The rise of Marxism in the United States is breathtaking, really. No longer is it in the fringes of the radical left, it's gone mainstream in a big time way and seems to be at least somewhat appealing if not attractive to about half of this country (this is particularly true with young people). The philosophy and worldview of Marx is shouted from nearly every university rooftop in this country, echoed throughout the mainstream media and now we even have it being promoted by leading and prominent elected officials in our federal government. And all of this is bolstered by a strong, passionate and very aggressive grassroots network of
pawns activists more than willing to protest the National Anthem, hit the streets with profanity fueled harassment of political enemies, block traffic, interrupt speeches, riot, send terroristic threats and one left wing activist even shot real bullets at Congressmen!
The Marxist playbook is always the same and is no different today, it starts with hyper-division. No nation divided can stand so their first step is to work tirelessly at creating deep, bitter divisions within the nation. You do that by making those with a differing perspective into rivals, and then turning those rivals into monsters. From there it's just a small half step to go from dealing with monsters to dealing with full blown enemies. Pick any nation which has fallen to the Marxists throughout history and you will see that exact same pattern played out. The Soviet Union, China, Vietnam, North Korea, Cuba, Venezuela…it's always the same.
And it always ends the same way...dystopia.
That is why it is so important churches and church leaders in America wake up and begin to use their prophetic voices to speak out against this incoming tsunami. It seems like Christians in the pews are far more tuned-in to what is happening and the dire consequences which await the nation if this threat is not beaten back than church leaders are (this is especially true in larger churches and influential church networks which insist churches need to stay out of politics no matter what is going on) …and that's not good. God calls leaders in the church to stand as alert watchmen and to serve and protect the sheep both from doctrinal heresy but also from the consequences of avoidable atrocities.
Ezekiel 33:6 ESV
If the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet, so that the people are not warned, and the sword comes and takes any one of them, that person is taken away in his iniquity, but his blood I will require at the watchman's hand.
Marxism isn't a game, it's not cute and rebuking it over and over and over is not "preaching politics" or "getting political". This isn't about politics, this is about the sanctity of life and the perseverance of human dignity. Marxism is, by far, the most damnable heresy to ever hit the world and heresy it is. It is based in doctrine, philosophy and a certain worldview…and all of it is contradictory to what God has revealed in the Bible. Marxism is another gospel, it is accursed. And any nation which operates according to it is accursed as well.
I am going to avoid the temptation to really dive deep into the history and philosophical underpinnings of process philosophy and later what we now call Marxism, but I do not want to leave those of you with a desire to take that deep dive without direction. I can't recommend the book "Prevailing Worldviews Of Western Society Since 1500" by Glenn R. Martin more strongly to you. Buy it and read it.
But for now, I'll try to boil it down to the big, overarching doctrine of Marxism which contradicts the message of the Bible: The Marxist worldview sees the struggle, peril and suffering of man as being rooted in the economic exploitation of the capitalist class (aka owners of the means of production) over the laborer class, rather than it being the consequence of human sinfulness (i.e. sinners hurting themselves and hurting other sinners). The "savior" in the Marxist worldview is the government who alone can set things straight rather than Jesus Christ and the "Promised Land" is a Communist Utopia rather than Heaven.
The crucial need to understand this fundamental worldview difference simply cannot be overstated…the need is URGENT…because the resulting dead body count from misunderstanding it is right at around 100 million and still counting. Just to give you some perspective on that number, the combined death toll of WWI and WWII was about 103 million…the numbers are mind boggling. And all of it is the direct result of the Marxist worldview taking root in the minds and hearts of countless credulous, susceptible and gullible people. It can hardly be questioned that the pervasive appeal of Marxism despite its dreadful, atrocious history and unswerving end result wherever tried does nothing but prove the depraved blindness of man and the demonic origin and influence of the doctrine.
Radicals in power such as Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez are the very reason why we have a 2nd Amendment. They and their ilk are a far greater threat to our lives and liberty than Osama Bin Laden could have ever dreamed to have been. Pastor, do you understand that? Do you understand how serious it is to have government officials in prominent positions of authority who are full blown Marxists? Do you understand how ungodly that is? Are your people aware of just how ungodly that is and how dangerous that is? Long before this government is completely overthrown by Marxists, forcing the people to take up arms to resist it and protect themselves, Christians ought to be calling it out. Preachers ought to be warning the people of the evil that is wrapping its tentacles around their throats. Marxism is a lethal cancer; a poisonous heresy and it must not be treated with kid gloves. Now is the time to sound the alarm, preacher. If these emerging Marxists coming to power are not stopped, they will disarm the people. They will drive Biblical churches underground. They will starve millions. They will arrest pastors. They will operate firing squads. They are Marxists and this is what Marxists do.
Satan is behind this movement, and churches ought to preach against it…if we can't speak out against this what good are we?