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the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the
morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. Now when he had agreed with the
laborers for a denarius a day, he sent them into his vineyard. And he went
out about the third hour and saw others standing idle in the marketplace,
and said to them, ‘You also go into the vineyard, and whatever is right
I will give you.’ So they went. Again he went out about the sixth and
the ninth hour, and did likewise. And about the eleventh hour he went out
and found others standing idle, and said to them, ‘Why have you been
standing here idle all day?’ They said to him, ‘Because no one hired
us.’ He said to them, ‘You also go into the vineyard, and whatever is
right you will receive.’
“So when evening had come, the owner of the vineyard said to his
steward, ‘Call the laborers and give them their wages, beginning with
the last to the first.’ And when those came who were hired about the
eleventh hour, they each received a denarius. But when the first came,
they supposed that they would receive more; and they likewise received
each a denarius. And when they had received it, they complained against
the landowner, saying, ‘These last men have worked only one hour, and
you made them equal to us who have borne the burden and the heat of the
day.’ But he answered one of them and said, ‘Friend, I am doing you no
wrong. Did you not agree with me for a denarius? Take what is yours and go
your way. I wish to give to this last man the same as to you. Is it not
lawful for me to do what I wish with my own things? Or is your eye evil
(envious) because I am good (generous)?’ So the last will be first, and
the first last. For many are called, but few chosen.” (Matthew 20: 1-16,
Jesus teaching his disciples)
collectors also came (to John the Baptist) to be baptized, and said to him,
“Teacher, what shall we do?” And
he said to them, “Collect no more than what is appointed for you.”
Likewise the soldiers asked him saying, “And what shall we do?” So he
said to them, “Do not rob anyone by violence or accuse falsely, and be
content with your wages.” (Luke 3:12-14)
“Let him who
stole, steal no longer, but rather let him labor, working with his
hands what is good, that he may have something to give him who has
need.” (Ephesians 4:28)
“Bondservants, obey in all things your human masters, not with eye-service, as men-pleasers, but in sincerity of heart, fearing God. And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.” (Colossians 3:22-24)
"As with the Christian religion, the worst advertisement for Socialism is its adherents." (George Orwell, author of Animal Farm)
Socialism. An economic system in which the production and distribution of goods are controlled substantially by the government rather than by private enterprise…Some socialists tolerate capitalism, as long as the government maintains the dominant influence over the economy; others insist on an abolition of private enterprise. (The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition, 2002)
“The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people’s money.” (Margaret Thatcher)
"I contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handles...It is a socialist idea that making profits is a vice; I consider the real vice is making losses…Socialism is like a dream. Sooner or later you wake up to reality…Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy…The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries." (Winston Churchill)
"I believe that for the past twenty years there has been a creeping socialism spreading in the United States." (Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1953)
"We are for aiding our allies by sharing some of our material blessings with those nations which share in our fundamental beliefs, but we are against doling out money government to government, creating bureaucracy, if not socialism, all over the world." Ronald Reagan, 1964)
"Property is the fruit of labor... property is desirable... a positive good in the world. That some should be rich shows that others may become rich, and hence is just encouragement to industry and enterprise. Let not him who is houseless pull down the house of another; but let him labor diligently and build one for himself, thus by example assuring that his own shall be safe from violence when built." (Abraham Lincoln)
"Democracy is the road to socialism." "The theory of Communism may be summed up in one sentence: Abolish all private property.” (Karl Marx)
"Socialism is Bolshevism with a shave." (Detroit Journal)
"... in their efforts to produce an unknown that we may let its ideologists call socialism, the communist dictators have produced a brutal approximation of monopoly capitalism, a system that has all the disadvantages of our own, with none of the palliatives." (John Dos Passos)
"The function of socialism is to raise suffering to a higher level." (Norman Mailer)
"Socialism: nothing more than the theory that the slave is always more virtuous than his master." (Henry Louis Mencken)
"The American people will never knowingly adopt socialism.
