Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Perils of Socialism

By now I hope most Americans have buyer’s remorse about the government they have voted into power and will send a strong message about this at the polls in November. The first 18 months of the Obama administration has done more to make the United States into a socialist country than any other government in our history.

The fruits of socialism are well known and predictable. All you have to do is look at the Soviet Union or Cuba for example. Yet today’s advocates of socialism think they can do better. We see this happening in Venezuela. Hugo Chavez is threatening to seize Polar, the country’s largest food producer because of food shortages resulting from government imposed price fixing. This is classic socialism; the government creates a crisis with onerous regulations, and then swoops in to fix the problem by taking control of the business.

Socialism destroys all that it touches. Vengas, a natural gas company was seized by the Venezuelan government and now gas is even scarcer. Because of this, many of the Venezuelan people are wise to the ways of Hugo Chavez and the employees of Polar are resisting the take over because they know their jobs are at stake.

The only way socialist governments can maintain power over their people is to become totalitarian. Don’t be deceived, that is the ultimate goal for the elites who strive for a bigger government. The advocates of socialism sell their vision to the public with the lie of getting something for nothing but what they really want is more power for themselves. Socialist elites are always opposed to the freedom and independent spirit that comes from having a relationship with God because this competes with the government as the savior of the people.

Unfortunately socialism is the direction the world is headed. The world’s socialist elites will make good use of the birth pangs of the Tribulation to convince people to yield more of their freedoms to the government. The theme of this is, “don’t let a good crisis go to waste.” And the Bible tells us that the government in place before Jesus returns will be a totalitarian one… “that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name” (Revelation 13:17, NKJ).

Don’t think for a moment that our government leaders don’t know the impact of their moves toward socialism. They secretly long for not only totalitarianism here in the U.S.; they want to see it worldwide because only a world wide government can solve the great global problems of mankind. They are driven to achieve this with a religious fervor. And this means the economic and political power of the United States must be sacrificed…

President Obama recently declared that he would seek a new "international order." This is a clear indication that the Obama administration is willing to yield U.S. sovereignty in exchange for more global cooperation. Talk about your slippery slopes. This is exactly the mind-set of the ten kings that will yield their power to the Antichrist… “These are of one mind, and they will give their power and authority to the beast” (Revelation 17:13).

Those who scoff at the idea that we are headed toward a world-wide government think “all things continue as they were from the beginning” (2 Peter 3:4). But God has told us that changes are coming. He said in Habakkuk 1:5, “look among the nations and watch-- be utterly astounded! For I will work a work in your days which you would not believe, though it were told you.” Geopolitical developments can happen very fast, “the end of it shall be with a flood” (Daniel 9:26).

It is a dangerous thing to scoff at God’s Word. The Almighty Creator-God will be vindicated. I pray that any scoffers reading this would open their hearts to Jesus so that they my exit the "broad way to destruction" (Matthew 7:13).

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