Capitalism, Communism, and the Christian
Personal Disclaimer: “The article you are about to read is my personal opinion and should not be taken to reflect the opinion of Liberty Baptist Church.”
“An economic system characterized by a free market for goods and services and private control of production and consumption.” [Individual Ownership]
– The American Heritage New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy
“An economic and social system envisioned by the nineteenth century German scholar Karl Marx. In theory, under communism, all means of production are owned in common, [by the government] rather than by individuals. In practice, a single authoritarian party controls both the political and economic systems.
– The American Heritage New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy
The principles of communism are built on the view that man is basically good and that he will, if he is just given a chance, be willing to work for the common good of mankind. Ideally, if man was just and moral, if he were noble in his inner being then this would produce an excellent society. The problem is that the foundational theory of man’s goodness is flawed.
Both history and the Word of God prove that man is not intrinsically good.
Romans 3:10, “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one”
Romans 3:23, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God”
Mankind, according to the Bible, is intrinsically bad. So every time that communism has been attempted it has miserably failed. Man without Christ is motivated by selfishness. His desire to achieve more is his primary motivation. That desire is not suppressed by human laws or even God’s law. This again is proven both by the Word of God and the history of mankind. Any system that does not allow a man to achieve or attain more for his family and himself will fail.
Human government was instituted by God for the purpose of regulating sinful man.
Government is given to control sinful man’s abuse of other sinful men.
Capitalism takes into account the wickedness of man’s heart and the desire for self-improvement and personal gain. It allows for man to advance himself for his own selfish means. It regulates itself in that man must be respectful of other men in order to advance himself and to gain what he wants for himself. It certainly is not a perfect model. Historically, when man is given the opportunity to advance himself, improve his own condition, and gain capital; his “selfish” ambition and desire not only enhances his own life but also brings improvement to the society in which he dwells.
Capitalism drives a man to improve things for himself and those he loves; thereby, improving the conditions of everyone he deals with.
Why am I taking time to write on this topic? Less than thirty days from now, America will go to the polls and American Christians will be making a decision between two candidates. I am not writing to tell you how to vote, I am writing to inform you about who you are voting for.
As a Christian, you are not making a choice between which of the two candidates are most moral. Both have very questionable morals. No one can deny that Donald Trump is involved in many things that are morally repulsive. He has bragged about his personal immorality. He owns a gentleman’s club, which no Christian gentleman would visit. He has made much profit from the casino industry. The list could go on.
It is also obvious that Hillary Clinton is one of the most dishonest people that has ever lived. She seems to have no moral compass whatsoever. I have spoken to those who have worked with her. They report that she shows no honor to anyone. She is vey disrespectful and dishonoring to those who serve her, as well as, those that oppose her.
So what is a Christian to do?
Your vote cannot be made based on the moral character of either candidate. This is obvious.
Your vote can only be based on their stated worldviews. In fact, it must not be made on what they have stated but how they have lived because we may not be able to believe what they say. What are their stated and practiced worldviews? It is obvious.
Why do I say that Hillary is a communist and that Donald Trump is a capitalist?
Hillary Clinton believes that “It takes a village.” She believes that government should control health care. She believes that government should control industry. She believes in the redistribution of wealth. She believes that government should control the redistribution of that wealth. She promotes bigger government which means greater control over the lives of individuals and higher taxes. She actually believes your children belong to the village! Since the village is the important thing (communism), if there is an unwanted person in the village it is alright to eliminate them (abortion, infanticide, and euthanasia). It is important that the village have ultimate control so there is peace in the village. So, all guns must be controlled – there goes the 2nd Amendment.
Now why do I say that Donald Trump is a capitalist? It is obvious that this is how he has lived his life. He is the ultimate capitalist. He was given money by his father and went into business for himself. He obviously has proven he believes in capitalism and free enterprise. He is a successful businessman. In his capitalist fervor he has employed thousands of people. I have met people and listened to people who are his former and present employees and they have good things to say about him. There is no question that he embraces capitalism.
Again, I cannot tell you who to vote for. However, you must realize that when it comes down to the bottom line, you are voting between someone who embraces the values of communism and someone who embraces the values of capitalism. This is not a moral choice; it is a choice about who you think will best serve this country. Over the last eight years, we have labored under the reign of a man committed to communistic policies. The question is, do we want to continue that with Hillary Clinton as our president?
The choice is yours to make
The choice is clearly between one candidate who is a capitalist and another candidate who at least leans toward communism.
As for me, I want my children and my grandchildren to be free of government intervention. I want them to be able to own their own home. I want them to be able to dream, live, and build upon the foundation I have laid for them. I believe in capitalism and the free enterprise system. I believe socialism or communism has failed because its basic premise is flawed. I could never vote for someone who embraces a philosophy that has led to the enslavement of millions of people and the economic collapse of nations like the Soviet Union. I will be voting for Donald Trump in 2016, not because he’s a moral giant but because he is a capitalist and a businessman and that is what I think America needs right now.