Socialism

Socialism

It’s amazing to me that many young people today believe and defend socialism. This view is destructive and damaging to any culture. Socialism has never worked in any country. Any time it has tried to be brought into a community or society it has never worked, not once. Socialism doesn’t bring prosperity it produces poverty. Some people who are promoting this ideology do it from a sense of wanting to help people and from a heart of compassion but it is misguided. This policy is about government control, it’s not truly about helping people and it’s not giving people the tools to rise up in society. Socialism is putting stop to people’s dreams, aspirations and the calling that God has upon their lives. Citizens need to be free to live out their God-given potential and governments shouldn’t be an obstacle to that.

One reason why I think that it’s extraordinary that people today believe in this system is because socialism is very closely linked to Communism. People have been persecuted in these brutal regimes in the past and they haven’t been free to live out their beliefs. Thousands of lives have been lost to defeat this kind of evil so we could live in nations that are free. So why would we want to live under socialism. Finally the Bible doesn’t promote socialism but the free market system. Ultimately socialism is Satan’s plan of control, to put people under bondage.

Galatians 5:1 says ‘Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.’ God is for freedom and he gave those freedoms to individuals and family from the beginning.

 

Saving My Assassin by Virginia Prodan

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Virginia lived in Communist Romania, the brutal and oppressive regime of Nicolae Ceausescu. She was treated really badly at home with her family, receiving beatings from her Mother. She had to do a lot of chores at home. Virginia made the decision to become an attorney.  She studied hard. Virginia married, had children and she became an attorney in Bucharest. She started defending people who had been affected by the Communist system but she was starting to be targeted for this. Virginia became a Christian. Christians were heavily persecuted in Communist Romania including being killed and just disappearing. Virginia started defending individual believers and churches in the Romania courts. She was putting herself and her family in huge danger by doing this.

The Securitate (secret police) were always following Virginia, spying on her and her family. Also interrogating her and trying to scare her. It’s amazing how God kept her and protected her.  But one time a man was sent to kill her, she was in her office and he pointed his gun at her. Virginia was scared but God gave her peace and told her to share the Gospel with him. So the man who was sent to kill her, she led him to come to faith in Jesus. This man Michael Taut became a Pastor, started a Christian School and his son became a pastor too. Also Michael’s granddaughter was named Virginia after her.  After Virginia led Michael to the Lord Mrs Prodan and her 2 daughters were put under house arrest for about a month. It’s incredible how God provided for them and protected them throughout this time. God strengthened them through people visiting them. Many Christians were praying for them throughout Romania and the American Embassy was always trying to support Virginia. The house arrest ended and President Ronald Reagan was able to give Virginia and her family political-refugee status to live in America.

Despite all the suffering that Virginia went through, God worked mightily in her and she was able to love, pray and minister to her persecutors. That’s God’s kind of love. God gave her great boldness and courage in the face of much danger.  Matthew 5:44 says ‘But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you.’

They left Romania in November 1, 1988 to live in Dallas, Texas. About a year later in 1989 Ceausescu’s regime collapsed and Nicolae and Elena were executed. Now Christians in Romania can live out their faith freely. Sadly not long after their move to Dallas Virginia’s marriage with her husband ended.

There is some great lessons to learn from Virginia’s story. To trust God more, to have a closer relationship with God and to be confident in what God has called me to. Also to appreciate more the freedoms we have.  This is an incredible true story that will encourage and inspire you in whatever God is calling you to. Virginia Prodan is an international human rights attorney and an Allied Attorney with the organisation, Alliance Defending Freedom.

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Obeying God

But the midwives feared God, and did not do as the king of Egypt commanded them, but saved the male children alive. – Exodus 1:17 (NKJV)

This is a powerful chapter and a powerful story. (Exodus 1) The Jewish people were in a very difficult situation, they were slaves under a brutal regime. Pharaoh was afraid of them and how they were growing as a people so he oppressed the Israelites even more. Then the King of Egypt wanted to kill every boy that was born. Check out the Hebrew midwives response. ‘But the midwives feared God, and did not do as the king of Egypt commanded them, but saved the male children alive.’ – Exodus 1:17 (NKJV)

Today in countries around the world Christians are killed, put in jail and persecuted just for living out their faith. Their response in the face of this severe opposition is forgiveness and continuing to serve God. In Acts 5 Peter and others were being ordered not to teach about Jesus. Verse 29 (NKJV) says ‘But Peter and the other apostles answered and said: “We ought to obey God rather than men.’

One of the foundational principles of a free nation is freedom of speech and freedom of religion (or freedom of conscience). We must continue to uphold these, if not a country moves into dangerous territory, starts regulating speech and goes down the road of a dictatorship.

Also one of the most important principles upheld by a government should be the protection of life but yet across the globe, leaders and politicians are not upholding this. Life is under attack from the baby in the womb to the elderly. Just as I have highlighted in this post how people have decided to obey God rather than man, we also can live out our faith in every area of our lives according to what the Bible says and that includes defending the unborn in whatever way God has called us to.

Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves;
ensure justice for those being crushed.
Yes, speak up for the poor and helpless,
and see that they get justice. – Proverbs 31:8-9 (NLT) Continue reading “Obeying God”