Published September 26, 2013
By Riley J. Hood – chairman of the Constitution Party of Wisconsin and 2012 write-in U.S. Senate candidate (received 70 votes)
“This he said, not because he cared for the poor; but because he was a thief,
and had the bag, and bare what was put therein.” John 12:6
By Riley J. Hood-CPoW State Chairman
In 1979, nuns teaching my CCD class promoted the Sandinista revolution in Nicaragua. I was fed the same line about the Khmer Rouge 4 years before, those “workers for social justice” murdered 30% of Cambodia’s population. These nuns weren’t aberrant, their teaching was commonplace. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend wrote, “As good American, Catholic children, we prayed for the souls in Russia and the end of Communism after every Mass. The anti-religious nature of the Soviet Union and the persecution of Christians there horrified us. But when it came to the economic and social principles of Communism, the nuns were not shocked. How different was it from the lives they themselves were living, the lives Christ had asked them to live? After all, they pointed out, they, too shared property….Unlike much of the country, they lived lives that revolved around justice and truth, rather than money.” She thinks poverty is great. The glitch in her reasoning is that the nun’s lifestyle is voluntary.
After committing my life to serving our Lord, in 1984; I found Marxist teaching in the Protestant Church, especially Churches like PCUSA and the United Methodists. I learned this came in from the 1880′s to the 1930′s. Union Theological Seminary and Harvard Divinity School had their share of apostates into socialism. Men like Walter Rauschenbusch, Henry Ward, and G. Bromley Oxnam didn’t believe in God, the Resurrection, The Virgin birth, and degraded Our Lord into being an agitator. They espoused communism under the terms, “social justice,” “social action,” and most notorious “social gospel.”
Socialism has its “change agents” within Evangelicalism. Ronald J. Sider wrote “Rich Christians in an age of Hunger,” published by Inter Varsity Press in 1974. He states, “Gospel Temple has not yet developed an extensive concern for justice and the poor. But it has begun. The pastor preaches about social justice.” “A deeper commitment to simpler lifestyles and more understanding of injustice in economic structures is needed.” In other words, Christian charity isn’t enough to make Sider happy, we all have to live in a Commune, like in the USSR or Jones-Town, (Jim Jones’ Peoples Temple) to make Mr. Sider happy. What he calls injustice, is what I managed to save after tax, tithe, and bills.
Sider twists the Bible, stating, “Sexual sins and economic injustice are equally displeasing to God.” In the Bible, the Canaanites were to be destroyed for child sacrifice and perversion, not poverty. He never mentions the fact that some people are poor, because their sinful habits are expensive. Sider’s book twists Acts Chapters 2 and 4 to make them sound like Marxism is Biblical thought. “Paul’s concern for economic sharing in the body of Christ began early. Famine struck Palestine in AD 46. In response the believers at Antioch gave, “every one according to his ability.” “They sold their possessions and goods and distributed them to all, as any had need.” The italic emphasis is Mr. Sider’s, “Every one according to his ability” and “as any had need” is Marxism, to quote Karl Marx, “Every man from his ability to every man according to his need.” Sider emphasizes Marxism, literally.
Sider, ignores the Tenth Commandment, “Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s house, thy neighbor’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor anything that is thy neighbor’s.” Exodus 20:17. That command upholds property ownership for persons, not the state. Christian charity is done out of a thankful heart, “social justice” is extorted at the end of a gun. The social gospel is a false gospel, and is an insult to the blood, the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, who redeems us from sin first, and then as we apply God’s word to all areas of life, our circumstances can improve. The Church disregarded Ron Sider, Ralph Blair, Jim Wallis and their ilk, until Obama was fraudulently installed in the White House.
America lost 54,000 men in Korea and 58,000 men in Vietnam. Communists have executed hundreds of millions of innocent people, and millions of our brothers in Christ. If you embrace Social Justice, you are saying that their lives weren’t worth a chorus of Kumbaya. Proper teaching must come from the Church, and legal plunder isn’t sound doctrine.