But, under the name of liberalism, they will adopt every fragment of the socialist program, until one day America will be a socialist nation,
The Theft of Socialism
case you are not familiar with the critical teaching by Jesus quoted above,
then read it again carefully, because it blows socialism and
unionism right out of the water. Note especially the socialistic and union
reasoning of the wicked, envious servants at the end of Christ's story.
and unionism have no place in Scripture. There is no biblical teaching
that says the “haves” must be overly taxed or otherwise penalized in
order to support the “have-nots”, or that employees have the right to
set the terms of their employment or determine the policies and direction
of their employer’s enterprise. The Word certainly does advocate
compassion and generosity, to be sure, but that is of the individual
toward the less fortunate, and it is to be voluntary, from the heart, in
accord with God’s precepts, not mandated by human government, and
certainly not directed by “union bosses” who are neither in charge nor
even exist in Scripture.
a socialist government takes by force from the wealthy and gives to the poor, or
bails out inefficient unionized industries, or salvages corporate banks
with disastrous lending policies, or rescues spendthrift individuals who
have borrowed themselves into crushing debt, or bails out those who
overextended themselves in greed… then that government is a thief.
Of course, the handout recipients will eagerly vote for such an
“administration” and consider its actions admirable. But this
situation literally penalizes the corporations and individuals who acted
wisely and produced goods and services worth having without squandering or
borrowing beyond their means. It is from the incomes and savings of these prudent sources that a
socialist government must steal in order to reward the wastrels. It is
the exact opposite of what is going to happen when the Lord comes on the
Last Day, when the foolish losers will be laid to waste and the wise
investors rewarded. (Matthew 25:14-30)
also rob by means of inflation. Simply printing the money to provide the
handouts, rather than taxing it from others, is government stealing
because it devalues the currency, rewarding the foolish who blew their
wealth while penalizing the prudent who saved their earnings, because
those savings are now watered down by fiscally irresponsible
is classic Robin Hood syndrome, a very bad case of theft. Robin Hood is
supposedly famous for “robbing the rich to give to the poor” but the
Robin Hood as we know him today is a fable, a character of fiction,
dressed up by writers and movie make-believers to be a hero. In fact the
earliest references in history are of a generic “rabunhod” found all over
England (not from Sherwood or Loxley or Nottingham or any other specific
place) and the name was “applied
as a form of shorthand to any fugitive or outlaw,” an
“archetypal criminal” or “itinerant felon.” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robin_Hood)
Hood would later be molded from a common thief into a perfect example of
socialist stealing, taking what is not yours to benefit someone else who
has less. Mark this well. The Lord God does not say that you shall not
steal unless you justify it by using the booty for something that you have
determined to be “better” or “good” or more “noble.” He says,
“You shall not steal,” period. Christians have taken in plunder what
was not theirs for two thousand years. Muslims have been doing it for 1400
years. (see: Prophet of Terror,
taking of "spoils") But the Word of God
says you may not take what does not belong to you, from a corporate
conglomerate any more than from a helpless orphan or widow. That is
absolutely out of bounds, if you wish to survive the coming of Christ.
is not good news for socialists, and certainly not for unions who
constantly bleat for more from the teat. Socialism
breeds dependence, not independence. It is the faith of the collective, not the
individual, a religion of government handouts and bailouts, and the herd
loves it, especially the unionized “brothers and sisters” because it
removes incentive and replaces the competitive edge with protected
“work-to-rule” sloth. And it is also a religion that resides deep in the
heart of millions of Christian goats. True faith is individual; it does
not rely on the government, nor is it subject to union stipulations or
philosophy. It generates an individual understanding between employee and
employer. True faith results in a completely different attitude from the
herd; it goes the extra mile, it
produces an honest day's toil, as if the work was being done for the
Lord himself, being content with wages and refraining from fraud or theft. (Luke
3:14; Ephesians 4:28; Colossians 3:23) That is as opposite from the
envious, apathetic and pilfering union mentality as you can possibly get.
Have you ever encountered union intimidation for not towing the line or crossing the picket line, reader? I have, in an illegal strike, when the weather was good and many workers wanted yet another day off, using the excuse that it was a support strike for a completely different company, nothing to do with their own "collective contract" whatsoever. It is quite incredible what union workers will do to steal time and production from the enterprise that employs them, and how irate they will get when someone else does not fall in line with the herd. Brotherhood means that you have the same father, reader, and the father of unionism is not the Lord, as you will certainly find out if you are amongst God's elect.
Have you ever encountered union greed? I have, many times, in various places of work around the world. In fact the union greed that I have seen far exceeds employer greed, because it assumes there is always money in the “pot” for more (owners simply cannot afford to think like that) and makes demands beyond what is sustainable, because unions are not liable for profits, and especially not losses. A good year in profits always had the unions howling for raises, but when the companies suffered huge losses in bad years, did the unions offer to cut wages? No way. They even put up signs of Karl Marx saying, "The workers must take over the means of production." Then do a straight day's work, earn and save your money and buy the company shares until you own it.
