Suggestions, Solutions, Reflections
If we as a nation truly want to do right by our poor, we must urge our politicians to get out of salvation politics and leave the “saving” of the poor and needy of society to the faith-based communities. A safety net of government services can be a good thing, but it profits no one if we put so much on it that it rips under the bureaucratic pressure of big government. If our federal government truly respected American citizens, then they would stop robbing us and selling us back our own goods at a higher price! They would end the practice of deficit spending for programs and entitlements that do more harm than help and pass a balanced budget amendment requiring the federal government to exercise responsibility and restraint concerning its outrageous spending. All Americans are expected to live within their means; therefore, so should the government we elect.
Seemingly, our current President, Barack Obama, has a vision for America different than the vision of the founders of the great American experiment. They envisioned a nation of free peoples whom—unlike all the nations before her— would govern themselves and share in ruling. American colonists became disenfranchised and disillusioned by monarchial British rule; therefore, personal liberty and limited government were central themes to the founding documents, the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution. Many nations have since emulated the American model and have tried to duplicate America’s ingenuity and success.
Yet President Obama envisions big government and limited liberty because he has no confidence that Americans are capable enough to make responsible choices with their money and with their lives. He believes in a ruling class, the government. He promotes class distinctions by demonizing the rich and demoralizing the poor. His ideology is reminiscent of German revolutionary and socialist Karl Marx. Cuban revolutionary Fidel Castro is quoted as stating this of Marxism;
Marxism taught me what society was. I was like a blindfolded man in a forest, who doesn’t even know where the north or south is. If you don’t eventually come to truly understand the history of the class struggle, or at least have a clear idea that society is divided between the rich and the poor, and that some people subjugate and exploit other people, you’re lost in a forest, not knowing anything.
But the grand communist experiment was just a secularized attempt to establish God’s Kingdom on earth, but without the God of heaven. Richards notes that:
Marx’s story has the main elements of the Christian story: primeval paradise, fall, redemption, eternal paradise. It’s just stripped of reverences to God, sin, Jesus, and the afterlife.” Christ established his Church, and we are expected to be salt and light—reflecting God’s kingdom though sin and death are among us. Yet our good works will never bring about God’s kingdom. It’s a delusion to believe that we can build a utopia if we try hard enough. This vision doesn’t take in account human sinfulness and God’s mercy. Jesus Christ will establish his Kingdom and if we try, we will not only fail, but “do more harm than good.
I believe Marx, Castro, and Obama genuinely want a world in which the ordering of society is more fair and just. But when we speak of building a just society, we must ask ourselves, “just compared with what? It does no good to tear down a society that is ‘unjust’ compared with the Kingdom of God if that society is more just than any of the ones that will replace it.” Compared to God’s Kingdom, every society gets failing grades. Therefore, to hate capitalism and prefer socialism or communism is not more just. Socialism has proven to bring greater poverty and injustice among the people and “never has there been a greater gap between ideas and outcomes than in communism.” Jay Richards notes that socialists, “talk a good talk, denouncing inequality and defending the poor, and despite the nasty outcome of their experiments, they can still get a pass from those who sympathize with their ideals.”
The current administration, under the lead of President Obama, should end its love affair with socialism and end his policies of taxing and spending. The more that the government does for its people, the more dependent the people become and less likely they are to provide for themselves. Without the safety net of big government, out-of-wedlock pregnancies look less attractive, hard work becomes necessary to eat, saving for hard times becomes a priority, community becomes important again to care for the least in society, and the government can focus on governing and protecting our freedoms. America is still a great nation, and with the right leadership, the ideas upon which she was founded upon will again be respected.
 Jay W. Richards is an author and theologian. He has a PhD in philosophy and a Master of Ministry. He has written dozens of books and articles on the topics of economics, theology, and science. He has published in academic journals all over the country and he is an editor and contributor to numerous apologetic and theological research publications.
 Jay W. Richards, Money, Greed, and God: Why Capitalism is the Solution and Not the Problem (New York, NY: HarperCollins, 2009), 94.
 Joel McDurmon, God versus Socialism: A Biblical Critique of the New Social Gospel (Powder Springs, GA: The American Vision, Inc., 2009), 43.
 Wayne Grudem, Politics According to the Bible: A Comprehensive Resource for Understanding Modern Political Issues in Light of Scripture (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2010), 273-74.
 McDurmon, 43.
 Grudem, 274.
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 A baby boomer is a person who was born during the demographic Post-World War II baby boom and who grew up during the period between 1946 and 1964. Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baby_boomer
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 McDurmon, 47.
 Richards 51.
 Ibid., 47.
 Castro, Fidel; Ramonet, Ignacio (interviewer) (2009). My Life: A Spoken Autobiography. New York: Scribner.
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 Ibid., 31.
 Ibid., 25.