Divided / Split / Cut America
Zechariah 12:3 And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.
Matthew 12:25 And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand:
Mark 3:24 And if a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.
Mark 3:25 And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand.
Luke 11:17 But he, knowing their thoughts, said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and a house divided against a house falleth.
Luke 12:53 The father shall be divided against the son, and the son against the father; the mother against the daughter, and the daughter against the mother; the mother in law against her daughter in law, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.
Divided America over Capitalism and Socialism
WND. August 4, 2019
James Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family, the James Dobson Family Institute and Family Talk radio, warns “revolutionaries” are threatening the nation.
“Their goal is to recast America as a Marxist, atheistic, all-powerful form of government,” he said in a commentary in his August newsletter.
“I write you today to express my profound concern for our nation and for everything cherished by people of faith. ‘Love of country’ as we have known it is in serious jeopardy. Those who are determined to ‘fundamentally change’ America have forged a virulent and growing political movement that recognizes no allegiance to the U.S. Constitution,” he said.
“They think they have a better idea. People like that despise the Declaration of Independence, which proclaims that we are endowed by our Creator with certain inalienable rights – among them are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,” he said.
“Indeed, the concept that our freedoms were a gift from the Creator is anathema to these revolutionaries. I am especially concerned about a generation of children who are being manipulated and warped day by day. These vulnerable boys and girls have no defense against activists and some liberal teachers who are propagandizing them. They see our kids as a way to guarantee their vision of a socialist future.”
He noted one of his friends, Jack Graham, senior pastor at Prestonwood Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas, recently addressed the issue and granted Dobson permission to share his message with Dobson’s readers.
Graham said: “Socialism is a political and economic system in which there is government ownership of the means of production and the primary focus of providing equality. Socialism favors large government and governmental control of social services and much more. In socialism, the government is all important and is involved in every aspect of the lives of those whom it rules.”
Capitalism, on the other hand, “is an economic system in which there is private ownership, private property, and private possession of goods. In capitalism, there is a limited role for the presence and force of government in individual lives.”
He said Americans always have loved capitalism and its freedoms, but suddenly, four in 10 Americans are embracing some form of the restrictions of socialism.
“We’re past the Cold War now, and a generation has arisen that either hasn’t been taught history, doesn’t read or understand it, or doesn’t care. They are listening to their liberal teachers, professors and politicians; and what they have been told sounds good. It appears compassionate and loving.
“But is it? I can say emphatically that it is not!” he said.
“Socialism is fundamentally at odds with the Christian worldview because it seeks to suppress all people according to the dictates of the state. No one serious about their Christian faith can accept socialism, and here’s why. Socialism is totally secular and is predicated on atheism. That is a fact. Our faith in Jesus Christ is built on the Word of God, the revelation of Scripture, and the belief that God exists. We believe in the coming resurrection of Christ, and with that faith comes freedom to live an abundant life that is founded on liberty.”
On the other side is Karl Marx, the “father of socialism,” who considered Christianity “a drug to be used to pacify the public,” Graham said.
That worldview sees people as “nothing more than advanced animals,” which are to be “disposed of at the whim of the state.”
“But the Bible says in Genesis 1: 27-28, ‘So God created man in His own image, in the image of God created He him; male and female created He them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, ‘Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it,’” Graham said.
Socialism today still teaches hate for God, with churches in China “detonated” and Christians persecuted.
In America, he pointed out socialism’s “proponents” are “campaigning against Christian appointees to our federal judiciary.”
“Why? Because socialists are radically opposed to any outspoken Christian being placed in an influential position. Leftists make their views clear. They say, ‘If you’re going to profess your faith openly, we’re going to oppose your candidacy.’”
Just look at what socialism did during the 20th century, Graham noted: Lenin’s destruction of 3 million in Russia, 25 million dead in World War I, Stalin’s murders of 60 million, 50 million dead during Adolf Hitler’s reign, 45 million Chinese butchered under Mao.
“This is the record of brutal socialist dictators in the past 100 years.”
In America, there are the 60 million unborn “murdered by abortionists.”
Government, he explained, has nothing of its own, which means that anything government gives, it first has to take away from someone else.
“The Scripture has much to tell us about work and its role in the divine plan. Second Thessalonians 3:10 states, ‘If a man won’t work, neither shall he eat.’ Ecclesiastes 2:24 reads, ‘There is nothing better for a person than that he should eat, and drink, and find enjoyment in his toil. This also I saw is from the hand of God.’ Genesis 2:15 tells us what the Creator assigned Adam to do, as follows: ‘The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.’”
No political systems are endorsed by the Bible, he said, but “It does endorse freedom, and private ownership, and the value of work and a free market system that decentralizes economic power.”
Dobson said: “I hope you will remember these exhortations when you continue to hear the mainstream media promoting socialist revolution in the days ahead. I also urge you to support the voices who are warning against those who want to ‘fundamentally transform’ democracy.”
“What we are facing here is a culture war that is driven by those who hate Christianity and the church of Jesus Christ. If the far left is successful in capturing the hearts and minds of Americans, the entire world will descend into a spiritual darkness unlike anything that has ever been seen.”
Dobson is author of more than 30 books on the family.
He was an associate clinical professor of pediatrics at the University of Southern California School of Medicine for 14 years and on the attending staff of Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles for 17 years in the divisions of Child Development and Medical Genetics.
He has advised U.S. presidents on family issues.
He holds 18 honorary doctoral degrees and was inducted in 2008 into The National Radio Hall of Fame.
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