Politics and the Church – The Church and the Liberal / Progressive / Communist Threat [Part 59]

Is the Communist movement a legitimate political party? This is more than likely an allusion that the Communists have created in some minds.  They have induced some to accept the idea that Communism is a legitimate expression of political action.  The truth is that Communism is a criminal conspiracy.  It is a mistake to treat it as a political party.  Political groups solve their problems by entering into negotiations, attending conferences, and working out their differences with bona fide compromises which all parties are expected to perform.  This has never worked with the Communists because they use deceit, disregard of laws, violation of treaties, intimidation, subversion and open insurrection as basic tools of conquest.  This makes it a criminal conspiracy.  A criminal problem is not handled by negotiation and compromise but generally by these four steps:

>   Immobilize the criminal.

>   Render him harmless.

>   Gain his confidence.

>   Rehabilitate him.

These four steps were used in the case of Germany and Japan after World War 2.  Does this mean a preventive war should be waged against the criminal Communists?  Not at all!  It means that while there is still time…and that time is growing short…before a major war is necessary, free men should utilize available peaceful pressures to immobilize Communist Russia and work for the day when her own people can overthrow the tyrannical rule of Red leaders from within.  We have already seen that the group around Putin is starting to become smaller.

     But what peaceful measures are available?  First we could start by taking away the illegal membership which Russia and her satellites hold in the UN.  Their membership is keeping the UN from fulfilling its original mission.  Another power weapon is cutting off diplomatic relations.  This would cut off much of the Communist espionage machinery.  Even a Founding Father, Thomas Jefferson, recommended such action for nations that treat us ‘atrociously’.  He said: “I am anxious that we should give the world still another lesson by showing them other modes of punishing injuries than by war…I love, therefore…the proposition of cutting off all communications with the nation which has conducted itself so atrociously.” (Writings of Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Jefferson Memorial Association, 1904-1905, Vol. IX, p. 285).

     There are plenty of reasons to justify such action.  Russia is guilty of:

>   Continuous violations of treaties and covenants.

>   Repeated violations of international law.

>   Vicious subversion and interference in the domestic affairs of other nations.

>   Open warfare against peace-loving peoples i.e. Ukraine

>   Provocative acts with the leveling of insults and false charges against the United States.

>   Illegal killing of American servicemen.

>   Illegal shooting down of American planes.

>   Illegal imprisonment of American citizens.

Our government today lacks the political courage to sever diplomatic relations with Russia for fear we might lose some important advantages by isolating Russia in this manner, i.e. like the ability to import Russian oil needed because of the shutdown of our domestic sources. Since the United States recognized the USSR in 1933, not one single advantage has accrued to the United States which could not have been achieved equally well…and often far more easily…without this recognition.  Recognition turned out to be a tool of conquest for the Communists.  In addition to isolating Communism internationally, it also needs to be outlawed domestically.  Lenin said Communists must do everything possible to avoid such action. Whittaker Chambers, who left the Communist Party, said that when the Communist Party is outlawed, it is almost wholly paralyzed because it can no longer send into the surrounding community the filaments whereby it spreads its toxins and from which it draws its strength of life.  (Whittaker Chambers, Witness, p. 210).

     But would not a statute outlawing the Communist Party threaten legitimate political parties…a question the liberal/progressive proponents might throw into the mix?  Well, not if the statute were aimed at any organization ‘advocating the overthrow of the government by force and violence.’  Criminal law strikes at illegal acts or any conspiracy to commit illegal acts. Overthrow of the government by force and violence is therefore criminal by nature.  Any organization that supports such actions should be outlawed.  As it might be considered, it is as foolish to treat the Communists as a legitimate political party as would be to give a bank robber a business license.  We wonder why God permits millions of people to come under the brutal authority of Stalin, Mao, Zi, Pol Pot, Ho Chi Minh, Fidel Castro, or Putin.  The church has come under cruel, relentless persecutions in those nations lead by such tyrants. Yet we often find that the church that suffers persecution is a church that is refined and purified.  One of the great lessons of history, and of the book of Jeremiah, is that God is in control of history.  He does not cause the wickedness and oppression that men do, but He can take human evil, the result of human choices and human free will, and weave it into His eternal plan.  No actions of a wicked despot ever take God by surprise.  Dictators think they are the most powerful pieces on the chest board, but they are pawns in the hand of our sovereign Lord.  When a nation becomes unstable and begins to disintegrate, false prophets invariably arise to confuse the people with lying words.

     Imagine the courage it took for Jeremiah to stand up to all the kings of the known world, including King Zedekiah, and say, “Surrender to the king of Babylon.  Serve him, and you will survive. Oppose him and you will be destroyed.” To these kings, it must have seemed as if Jeremiah was a traitor and a spy, employed by the Babylonians to undermine their authority.  No wonder he was charged with treason.  Yet, Jeremiah is announcing the Word of God concerning the nation of Judah and all the surrounding nations.  Is this a story from a political novel and is Jeremiah some sort of political activist?  No.  He is a man of God who is courageously and faithfully warning these nations of the fatal results of unbelief.  Didn’t he get the word not to mix politics and religion?  No, he was a man of great belief in God and knew he had been sent to do God’s work within the political realm. While Jeremiah spoke to the people with words he had been provided through the inspiration of God, in the process he did not make himself popular.  Then along came Hananiah willing to tell the king and the people what they wanted to hear and that is the kind of optimistic message he delivered. (Jeremiah 28:1-4). Hananiah was a sly and clever liar.  Through his actions we see the corrosive effect these lying charlatans can have on society.  Jeremiah predicted the fall of Jerusalem and captivity in Babylon for seventy years.  Hananiah predicted that God would break the yoke of Babylon within just two years. Hananiah carefully chose his words in an effort to humiliate Jeremiah. Jeremiah had even been wearing a wooden yoke as a symbol of the coming bondage Babylon would impose on the Jewish people. Hananiah chose to use an act of destruction to drive his own point home; he seized Jeremiah’s yoke and broke it in two. Then he announced that contrary to what the prophet Jeremiah claimed, God would break the yoke of Babylon.  The people would not need to repent.  They could remain in their sin and idolatry, and God would rescue them from the consequences of their sin.  In reading this story in the Bible I am reminded of how many of today’s pastors more closely represent Hananiah than Jeremiah?  How many want their congregations to go home after church feeling comfortable if their sin?  Jeremiah is an excellent role model whenever we are attacked or criticized for our faith.  We do not need to defend ourselves.  God is our defender.  

     God then delivered a stern and frightening prophesy to Hananiah from the lips of Jeremiah: “Listen, Hananiah! The Lord has not sent you, yet you have persuaded this nation to trust in lies.  Therefore, this is what the Lord says: I am about to remove you from the face of the earth.  This very year you are going to die, because you have preached rebellion against the Lord.” (Jeremiah 28:15-17).  Hananiah publicly challenged Jeremiah and broke Jeremiah’s wooden yoke in the fifth month of the year.  Two months later, Hananiah was dead. It is dangerous business, challenging the Word of God!  Many of our world political leaders need to get this word.

     Next week we will look at the vulnerability of world governments who think they can ignore God and control people without a penalty to pay.  God did not intend for the church to be the government…history has shown that, but the church is to be a voice in government to let the government know when it has gone beyond the bounds God intended.  Today, some governments have or are trying to replace God.  There is a penalty to pay for such an effort.

-Bob Munsey

“One of the problems we face today is because the people that work for a living are outnumbered by those who vote for a living.” (The Unknown Citizen)

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