Wanna see just how far from freedom-loving even the typical “conservative” in America has become?
Ask ’em why their precious public schools should be funded by the confiscation and redistribution of property and wealth. Then watch ’em squirm before defending said confiscation and redistribution of wealth.
That’s what passes for “conservatism” in America these days. Even among self-identified Christians.
So what if this approach to funding public schools effectively makes us all serfs and renters from the state? So what if it means that we literally can’t own a home outright in America since our “rent” (property taxes) to the government can never end in order to keep this flagrantly Marxist nightmare scenario rolling along perpetually in “the land of the free” and the home of the NSA? (For more on this, please read How “free public schools” make us all renters from the State.)
The bottom line response to these concerns from most American “conservative Christians” these days seems to be: “Well, we just have to do it this way,” accompanied by some version of, “If we don’t do it this way, then it won’t happen!”, which translates basically into: “If we don’t use the coercive power of the State to confiscate wealth from people and redistribute it in the form of public school buildings, teachers, bureaucrats and the like, how will we ever have our precious public schools, teachers, and bureaucrats?!”
Oh, the horror.
The standard Marxist party line now routinely regurgitated by State-programmed “conservative Christians” is, in a nutshell: The ends justify the means, with the ends, in this case, being State-run…well…everything.
The assumed propriety of State-run theft on a massive scale in order to fund State-empowering programs is now a given in America…even in most American churches.
The same general principle (or vice) of “justified theft” is applied by garden variety American Christian conservatives to all manner of State-run programs. From scores of overtly satanic/Marxist scams like the youth-raping Ponzi scheme of Social Security to the seemingly infinite layers of bureaucracy aimed at controlling professions, controlling businesses, and securing the dominance of our black magic fiat currency economic system, conservative Christian Americans have, for the most part, become full-blown converts (and quite evangelical ones at that) when it comes to embracing and defending the “need” for the State to confiscate the property of individuals in order to fund the increasingly Orwellian beast of American Socialism.
Which brings us back to public schools, since that’s where most, if not all, of these “conservative Christians” have been trained (discipled) by the State.
Now let’s have a look at some material that those public schools religiously oppose…
Consider the following passages:
“You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male servant, or his female servant, or his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor’s.”
~ God’s command to man (and all groups of men) as recorded in Exodus 20:17
“You shall not steal.”
~ God’s command to man (and all groups of men) as recorded in Exodus 20:15
Seems clear enough, doesn’t it?
Yet somehow, some way, here in ‘Merica we’ve gotten it in our heads that these basic, fundamental rules regarding respect for private property and the evil of theft don’t actually apply to people when those people join together as a gang that they then name “The State” (or “the government”).
The State, you see, is immune to the Law of God.
Or maybe The State is just above the Law of God.
Either way, you get the point.
To get more of a feel for just how comfortable we’ve become with covetousness and theft, consider the opening lines of a post that we made on the subject a while back:
“Is it okay to covet your neighbor’s property?
And then take some of it?
To spend on yourself?
In America, the answer is a loud and clear: Of course!
Especially if and when your neighbor has more stuff than you, and doubly so if they have a whole lot more than you. But even if they have the same or less than you, it’s still a baseline assumption here in “the land of the free” that you are entitled to both covet your neighbor’s property and then take that property through the coercive power and force of the State.
The funny/sad thing is that even as we enthusiastically use the coercive power of the State to take wealth from our neighbors in order to feed the massive System of Systems that has come to dominate our culture and make its inhabitants dependent on the State (see how that works?), we simultaneously like to imagine ourselves as some sort of model of freedom and liberty.
Yep, we actually think we’re all about freedom, liberty, free markets, property rights and capitalism while we openly and quite routinely use the power of the State to steal from our neighbors on our behalf.“
If you want a program for this, a program for that, and public schools in every town, then fund them privately.
Spend your money funding what you want funded.
Spend your time and energy helping promote the funding of the things that you want funded.
If your pet program or system requires the confiscation of other’s property at gunpoint through the coercive power of the State, then you have a serious problem.
If your pet program or system cannot find voluntarily offered support sufficient to keep it rolling along, then it shouldn’t keep rolling along. That’s how freedom works.
Anything worth funding can and should be funded voluntarily.
How does that impact your view of culture and civil government?
We’ll dive more into that soon, Lord willing. In the meantime, let’s close (or at least pause) with the perfect (and utterly relevant) Word of God on true freedom:
“. . . where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” ~ 2 Corinthians 3:17
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