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Marriage, the State, and the Church | Part 2

In the day of home automation women should have equal opportunity in the work place, but not careers that are fundamentally against the dignity and superiority of a women such as learning to kill enemy combatants.  In addition, women should have the special right and ability to fill the highest role of a mother in the context of marriage.

Policy: pregnant women and new mothers should be guaranteed time off, aggressive tax benefits for raising children in an intact home, corporate subsidies for hiring mothers who are returning to the work force, subsidies for education while raising her children and after her children leave the nest

Policy: All people on welfare programs for more than 1 year must be on a long-term birth control especially men.

The preference would be that government get out of social engineering entirely. Interference and subsidy from government eventually breeds dependence.  Given the existing interference, we need to start from a negotiation position of demanding our money back equal to the economic value of raising children in a good environment. We need to honor strong mothers instead of giving subsidies for destructive liberal values.

Today, with the Big State in ascendency the nation-states now seek to redefine and weaken marriage as a competitive institution pushed by God-hating socialists. Marxist, Communist, Socialist, Atheists, Fascists, yada yada are the same for all intents and purposes which means they love Big State and hate God. Yes, they are sort of like a Baskin Robbins 31 flavors of nefariousness with some even pretending to be religious.  For example, there was a Democrat Pro-life group in the US Congress ran by Rep. Stupak. The day came that President Obama wanted his health care plan to cover abortion. This fake Christian Democrat Pro-Life group sold out for nothing to ensure passage of Obamacare. Now, thanks to Stupak, the Big American State requires everyone to pay for the abomination of the personal choice of abortion. Those who support abortion call themselves pro-choice but they are not supportive of my choice to not pay for the killing of a child. You can never trust a believer in the Big State even when they pretend to be religious. Their religion is atheism and the Big State is their church and the growth of the Big State trumps all. The Big State wants our kids molded to their liking on their evil potter’s wheel instead of Potter God’s wheel.

Organizations and men will always seek more money and control – in a church, union, congress, or club. We are all quite pathetic in our desire for control. The framers of our US Constitution understood this pernicious human desire for ever greater money and power. After much debate these men of God designed a beautiful balanced document that managed to hold back the tyranny of the Big State for 150 years. Unfortunately, the Big State is now firmly in control in the US and it will not allow other institutions or individuals exercising their rights to threaten its voracious appetite for power and money.

A successful joyful marriage is one where a husband and wife have a loving supportive relationship in their unique roles while raising their children to appreciate the freedom to worship, speak, gather with friends, learning the joy of a job well done, studying God’s creation in a field of one’s own choosing, freely picking a mate, and living a life of healthy moderation.

A successful family is not the desired outcome of the Big State.  Who needs a Big State if kids are well adjusted, hard-working, free, independent, and living lives of moderation?  Answer: we don’t.  Thus the Big State subsidizes out-of-wedlock births, keeps kids trapped in poor schools, fills their heads with warped morality and history, weakens the marriage contract replacing Dad with Uncle Sam, and entraps young people with easy access to debt.

Still don’t believe the destruction of the family was planned. How about we listen to their own words —

Karl Marx from the Communist Manifesto:

“Abolition of the family! … On what foundation is the present family, based? On capital, on private gain. In its completely developed form, this family exists only among the bourgeoisie (business class). But this state of things finds its complement in the practical absence of the family among proletarians (the working class), and in public prostitution. The bourgeois family will vanish as a matter of course when its complement vanishes, and both will vanish with the vanishing of capital. Do you charge us with wanting to stop the exploitation of children by their parents? To this crime we plead guilty.”

From President Wilson to President Obama, most Democrat presidents range from stanch Marxist Fascists like Wilson and Obama to softer Socialists such as Clinton. President Obama has strong ties to Marxism, selects Marxists for political positions and often uses the vernacular of a Marxist.

The Democrat Party was greatly altered by President Woodrow Wilson. His extensive writing laid the ground work for the modern Democrat Party. To get a flavor of President Wilson, read what he wrote in 1890:

“The competent leader of men cares little for the internal niceties of other people’s characters: he cares much–everything–for the external uses to which they may be put…. He supplies the power; others supply only the materials upon which that power operates…. It is the power which dictates, dominates; the materials yield. Men are as clay in the hands of the consummate leader.”

The Big State has no place for love, the well-adjusted, and it despises freedom.  Have you ever wondered why some of the most joyless people in the world work for the Big State? God has designed us to find self-worth and joy in a meaningful job done well – self-worth and joy are in short supply when you get your paycheck from Big State Uncle Sam.

The Big USA State at all levels directly controls roughly 45% of the US economy, it dictates and regulates the spending on another 17% (health care, environmental regulations, etc.), and provides incentives for another 15% (mortgage deductions, student loans, farm insurance). Only 20% of the US Economy still runs on free market principles. Evidence for this is as simple as turning on CNBC: when the US Congress votes for increasing spending via debt, the stock market goes up – and talk of reducing spending tanks the market.

Most churches are afraid of the Big State. The Big State bribes the Weak Church into silence with tax deductions for their charitable contributions. In return the Weak Church is not allowed political speech or political literature to be distributed that might go against the state. It is nauseating to watch 50,000 people march for a pro-life cause in San Francisco knowing full-well that the majority of those marching will cast their next ignorant vote for a politician who is 100% opposed to everything they stand for. They are ignorant because the Weak Church will not tell them the complete story because of the fear of losing a tax deduction. Here’s to longing for the day of the free and independent Church.

