Religions are most clearly understood when named in the context of their specific founder. (We’d all probably perceive Islam more accurately if it was still called Mohammedanism.) So too with the political faiths. The bizzaro political brother of Christianity comes into focus when its lead founder is named: Karl Marx.
1. an adherent of Karl Marx or his theories.
7. a person who believes in Jesus Christ; adherent of Christianity.
By the dictionary definitions, the designations Marxist and Christian are both simultaneously specific and broad. A Christian is anyone who embraces the teachings of Jesus Christ to one degree or another. This spans from the Evangelical who thinks we rode on triceratops backs in the Garden of Eden to the Christian mystic who just loves Jesus and regards the New Testament’s supernatural components as metaphor (me) to the casual Christian who just celebrates Christmas and tries to live by the Golden Rule to the horrors of Reverend Jeremiah Wright’s Liberation theology. All are Christians because all have imprinted some aspect of Jesus Christ onto their spirit. That some may be good Christians or bad Christians or mistaken Christians or loving, Christlike Christians or embarrassing, mean Christians is inconsequential — at least in a discussion about clear use of language.
Understood in this fashion the designation Marxist can be appreciated with renewed clarity. We can see that the destructive Marxist influence spans beyond Stalinist dictators, cowardly Cuban executioners and others who openly champion socialism. This central Marxist teaching from The Communist Manifesto has penetrated Western Civilization so effectively that it is now embraced by those who do not even know its origin over 150 years ago:
The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles.
Freeman and slave, patrician and plebeian, lord and serf, guild-master and journeyman, in a word, oppressor and oppressed, stood in constant opposition to one another, carried on an uninterrupted, now hidden, now open fight, a fight that each time ended, either in a revolutionary reconstitution of society at large, or in the common ruin of the contending classes.
Bourgeoisie vs Proletariat. Rich vs Poor. Boss vs Employee. Corporations vs Joe SixPack. Wall Street vs Main Street. Profits over People. Fat Cat CEOs eating caviar and lobster vs Hard Working Blue Collar Guy Unshaven Wearing Overalls. Greed vs Love. The Shock Doctrine vs the Third World. I’m Responsible for Myself vs Blame Someone Else. Creators vs Takers. Happy and Pursuing Holiness vs Frightened and Spinning Deeper into Brokenness? We are the 99%.
To establish this continuity is to drive a splinter into the political soul of the unserious Jon Stewart-worshipping, MSNBC-watching so-called progressive. To then refute the fantasy with undeniable facts people see in their every day lives is to make the emotional pain more unbearable…
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