Leftism is a great evil. Built on lies to serve an agenda; led by a lust for power over others. The Devil’s spawn perhaps. But if so, has it always lurked within human societies; since the dawn of time? A question to which I have no answer. I’m no historian of antiquity. Three of us were discussing this over coffee this morning. I guess not many people in our immediate vicinity were discussing similar topics. Neutral Bay; they probably voted for or preferenced Kylea Tink.
Rafe Champion, one of our number, suggested that the rot might have set in with the French Revolution. I mentioned Thomas More’s Utopia, written in 1516. Christianity came up. No one mentioned Marx by the way; a Johnny-come-lately.
As a Christian, I find the concession uncomfortable, but the sharing and caring emphasis in the Bible lends itself to a perverted recipe for an ideal civil society. Tellingly, William Temple (1881-1944), later Archbishop of Canterbury, wrote in 1908: “The alternative stands before us – socialism or heresy.” Then and now, it’s not hard to find socialists among Christian clergy; maybe, hard not to in my experience. The current Pope is a prime example, as to a large extent is Justin Welby. Welby’s a fan of so-called “inclusive capitalism”; for this term, without going too far wrong, read Klaus Schwab’s “stakeholder capitalism.”
I had a look at the question of Christianity and socialism a little while ago. You can read it here if you want to spare the time. Sufficient to say, you can’t find support for socialism in the New Testament. Sure, for voluntary sharing; cheerful giving. Not for socialism. But then that’s reading what the Bible actually says; not imputing a spin to suit an agenda.
To segue, the Bible is clear that marriage is between a man and a woman. That sex outside marriage is fornication and sinful. That homosexual acts are sinful. Then you have a majority of bishops at the recent Anglican church’s general synod preventing an affirmation that marriage is only between a man and a woman. Once again you see, an agenda trumps what the Bible actually says. So far as I know, no priest has yet said, “the alternative stands before us, support same sex marriage or be a heretic.” But the way things are going don’t rule it out.
I got a feelin’ that socialism sprang out of Christianity. Being of a religious persuasion I don’t find that surprising. Why wouldn’t the Devil use scripture for his purposes.