It also has a vibrant export oriented manufacturing sector,
        Detroit and the U.S. manufacturing sector in general were victims of corporate and political incompetence, ineptitude and greed.

        • I know. Williams and Sowell just aren’t hip with Marxism the way trendy economists are. They believe in silly, quaint ideas like freedom, liberty, choice, the free market, independent thought and action-outdated concepts like those that founded the greatest nation in all of human history.

          Yes, Germany is so much more advanced than America (who gave the world the vast majority of its modern technological advances, not to mention an incredibly advanced model of liberty and self-government), as evidenced by its system where it FORCES PEOPLE AT GUNPOINT TO PAY FOR GOODS AND CONSERVATIVES CONSUMED BY OTHER PEOPLE. Yes, we used to call such an advanced system where people were forced to work for other people “slavery”, but that’s such a harsh word, isn’t it? (Hint: reality sometimes is.)

          Yeah, the American idea of choosing to do with your life what YOU decide, and choosing to do with your own property and the fruits of your own labor what YOU decide is so primitive and out-dated. They idea of personal responsibility and carrying one’s own weight: so abhorrent. The thought of bearing the consequences for one’s own action or in action: abhorrent.

          You know, Germany was thought of as the most advanced state on the planet back in the 1930s, as it embraced narcissistic socialism. About 60 million dead people and several devastated countries later, the world got a good look at just how “advanced” repressive ideas like Marxism and all its unholy child philosophies are. What a shame humanity quickly forgot that lesson and began to re-embrace some of the most regressive thinking imaginable under the propaganda that it’s “progressive.”

          • Edward MacGuire

            Compare the C.I.A. public database statistics for the U.S. and Germany in the areas of education, infant mortality, longevity, child poverty, incarceration per capita, murder and domestic violence rates, and it is obvious which is the more successful society.

            • Yes, I’m sure that’s why Germany is so well known for its unparalleled influence on the world and international leadership.

              Or those statistics could just have something to do with most Americans abusing the incredible God-given freedom we have here. A wise person will take liberty and personal responsibility over slavery and forced compliance any day.

              • Edward MacGuire

                Du siehst den Wald vor lauter Bäumen nicht.

              • Exactly. You can’t put a price on liberty.