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Christianity and the New Marxism

August 25, 2017

“If any man or woman that believeth have widows, let them relieve them, and let not the church be charged; that it may relieve them that are widows indeed,” (1 Tim 5:16, KJV).

Group mentality is becoming more and more pervasive in our society. Progressives have been pushing for some time now that a person’s group identity is the most important thing about them, reducing their individuality to virtually nothing. The modern lingo is nothing more than repackaged Marxism. Instead of dividing society into groups according to bourgeois and proletariat, the new Marxism divides people up according to majority and minority, black and white, rich and poor, male and female, etc. Of course, in Marxism, it was the bourgeois, the business owners, that were demonized as a class, while the proletariat, the workers, were the victims as a class. In our day it is the majority that are demonized, while all minorities are the victims. It is the rich that are evil, while the poor are innocent. It is men that are the problem, while women are the solution. There is no room for individual guilt or innocence in this kind of thinking.

A major problem with this thinking, is that it is unbiblical on multiple levels. First of all, in Ezekiel we read, “The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him,” (Ez. 18:20). You see, in Scripture, people are only guilty if they as individuals sin or break the law. Someone is not guilty or innocent simply by belonging to a certain class of people. All white people are not guilty of racism. All rich people are not guilty of oppression. All men are not guilty of abusing women. If we think through the classes mentioned above, people of all types have committed evils in the eyes of God. However, all people of each group do not commit the same sins, simply because they belong to the group. Some rich people are honest and have done a lot to help the poor, for example. The new Marxism does not allow for these types of fine distinctions.

In addition, Paul is clear that non-Christian class divisions should be abolished. In Galatians 3:28, he says, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.” This statement is beautiful. He begins with the idea of Jew and Greek. There are no racial divides in Christ. Biblical speaking, the biggest problem of “racism” was the divide between Jew and Gentile. However, this line of division was destroyed by Christ. Paul said, “For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us,” (Eph. 2:14). Divisions due to race are destroyed in Christ, and there can be peace. Next, he says, “neither bond nor free.” Class divisions are destroyed in Christ. People are no longer to be defined simply by their socio-economic status. They are defined by being in Christ, who makes all people free in Him. Then he says, “neither male nor female.” The war between men and women is destroyed in Christ. In Christ, men are freed from their sin to treat women in the God honoring fashion that He designed. Women are freed from sin to treat men in the God honoring way He has proclaimed as good. The war between men and women is over in Christ.

The key then, is for the Church to abandon the unbiblical thinking of the culture’s class wars. The Church cannot begin to think along these new Marxist lines, and expect to experience the peace that God has for His people. We cannot live in Christ, and define people according race, socio-economic status, and gender, and expect to live in peace. In the text in 1 Timothy, Paul lays out certain qualifications that were to be true of the individual, in order for them to be received onto the roll of widows. You see, individual distinctions were required in order to know how to best help someone. Simply lumping people into their groups according to race, socio-economic status, or gender, was the last thing on Paul’s mind. Paul was not a Marxist, and we should not be either.

May God protect His people from simply adopting the latest philosophy that is in vogue in the culture. May God protect His people from unbiblical thinking. May He grant us faith in His Word, so that we can define reality according to the way that He defines it, and not according to humanistic philosophy. May God give us discernment in this day in which we live.

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