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Marx, Christianity & America

Here are some thoughts, and quotes, and some personal notes in light of Barack Obama being called a Marxist. The first is a passage from the Biblical passage of Acts, the second is some quotes by Karl Marx from the Communist Manifesto, along with just some personal notes of interests that I have made.

32 Now the whole group of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one claimed private ownership of any possessions, but everything they owned was held in common. 33 With great power the apostles gave their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all. 34 There was not a needy person among them, for as many as owned lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold. 35 They laid it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need. 36 There was a Levite, a native of Cyprus, Joseph, to whom the apostles gave the name Barnabas (which means “son of encouragement”). 37 He sold a field that belonged to him, then brought the money, and laid it at the apostles’ feet. (Acts 4:32-37 NRSV)

Quotes by Karl Marx (Communist Manifesto)

“The history of all hitherto existing society is a history of class struggles” (Marx 57)

All men not equal. If all men are created equal, then some men had to, ast some point give up their equality for security and survival.

“Freeman and slave, patrician and plebeian, lord and serf, guildmaster and journeyman, in a word, oppressor and oppressed.” (58)

Marx is against class and class struggles. 11 In that renewale there is no longer Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and free; but Christ is all and in all! Colossians 3:11 NRSV)

“The bourgeoisie [middle class – the “elitist” class of the Industrial Revolution and Industrial era] has stripped of its halo every occupation hitherto honored and looked up to with reverent awe. It has converted the physician, the lawyer, the priest, the poet, the man of science, into its paid wage laborers.” (62)

This is a revolutionary, but insightful quote. Instead of have a vocation – i.e. being a doctor, priest, etc for the simple sake of feeling that it is your vocation, and for the good of society, the effects of capitalism has turned these vocations into mere jobs. To me, it seems that Marx is saying that, as these are now jobs, the “heart and soul” have been taken out and replaced with the wage earning hand.

“The bourgeoisie has torn away from the family its sentimental veil, and has reduced the family relation to a mere money relation.” (62)

In essence, instead of looking to your family for more then survival support, you see them as a means for financial gains. This can be seen in many areas, but most notably to me in the advent of children workers in factories. Also, it can be seen in the attitude of not wanting to have to deal with family if there is nothing to gain.

“The bourgeoisie, by the rapid improvement of all instruments of production, by the immensely facilitated means of communication, draws all, even the most backward, nations into civilization. The cheap prices of its commodities are the heavy artillery with which it batters down all Chinese walls, with which it forces the underdeveloped nations’ intensely obstinate hatred of foreigners to capitulate. It compels all nations, on pain of extinction, to adopt the bourgeoisie mode of production; it compels them to introduce what it calls civilization into their midst, i.e., to become bourgeoisie themselves. In one word, it creates a world in its own image. (64,65) Boldness added by me.

Add a modern idea – Democracy for all nations. Middle East, Eastern Europe, etc.

“The bourgeoisie has subjected rural areas to the rule of cities.” (65)

Think of the Electoral College – where the majority of the population is – i.e. the cities, so goes the votes for an entire state, at least, this is a large possibility. In other words, as in America’s case, yes, we have Universal Suffrage, but does it truly exist outside densely populated areas?

“Into their place [the old feudal system] stepped free competition, accompanied by a social and political constitution adapted to it, and by the economical and political sway of the bourgeoisie class.” (66)

The elitist make the rules – society went from one aristocracy to another, and continues on to this day

Its not complete yet, so please forgive me, but there is a lot in the Manifesto, as well as Das Republica. Its just interesting to me that the “modern” “Church” has gone away from the communal ideals of the New Testament… which began when Christianity was made the imperial religion of Rome, and has continued since, and yet, when someone possibly wants to go back to them, the “Church” blasts them and calls them a Marxist, even though most Evangelicals and the like do not even know what a true Marxist is, and do not realize that Christ was a “social” man – i.e. It is easier for a poor man to enter into Heaven then a rich man, for a rich man to enter into Heaven, he nust give his possessions away… interesting.

JZ Holloway


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