The socialist philosophy and the elimination of our individual freedoms espoused by Joe Biden and today’s Democratic Party started long before Bernie Sanders. Little by little over recent decades, Socialist (sometimes called progressivism) has been trying to take over America. A critical tenet of Socialism is collectivism, which is antithetical to the version of democracy practiced in the American republic since the Constitution was enacted.  That US version of democracy insists that (with some exceptions), the rights of the individual are superior to the rights of the collective or the government. faith socialism democrats Biden

One of those individual rights is the freedom of religion. And before they go to the voting booth in November, people of faith should understand that Socialism opposes religion. Karl Marx famously said, “Religion is the opium of the people.” Following Marx’s lead, Socialism wants a socialist Government to supersede God. But that is only part of the reason why people of faith should be rejecting Joe Biden and the Democratic Party. Socialism destroys principals that are basic to both Judeo-Christian and American traditions, such as limited government, individual responsibility, and traditional morals.

Wanting to be accurate, this post will focus mostly on my area of expertise… the Judeo part of America’s Judeo-Christian tradition.

Let’s start at the beginning, or in the beginning, the creation narrative in Genesis explains that man is created in God’s image.  But we also taught that our maker has no bodily form, so how can that be?  The Bible is not telling us that we are all dead ringers for the “big guy upstairs.” If that was the case the picture on everyone’s driver’s licenses would be the same, no one would be able to get a check cashed,  all of those TV shows about using DNA to solve crimes would be very boring, and I might be on TV.

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“Created in God’s image” is supposed to teach us that just as God acts as a free being, without prior restraint to do right and wrong, so can man. God does good deeds as a matter of his own free choice, and because we are created in his image, so can man. Only through free choice, can man indeed be, in the image of God.  It is further understood that for mankind to have real free choice, he must not only have inner free will but an environment in which a choice between obedience and disobedience exists. God thus created the world such that both good and evil can operate freely; this is what the Rabbis meant when they said, “All is in the hands of Heaven except the fear of Heaven” (Talmud, Berachot 33b). God controls all the options we have, but it is up to man to pick between the correct or incorrect choice.

When it comes right down to it, free will is the divine version of limited government. God picks which is the correct direction and even gives us holy scriptures as a guide book to follow, but he does not pick winners and losers—it is up to each and every one of us to choose the direction we want to proceed.

As we all are created in God’s image, then “all men are created equal.” What that means from a faith perspective is we all have the same ability to be infinitely good or wicked, and to forge a relationship with God regardless of intellectual capability, social background, physical strength, etc. It does not mean, as Socialism ascribes to when it comes to talents, predilections, or natural abilities, we are all equal. If that were the case, we would all be recognized as scholars at the level of the Einstien (to people other than our moms). It also doesn’t mean that everyone should have the same big screen TV, wireless internet, or savings account balance.

Just as Jefferson meant when he wrote those words in the Declaration of Independence, we all the same right to be as good as we can be with the cards which we have been dealt.  As opposed to Socialism, which teaches that everyone has the right to an equal amount of “stuff.” Except, of course, for party leaders, they get exclusive benefits.

In Socialism, everybody gets the same reward no matter what they get done, which is also contrary to religious teachings.

Have you ever noticed that in Genisis after five of the seven days, God “saw that it was good”? The two exceptions are Mondays and Tuesdays. Monday (day #2) doesn’t have an “it was good,” Tuesdays gets called good twice.  On first thought, one might think that God hates Mondays (like much of mankind), but that doesn’t seem right, and it doesn’t explain why Tuesday gets to double-dip. The reason for the difference is God is teaching us that we get rewarded based on what we accomplish.

Per the text, only part of the job of creating oceans gets accomplished on Monday. Genesis 1:6 says water is separated on Monday, “Let there be an expanse in the midst of the water, and let it be a separation between water and water.” But the next day, God does something else with the water, “Let the water that is beneath the heavens gather into one place, and let the dry land appear,” and it was so. “God called the dry land earth, and the gathering waters He called seas.” Genesis 1:9-10.

The text said that on Tuesday, God finished the water job.  So, Tuesday got rewarded, and Monday got bupkis because it didn’t finish. This is contrary to Socialism, which teaches that everyone is given what the government thinks they need, not what they earned.

The Tanach (the Jewish Bible)  respects economic success, so long, as it is obtained honestly and proper respect is shown for the social responsibility that comes with it.  That social responsibility is an individual duty and a job for the community led by its religious leaders, but not by the government.  That doesn’t mean it’s wrong for the federal government to provide a safety net, but the primary responsibility is the individual and the local community.

That’s why Hebrew word for charity, “tzedaka,” has in its root the word “tzedek.” Tzedek means righteous because we are taught that personally giving charity is one of the keys to being righteous. Leviticus (25:23) says, “If your brother becomes impoverished and his means falter in your proximity, you shall strengthen him proselyte or resident so that he can live with you.”

Leviticus 23:22 says farmers should eave some of their fields unharvested for the poor to feed on,  When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not completely remove the corner of your field during your harvesting, and you shall not gather up the gleanings of your harvest. [Rather,] you shall leave these for the poor person and for the stranger.” Again a personal responsibility.

Socialism takes away that free choice given to us by God.  They believe that left to their own devices, mankind will do the wrong thing (or at least what socialists think is the wrong thing). So socialist governments take over the role of God.  Ignoring the meaning of created in the image of God, they step in to control our decisions. Socialism takes away our personal choice and gives it to the government –thus retarding our spiritual development and not letting allowing us to closer to our maker.

The Bible also teaches us that we cannot rely on God to bail us out all of the time, the responsibility to act falls upon each and every one of us.

There is a rabbinical commentary about the part of Exodus where Moses splitting the Reed Sea that teaches this lesson (Reed sea is not a typo). In Exodus chapter 14:15, Moses sees the Pharaoh’s troops bearing down on the Israelite nation, who are trapped against the sea.  Moses starts praying to God, but God says, stop praying, and do something! “The Lord said to Moses, Why do you cry out to Me? Speak to the children of Israel and let them travel.” That is Bible talk for “Hey Mo, stop praying and do something!” But when Moses lifted his staff over the sea, the water did not part.

The Egyptians were closing in, and the sea wasn’t moving. Moses and the Israelites stood on the banks of the sea, frozen in fear until a man named Nachshon took the responsibility upon himself to act. Nachshon just walked into the water.  He waded up to his ankles…his knees…his waist… his shoulders, and just as the water was about to reach is nostrils and possibly drown him, the sea parted.

This commentary teaches us that it’s essential to have faith and believe God may eventually help us, but we cannot get that help until we take personal responsibility and act on our own. This, too, is antithetical to socialist philosophy. The philosophy pushed by Biden and the Democratic party believes that the government is the first place to look for help, instead of looking at one’s self, family, and community.

On the other hand, Socialism teaches citizens that the government will always bear the responsibility of protecting you; there is no individual responsibility, just the collective bailout. Instead of what the Torah teaches, each one of us assuming personal responsibility and using our good deeds to gain closeness to God.  And that closeness is the faith-based version of what Thomas Jefferson called “the pursuit of happiness.”

God, who instilled in us a personal responsibility to do the right thing, and also provided mankind with the choice to accept that responsibility or not. There is no room in faith for a government that forces their interpretation of the right thing down our throats.

Socialism’s objective is for the government to supplant the role of God and mankind’s conscience. Many people say this election is a choice between Socialism and freedom, which is true. But is also a choice between Socialism and giving up one’s faith.

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