October 23, 2009

Dopey WNJ Letter of the Week

Bob Zembower seems to think that Jesus Christ and communism are connected:

Recent posts regarding the dialogue about Christ and communism fail to display the remotest understanding of either.

It is easy to understand, given the teachings of American history in our schools and the same type of limited truth promoted in most churches.

The fact is, communism was practiced quite successfully by the American Indians and other indigenous peoples worldwide for 10,000 years without conflict or failure.

There is no doubt that if you read the words of Christ, not the Bible, or the heretical rantings of mega preachers living in luxury, Christ did believe in “from each according to his capabilities, and to each according to his needs.”

The problem with attempting to link Christ to communism is that I really doubt Christ would be in the habit of forcing people to do things against their [free] will. And ultimately, this is what communism requires -- force. A comment left by "hawk66" in response to Zembower's letter perhaps says it best:

When speaking of communism and defining it as small communes that agree to share chores and rewards it is a different thing than The Communism that is defined as government control of production and distribution. And while it might be true that Stalinism can be distinguished in some ways from communism, it is also true that for communism to work there must be a strong dictator; otherwise the natural inequalities of people with regard to innate abilities, drives, and motivations will manifest themselves. In short there cannot be equality and freedom at the same time; to have equality is to give up your freedom to excel and rise above the rest. This contradiction is one of the reasons The French Revolution failed (equality, liberty, fraternity) and the American Revolution -- which recognized equality only before the law -- succeeded. And even small communities have not been successful in establishing equality without some tyype of dictator like Jim Jones. Most, failed.
Posted by Hube at October 23, 2009 06:33 PM | TrackBack

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if you read the words of Christ, not the Bible

Where are you going to read the words of Christ IF NOT in the Bible?

Also -- while there is a model of communism in the early church in Jerusalem found in the book of Acts, please realize that it was a voluntary commitment to that lifestyle, not a requirement.

Posted by: Rhymes With Right at October 23, 2009 07:51 PM

I like how the guy implies that others are ill-informed and then goes on to say that American Indians never had conflicts or failures (for ten thousand years, no less). I couldn't stop laughing at that part.

Posted by: BadIdeaGuy at October 24, 2009 07:30 AM

I thought about this over night and realized the answer in the middle of the night.

He isn't talking about the words of JESUS CHRIST -- he means the words of BARACK OBAMA CHRIST!

Posted by: Rhymes With Right at October 24, 2009 11:23 AM

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