by Al Benson Jr.
Member, Board of Directors, Confederate Society of America
No matter what you want to say about the socialists they have a multi-generational world view. The Fabian Socialists are noted for this. They are not in a big rush to push revolutionary socialism down our throats. They are content to do it a little at a time, often in doses we are hardly aware of, but the end result will be socialism for us no matter how you cut the mustard. It may take longer, but the end result will be inevitable. We will get socialism whether we want it or not, often because we were just too lazy or apathetic to be bothered to resist it.
Leon Trotsky, the real big daddy of today’s neo-conservatives, had this to say in regard to the socialists’ multi-generational perspective: “If our generation happens to be too weak to establish socialism over the earth, we will hand the spotless banner down to our children. The struggle which is in the offing transcends by far the importance of individuals, factions, and parties. It is the struggle for the future of all mankind. It will be severe. It will be lengthy. Whoever seeks physical comfort and spiritual calm, let him step aside. In time of reaction it is more convenient to lean on the bureaucracy than on the truth. But all those for whom the word socialism is not a hollow sound but the content of their moral life–forward!” If you want to check out Trotsky’s comments you can find them at https://www.marxists.org/archieve/trotsky/1937/09/life.htm He said lots more than that, but this will give you some idea of his socialist world view and that it was, and still is, multi-generational. I’ll tell you one thing. For those that seek to change the world, a multi-generational world view is essential because no one is going to accomplish that in one generation. Those who think they will are deluding themselves. The socialists have a plan, an agenda, and outline, if you will that they are following and they are willing to work all their lives to fulfill their part in that plan, knowing they will not live to see it come to fruition but feeling that, somewhere down the road, it will, and they will have played their part in that.
Many years ago, ex-Communist Benjamin Gitlow, wrote a book called The Whole of Their Lives. It was a history of the early days of 20th century communism in this country, toward which domestic and foreign communists committed “the whole of their lives.” He quoted Lenin, where Lenin said: “We must train men and women who will devote to the revolution, not merely their spare evenings, but the whole of their lives.” That’s what most socialists do. They devote the entirety of their lives to this evil purpose–and the lives of their children as well! I am not saying these people will win in the end, but the point is, they are willing to devote everything they have to a cause that is militantly anti-Christ.
The question then arises, are Christians willing to devote even part of their lives to working to defeat this anti-Christ agenda? I can hear the replies even now. “Well, the Lord will take care of all that for us, we don’t need to get involved.” Wrong answer! Yes, the Lord will take care of all that–but He may decide to use you as part of His method of dealing with it. Most Christians don’t want to hear that! It means they may have to do something, get involved, take some responsibility for helping to resist the encroaching socialist evil–and the last thing most Christians want is responsibility. I will never forget my boss when we worked in Illinois, telling me “Christians will flee responsibility as if it were the plague.” He is a Christian, and, in many cases, I am forced to agree with him. He knew whereof he spoke.
I have had the same experience as my boss in Illinois. Even where I am now, I have had some brethren in the faith tell me that the Lord would take care of all the political problems we face. The translation for that comment is: the Lord will take care of the mess we are in so I don’t have to do anything, just go along for the ride. The whole problem with that rationale is the I don’t have to do anything part! Yet that is where most Christians today are at.
The majority Christian world view at this point in history seems to consist of “don’t criticize, be nice, get along with everybody, just be good, and avoid politics, and hope the “rapture” comes along real soon so we can get out of this mess.” I guess you can tell by my commentary that I don’t quite agree with this view. What happens if the “rapture” doesn’t quite come along when you’d like it to or think it should? What do you do then. What do your children, and maybe your grandchildren, do then to deal with what we may have to deal with? What is your world view for their future? Or do you even have one?
Unfortunately today, and for past decades, most Christians seem to find their world view as expressed in the notes in the Scofield Bible–wait for the secret, imminent return of the Lord and don’t bother polishing the brass on a sinking ship. In other words, in regard to the current national situation–do nothing except preach John 3:16, as nothing else really matters. So the socialists take over the world, don’t worry about that, we won’t be here to see it! You’ll have to pardon me if I feel this is rather a shortsighted view.
For those interested I would recommend a different view, one you can find in a book published back in 2008 called Why The End Is Not Near by Duane Garner, and published by Athanasius Press. It is still available on Amazon and is not overly expensive. This gives you a whole different perspective on the “end times” and what vision for the future Christians need to have if they are to confront what goes on in the world today, and Christians do need to confront it. Just “being nice” won’t cut it.
Christians need a multi-generational world view that prepares their children to carry on the Christian struggle against anti-Christ ideologies and for the truth. We have to realize that this is a battle we will not win day after tomorrow, but one we must teach our children to fight so they can teach their children to fight it. The best way to do that is with Christian education, keeping your kids out of public schools. In the real world, your kids are going to have to deal with the false doctrine of socialism and its world view. They need to know the truth about it from a Christian perspective and they need to know how to oppose it from a Christian perspective because it ain’t going away without a fight! This shouldn’t be done just because we hate socialists, but rather because we care enough about them to present them with the truth that is in Jesus Christ, because this truth is what will break the back of socialism.
The socialists want to hand their “spotless banner” down to their children. Their “spotless banner” is stained with the blood of millions that would not bow the knee to their false god, and some of those were Christians. So Christians do need to oppose socialism in Christian love–but they do need to oppose it, and to do that, they need to learn what it is all about.