A Free and Independent Church is one that embraces every part of the Gospel message without fear.

I’m a big supporter of the separation of Church and State. The State should not dictate that anyone has to go to a particular brand of Church or go to Church at all. The Church should never dictate to the State what the proper tax rates are, where the roads need to go, or what type of military equipment to purchase. However, the Church’s voice needs to be freed.

Policy: The deduction for charitable donations needs to end and the money returned in the form of lower tax rates. Happy result: Smaller state and a freer Church.

Now for one clarification; a government and a church are both necessary institutions that are critically important for a civil society. However, once they grow out of control and cease their proper function they become a cancer on civil society.

Marxism is the doctrine of the Big States today. In ancient times the Big State was an out-of-control monarchy. The Bible refers to the Big State in 1 Kings 12:10 and 2 Chronicles 10:10. King Rehoboam listens to the counsel of young government advisors who urge him to raise taxes.

“Thus shalt thou speak unto this people that spake unto thee, saying, Thy father made our yoke heavy, but make thou it lighter unto us; thus shalt thou say unto them,
My little finger shall be thicker than my father’s loins. And now whereas my father did lade you with a heavy yoke, I will add to your yoke”

Rehoboam’s tough tax words resulted in his chief tax collector getting killed and his Kingdom divided in two. Here’s to longing for the day when tax collectors could be tarred and feathered … tarring and feathering my Turbo Tax CD just doesn’t have the same impact. Okay, I promise I’ll get back to marriage, but no guys will read this book if unless we can somehow connect marriage with the joy of tar and feathering Big State tax collectors – the point of all of this is Big States don’t like strong marriages.

There is only one true Marxist economy and that is complete state control over the economy and family. However, there are many Marxist-lite nation states of which the USA is one where the State directly controls much of the economy and is heavily involved in the regulation of the remaining private enterprise and the manipulation of family values.

Finally, Marxism is fundamentally atheistic because Marx said so but also because it devalues the individual in favor of the collective. A Theistic world view values the individual over the collective. The atheistic left views marriage and freely choosing individuals as competitive to State or collective control. As such the atheistic left has campaigns to weaken marriage and all inherent rights of the individual.

I’ve spent some time on this topic because it is important to understand how much Marxist ideology infects our Western thinking. By understanding Marxism we can more easily discover what has been broken and set about repairing the damage.

In Russia the atheistic Bolsheviks (aka Marxist aka Communists) overthrew the Czar and took full control in 1917. Lenin and Trotsky wasted no time making divorce easy.  At the same time they attempted to weaken the mother-child bond by requiring nursing mothers to randomly nurse other babies. These folks were sick. They prevented mothers from nursing their own children to enforce the idea of the collective.

The Left way back in 1917 used deceptive moral arguments to advanced their agenda of state control. For example: marriage is a repressive institution designed to keep women in “their place.” In the 1960’s and 1970’s the Left in America used similar terms.  Ironically, in 2013 as they try to further destroy marriage with “Gay marriage” they no longer say marriage is a repressive institution. If marriage is a repressive institution, then preventing gays from a repressive relationship would be a good thing.  Understand that the Left will use any argument to advance the cause of evil. God is constant and changes not – being the opposite of God means atheists feel no need of consistency so don’t expect it.

In the Free West, Marxism began to flourish in small communities in the US and Europe.  The divorce rate rose slowly in the 1910’s right along with the rise of Marxist ideology. World War 2 caused a very significant but brief spike in the USA divorce rate due to the rush marriages as young men headed off to war and the subsequent divorces due to the haste followed by a long absence. However, the WWII spike paled in comparison to rapid rise in the divorce rate as the Free West entered the Big State 1960’s and the Free Love Era.  The divorce rate has remained high ever since.

The economic, emotional, and physical damage to men, women and children has been staggering as the bedrock institution of marriage and the family is undermined. Even couples that are marginal church attenders have not been spared. This book reports on the social wreckage.

The massive social experiment to diminish the importance of marriage in American and Western society has been a dismal failure from a Christian perspective and a wild success from a Marxist perspective. As a result, your economic future, physical safety and personal liberty has been impacted and the consequences are growing worse each decade. Unfortunately, some political knuckleheads who are blissfully ignorant of the economic cost of fatherless families in various conservative movements tell us to “only focus on economic issues” and “government has no role in social issues.”

Social issues are economic issues. Social issues are liberty issues. Social Issues are personal safety issues.

Most people assume they understand marriage until they are asked basic questions and then they sound like those infamous man-on-the-street interviews where US citizens can’t name the Vice President.

No part of this book should be interpreted as being holier-than-thou or that divorce is never an option. We all fail, we all sin, and we all need forgiveness. True compassion is to speak the truth, seek to prevent failure, and help to restore when moral failure happens.

Once again, Jesus said “Him that is without sin, cast the first stone” … “and they all went out silent” unable to cast a stone at the women caught in adultery as the law demanded. Christ offers for forgiveness to all for example: a tax collector repented and then wrote the Gospel of Matthew; another man named Saul was responsible for persecuting Christians and was a participant in the martyrdom of Stephen but then repented and ended up writing the majority of the New Testament.

End of the history section and on to a secular view of marriage.