I have been studying ”Marxism” a bit lately because the term is being thrown about a lot. The main word in the philosophy of Marxism is equality. Justice is achieved through equality. Freedom is experienced through equality. Happiness is the environment created by equality. The philosophy of Marxism isn’t as big of a problem as the methods espoused in accomplishing equality in the masses. Marxism which is the philosophy that drives Communism and Socialism says that the role of government is to establish and maintain equality between people. In order for government to succeed at this task they need to exert a lot of control over the lives of people. In order for perfect equality to be achieved the one’s in power must be perfectly just, wise, and fair, with no corruption. The problem observed in the history of governments is that when power in leadership increases so does the level of corruption resulting in inequality.
A second problem is that the definition of equality is expanded way beyond the Biblical definition of equality which says that we are all created in the image of God, that Jesus died for every person and that He desires every person to be saved and adopted into His family. That every person has equal opportunity to grow into the character of Christ and to develop their gifts and serve Him and others. Marxism says that true equality means we are equal in what we possess, how much money we have, and how much power or influence over others that we have. Every government that attempts to achieve equality in a society in the area of possessions, income, and influence will become a welfare state resulting in the loss of motivation on the part of people to work, achieve, be responsible, and faithful because others will take care of that for them.
The Bible teaches that God is the great equalizer, and that He doesn’t cause equality to exist outside of our behavior, attitude, and dependence on Him.
Matthew 23:11-12 But the greatest among you shall be your servant. Whoever exalts himself shall be humbled; and whoever humbles himself shall be exalted.
James 4:10 Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you.
Christians often see the term ”self-help” as a prideful term, but understood rightly it simply means that I am responsible before God to live my life to please Him, and as I do He blesses me. The blessings of God are not money and possessions, but joy, peace, honor, hope, inner strength, and a sense of worth and value.
Lately I have been learning a lot of new words or old words with new definitions. One of those new words is intersectionality, which comes out of Marxism.
At the ideological heart of the left today is the theory of intersectionality, which holds that interlocking systems of oppression determine most of the world’s outcomes.
Intersectionality is a theoretical framework for understanding how aspects of a person’s social and political identities such as gender, sex, race, class, sexuality, religion, ability, physical appearance, height, weight, education level, intelligence etc. might combine to create unique levels of discrimination and privilege. Intersectionality identifies advantages and disadvantages that are felt by people due to a combination of factors.
If your goal was to create the opposite of a self-help philosophy, you’d land on intersectionality. The way to change your life for the better isn’t to work hard, practice good habits and make good decisions—the way to change your life is to overthrow the systems of oppression that are keeping you down, and the way to gain authority among your peers is to achieve a higher level of victimhood.
Marxism, Socialism, and Intersectionality is the heart of Liberalism, the left, the Democratic party, BLM, and most of the news media and social media today.
But the good news is that Jesus is coming to establish His Kingdom on the earth and He will be the perfect, righteous, just, holy ruler and judge that will establish true equality on the earth. Until then it will be a struggle.