When you hear of ideas like universal healthcare and government-provided subsidies for the poor, the idea of living in a Socialist state, such as is found in Europe and Canada, is very appealing. Economics governed to both allow people to work and to provide for the poor is something that most people, especially American Christians, would gladly welcome.
So why are most American conservatives, libertarians, and right-wing thinkers so opposed to it (I won’t say that Christians are opposed to it as many Christians on the left are avid supporters of it)? Who doesn’t want to live in a better world?
A recent article on the Crisis Magazine reveals the major reason why every Christian should resist the concept inherent in Marxist theories and the allure of the socialist state. Canada officially offered legal sanction to homosexual couples by legalizing gay marriage in 2005. Gays and lesbians everywhere rejoiced in their newfound freedom and the cause of human rights was advanced.
However, not everyone is feeling a new sense of freedom. What they are feeling is a new sense of restriction and a direct violation of both their conscience and flourishing. The legal profession in Canada is one area where citizens are openly discriminated against based on their religious beliefs.
Not only are Christian lawyers being pushed out by their colleagues, but they are also experiencing ostracism from their clients. As the debate over TWU heated in the media, some of Canada’s most powerful corporations created Legal Leaders for Diversity (LLD), a group that now includes over 70 of Canada’s largest corporations. Through LLD, these companies aim to alter the legal landscape by choosing to do business only with pro-gay law firms. Never before has there been a concerted effort to essentially starve Christian law firms out of business. [Emphasis mine]
Lawyers are not the only ones facing this trend.
In March, Toronto’s city council voted to remove the nomination of a Catholic school trustee to the city’s Board of Health. The trustee had not shown any wrongdoing or incompetence, and city councilors didn’t even try to argue this. Their stated concern was that the trustee had a history of voting in line with Catholic teaching.
Canada has openly said that these things would not happen.
Opponents of same-sex “marriage” were given all kinds of assurances. The preamble to the Civil Marriage Act states that “everyone has the freedom of conscience and religion,” “nothing in this Act affects the guarantee of freedom of conscience and religion and, in particular, the freedom of members of religious groups to hold and declare their religious beliefs,” and “it is not against the public interest to hold and publicly express diverse views on marriage.” [Emphasis mine]
These assurances are lies.
The reason to oppose a socialist state is not because of its goals, ideas, and economics models. Rather, it should be opposed, and opposed vehemently, because it is rooted in a culture that is functionally hostile to Christians and God. The secular state is basically atheism applied to daily life and atheism has no room for a God who created one man and one woman and bound them in marriage.
The Christian left has essentially taken a pacifist stance and chosen to accept any persecution for what they believe will be a much better world. In fact, they have heralded the atheist state as the Kingdom of God.
The American left looks forward to a time of utopian bliss, a world that is devoid of things like discrimination and inequality. However, they will discriminate against Christians who oppose them and create a state of oppressive inequality for them. It may be re-branded under different names and words, but in practice, Bible and Church faithful will be second class citizens.