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Wednesday, January 10, 2007
HAT TIP: Don Chavez promises a socialist Venezuela as he starts new 6-year term - "Chavez also alluded to Jesus, saying: 'I swear by Christ — the greatest socialist in history.'" Jesus never even remotely promoted socialism. For the Jew, Jesus advocated Theocracy, which is a form of dictatorship--but only under the one true God. In terms of practice, Jesus was a separatist. Socialism, which is at constant odds with individualism, is all about enforcing moral imperatives (whatever they may be) upon others. We clearly see Jesus actually challenge the collective in John chapter 8 when the government wanted to enforce their brand of morality through force upon the woman accused of adultery. He constantly challenged the governing moral authority of his day, always teaching personal responsibility and freedom to practice it. Socialism in its endeavors to promote egalitarianism is contradicted many times by Jesus, first, by his charge to individuals to do the right thing (give to the poor, etc.)--not empowering government to force people to give to the poor, to his promotion of hard work, thrift and wise investment in his parables. Of course Chavez doesn't have to worry--the average person will give it about as much thought as he did. makes for a good soundbite.
posted by Jack Mercer @ 1/10/2007 02:28:00 PM  
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