Free Enterprise Death: Country

Free Enterprise is reported to be declining. Breibart reports that since 2008 the number of startup companies lags behind the number of companies closing.1 That IS significant, because without Free Enterprise, Socialism will gain greater power. Socialism is a cooperative system of production, management and distribution by the government. It controls the provision for citizens according to its own rules. Free Enterprise is the initiative of citizens who take the risk to compete for a market share and trusting something other than government – it may be themselves, but many times it is people trusting the grace and mercy of the Lord’s blessing.

Free Enterprise is being choked out by the governmental rules and regulations. Today, there are so many rules protecting the worker that the employer loses hope in a profit. There are, however, many greedy Free Enterprise leaders who are far more concerned for themselves than the workers. While that may be selfishness on their part, it’s far better than government control. That has given great ammunition to Socialists to regulate Free Enterprise.

The death of Free Enterprise would continue to change America for the worse. Yet many American citizens want a handout rather than work for what they need. Therefore they turn directly or indirectly rely upon the government for provisions. The problem is man trusting in man rather than the Lord, “Thus says the LORD,

“Cursed is the man who trusts in man And makes flesh his strength, Whose heart departs from the LORD. 6 For he shall be like a shrub in the desert, And shall not see when good comes, But shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, In a salt land which is not inhabited. 7 “Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, And whose hope is the LORD. (Jer. 17:5-7 NKJ)

There is one solution and that is trusting the Lord’s blessing and mercy. I salute all who take the risk to start their own business. May they trust in the Lord, seeking His will, and waiting upon His blessing.

1http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/01/14/economic-death-spiral-more-american-businesses-dying-than-starting/ accessed on January 14, 2015.

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One Lie

There are many philosophies on how we ought to get along.  Some of them are lies.  One lie is Socialism.  Socialism actually intends to do well.  It intends to help man.  It intends to lift people up from their despair, helplessness or oppressed condition.  The problem is it depends on man’s philosophy, ability and techniques rather than on the absolute truth of God’s Word.

Socialism is a lie, because it establishes comparisons between me and my neighbor and I need the government to help mediate equality between us.  It’s a lie, because that is not the role of the government, nor the goal of man (Romans 13:1-7; 1 Cor. 10:31).  Socialism taunts and bashes the success of some, declaring they are evil while stealing from those who “have” to give to the “have  nots.”  Granted, the government merely calls it a tax, but it is stealing.

Anyone who has a business is considered well off and workers are poor.  A business owner might be scraping by to get the business going and the worker is living off the manipulations of some power hungry labor union (Unions had their place at one time, but the greediness of business has been surmounted by the greediness of some labor unions).

Unfortunately, Socialism establishes class warfare that as long as there are others “who have more than me,” I should have the government working for me to work for my equal rights.  It’s a lie.  It won’t happen.  It’s like a drug that people think will help them, but in fact, will hurt them.  It will not help me not feel small compared to what I think others have.

David Noebel writes, “[Socialists] believe that capitalism eventually destroys itself as it exploits more and more peole until everyone has been reduce to worker status”  Understanding the Times, 9.4.3. Socialism seeks to stop that perceived fall and safeguard the people by its own devices, albeit controlled by “Elites.”

People foolishly think that it will be those “above me” economically will be the ones pulled down “to my level,” when in fact everyone will lose.  Socialism thinks that the free-market system is top-down managed system to hold workers down, when it fact it is a bottom-up system that works according to the decisions of everyone in the system making decisions about what they want to buy or not and who can provide the best product at the best price.  IN FACT, Socialism is controlled by “Elite people” who think they know what is best for everyone.

Ludwig von Mises wrote, “The entrepreneurs and capitalists are not irresponsible autocrats.  They are unconditionally subject to the sovereignty of the consumers.  The market is a consumers’ democracy.”    http://mises.org/humanaction/chap15sec4.asp

The very complaint many have against successful people – greed – is really at the heart of those who resent their success – they are also greedy.  The fact is they want someone else, the government, to make sure they get to see falsely established success.  Then when politicians promise benefits and give gifts, people foolishly vote for the benefits rather than the principle.  If American continues toward socialism, it will eventually kill the means by which America became great.  Socialism depends on man controlling the economy.  Free market is, as Adam Smith wrote in his book The Wealth of Nations (1776), is guided by the invisible hand of the decisions made in the market place.  It eventually evens out.

Will you trust the sovereignty of God?  Will you work if you can so that you can eat?  Will you trust in the Lord and trust His provision?

The soul of a lazy man desires, and has nothing; But the soul of the diligent shall be made rich. (Proverbs 13:4)

For even when we were with you, we commanded you this: If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat. (2 Thessalonians 3:10) [For those in genuine need, the church has the responsibility to help immediately and help the person get on his feet so he can feed himself.  The person must humble himself and want the help).

Pursue God and trust His Word and He will provide what you need.

 

Book Review: God versus Socialism by Joel McDurmon

“God versus Socialism: A Biblical Critique of the New Social Gospel” by Joel McDurmon. This book will make you humanly mad and divinely wise.  We in America for too many years have fallen under the pretense that “America, right or wrong, America.”  The problem is that we are swiftly floating down the river of socialism in the name of doing good.  We Americans have bought the premise too many times that Scripture deals with spiritual issues and not other mundane concerns like politics, property and population.  We have begun to look to the king (government) for the answers, rather than trust the King of Kings and obey what His Word already says.

Joel McDurmon in his excellent volume “God versus Socialism” has done a brilliant job of exposing the evil promulgated by government programs intended to help the masses.  However, by helping the masses, the government messiah has stolen from the rich to enable the poor to continue in poverty.  There is only one King and He owns everything (Ps. 24:1).  The foolishness of man has been and is to look to man for answers which he will never resolve in the realm of mankind, Republican, Democrat or Independent.  Conservatives, especially the NeoCons of the last two decades are no better than their Liberal counterparts.  They have increased the size of government in the name of personal power and individual aggrandizement.

McDurmon astutely exposes the evil agenda of several contemporary authors and speakers.  At best they believe what they are writing will help, at worst, they are deceived by seducing spirits.  McDurmon uses the subtle, or not so subtle, agenda of Jim Wallis, Tony Campolo and Ronald Sider as examples of wolves in sheep’s clothing.  They have infiltrated many denominations and pulled them perilously close to the cliff, pushing many off into the chasms of ineptness and spiritual despair.  They have twisted and distorted Scripture for their own purposes, which in short is to strengthen man’s dependence on man’s government, to redistribute property and to dislodge the Christian’s understanding of biblical theology.

Christian Socialism is an oxymoron, because instead of freedom in Christ, Christians are set into bondage to the state.  Unfortunately too many Christians like the benefits they seem to get on their personal behalf and they don’t have to see who the government is stealing from in order to pay for what they need.  It’s simply another ploy from the demonic realm that Christians will one day find themselves in such a deep pit of dependence on government and not be able to extract themselves from that pit.  “The biblical view provides for freedom and responsibility, the socialist view leads to serfdom, slavery to government, and dependence on the state.” (p. 223)