That is how you take charge, according to Scripture, reader. You work and save until you have acquired the capital to own your own field, run your own farm, operate your own venture. In the Old Testament it took Jacob two contracts of seven years to do that, fourteen years serving the tricky and unscrupulous Laban, but he succeeded and then left as his own boss. (Genesis 29 & 30) That is private enterprise and true capitalism, not to be confused with the materialism and covetousness from which socialists suffer in epidemic proportion.
That is not what unions want, the capital responsibility of really being the owner or landlord. They want to determine their wages and benefits as employees, without the liabilities of ownership. That is utterly unbiblical from Genesis to Revelation. The employer has the right to set his terms. The employee also has the right to walk away if he does not like it. But the employee does not have the right to decide company policy and remuneration unless he buys into it significantly enough to have that vote.
Karl Marx hated that idea, having to earn a vote. He advocated the grabbing of freebie control. He wanted to steal companies under the guise of social "revolution." It is literally a form of theft, just as the non-performing employees I met (so many it is not funny) were thieves, stealing from the company, especially those with "seniority" who did the least. One of them said to me, " I wish we could be bought out so I don't have to work anymore." I told him I'd never seen him work a day yet, so why should he be paid off with a reward? They almost lynched me, threatening to throw me into the sea off the loading dock.
Jesus Christ does not mince words as to who is the employer and who is not, but socialist mentality cannot acknowledge it, at least, not until it is too late. I have seen countless businesses go broke in England (biscuit factories, tool manufacturers) because the unions went on and on striking for more money until they killed the goose. Afterward the TV news had pictures of them crowding the gates of closed factories, desperate for their jobs back, even at half price, and ready to crucify their foolish "shop stewards" when it was just as much their own fault, blaming anyone but themselves, as is ever the socialist mindset. The companies never reopened; they closed forever or relocated to other countries.
In Canada, the unions I encountered were so strong that there were carpenters and pipe-fitters and millwrights in mills who did absolutely nothing, and bragged about it. They were deemed “unfireable” because the unions could shut the place down with full brotherhood sympathy strikes and socialist government support. I was once asked to help carry some expensive material out of a mill gate for such a worker who was stealing it to build his own boat. He said, “The company doesn’t mind at all.” So I said, “Let’s go to the office and check that.” End of conversation. He put the material back. Socialists know when they are stealing, reader, they just do not like it being exposed.
The worst of it was that they had no human excuse (biblically there is never an excuse) to justify their stealing, like claiming poverty. Those Canadian workers were all paid more than most engineers in management, plus they all had full medical and dental coverage, life insurance, statutory vacations, workmen's compensation and pensions. Many of the companies could not sustain the incessant demands of these socialists or compete with world prices, so they shut down and moved where employees would not be in charge. And that is exactly when union workers turn to the government for yet another socialist handout.
In Australia I observed manufacturers closing down because they could not afford the "expected" stealing of the stranglehold union wharf workers that had to be "factored” into production, losing as much as 30% of all exports going through the docks. That is an incredible state of affairs, reader, and make no mistake, when the End comes, such social stealing will not be rewarded. Jesus taught his elect to pray, “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven,” but unions have no intention of meeting that lofty requirement, and neither do socialist Christians who pray that prayer like a mantra, by rote without understanding a word of it. There will be no socialism or unionism in the kingdom of God. That religion, and the goats that blindly follow it, will be banished forever to a place beyond any more bailouts. Put simply, those with an unchanged mentality of social stealing being somehow acceptable will never enter the gates of heaven. Thieves are absolutely excluded. (1 Corinthians 6:10)
No doubt some of you are wondering about the greed of employers and owners and landlords who act unfairly, without compassion or cannot see the need for decent working conditions and a living wage. Be assured, they too will receive their own judgment if they do not understand their responsibilities and liabilities, but those are not to be decided for them by their employees but by the dictates of their own conscience. Indeed, every one of us will answer for what we have done in the light of God’s requirements to help our fellow man, and you can read all about that in detail in God & Mammon.
"The Ten Cannots"
(sometimes attributed to Lincoln by mistake)
"You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.