I am passionate about the dangers of Communism. The fictional submarine Red October, to me, stands as a symbol of the hope we have in America to this day; Animal Farm is a must-read. The following is an essay I wrote that helped clarify my thoughts on the brutal system of government and why it is so brutal; I am delighted to share it with you. Enjoy!
“The Good of the People was a laudable enough goal, but in denying a man’s soul, an enduring part of his being, Marxism stripped away the foundation of human dignity and individual value.” ~Tom Clancy, The Hunt for Red October
Americans have grown to hate all things communist. Ever since Joseph Stalin destroyed the USSR with his own rendition of Karl Marx’s philosophy, communism has and will continue to earn a negative connotation in Western minds. It splits people via wicked classes, prohibits the people from making choices themselves, and suppresses almost all forms of religion. But in order to understand how this hatred of communism appeared, one must first consider why it is from its very foundations contrary to the only true religion, the religion that shaped the Western mindset—Christianity.
Christianity teaches equality, not communistic division of the people into classes. After all, the whole reason the Russian people under Karl Marx rebelled against their government was because they wanted equality amongst everyone. However, they neglected to consider the fallen nature of man in their ideals; the leaders presiding over the people simply did not relish in the idea that they are equal with the poorest in society. Thus, communist leaders—Joseph Stalin, for instance—slowly manipulate their people into thinking that everyone’s being treated equally, while in reality two classes of man have developed—the higher, more privileged class of government officials and the lower class which comprise all the rest of the people. This division of the people as the government sees it is perhaps best illustrated by a paraphrase of George Orwell’s heart-wrenching statement, “All people are equal, but some are more equal than others.”
Christianity teaches that God gave humans free will, which is fundamental to true freedom. But communism does not give people the ability to choose for themselves. The government directly dictates what crops farmers should grow, what the people should dress like, what schools people must attend, what jobs people must pursue, etc. Yet according to the Scriptures, a government should not have anything near this much control over the people.
“For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same.” ~Romans 13:3, NKJV
If a society is controlled by a government that punishes evil yet also censors those who have done nothing wrong, then that government has stepped beyond the role God has given them. Thus, a communist government exaggerates its duties; instead of treating people the way God does, they simply treat themselves as God, making all the rules and abusing the people according to humanity’s fallen mind.
Christianity is prohibited in all communist societies. As a matter of fact, many if not all religions are viciously suppressed in communist societies; for example, the only tolerable religion in North Korea is the personality cult of Kim Il Sung. The reason communist leaders forbid all other forms of religion is because everything outside of state worship takes the focus and glory off the government. And Christianity is especially hated, since God’s “invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened.” In sum, communist leaders do not acknowledge Christianity’s truth because it contradicts all the things they hold dear in their “superiority” over their people.
Communism is directly positioned against Christianity because it divides people into classes, suppresses the people’s right to choose, and prohibits almost all religions. These aspects of that horrid philosophy is why Americans choose to hate it. The Founding Fathers based this country on “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” and closely followed the Bible’s instructions; communism founds its countries on “death, bondage, and the pursuit of stoicism” and closely follows the fleshly desires of mankind. It destroys all societies it comes in contact with…because instead of glorifying the Prince of Peace, it worships the prince of the earth.
November 18, 2017