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Oink! (Part One)

Posted Wednesday, April 14, 2010, at 11:05 PM

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I remember reading George Orwell's two great novels when I was a teenager, "1984" and "Animal Farm", and being profoundly impacted by the message carried in each. Growing up in the American culture of my day I was grateful to believe that these two scenarios painted by the words and ideas of Orwell would never become a reality in the country which I loved....how na*ve.

More than ever the warnings that Orwell espoused in his writing need to be embraced. While Orwell was a socialist at heart he saw how the socialist system failed because it was led by flawed men who once they overthrew the power they hated they themselves became corrupted by the power they now held.

As the progressives of our day (as the new/old corrupted socialist order is called) have influenced almost every facet of the American life we must awaken to the reality of what is happening to our culture. We are becoming a socialist nation heavily influenced by the teachings of Marxism (the foundation of communism) in our higher education and even at the highest levels of our political systems.

The government is in control of almost every area of life. We are on the verge of losing whatever vestiges of democracy are left and the individual freedoms that this nation was founded upon. We are becoming like the sheep in "Animal Farm" indoctrinated and believing whatever we are told. We march unthinking to the beat of the propagandist who litter our airways, fill the blogs and often control the newspapers. It is time that we awaken from our narcissistic slumber and realize that we are in grave danger as a nation; politically, socially, morally and spiritually.

We have been taught by and large that we are to explicitly trust the institutions that govern our lives. If we question, doubt, or raise a skeptical lamp to investigate what we are told then that we somehow have a lack of faith, we are un-American, or we are subversive to the norms of society. One of the most dangerous things we can do is to suspend reason and toe-the-line to what is being taught.

When it comes to our belief in God no where are we told that faith is the denial of reason. Jesus Himself questioned the reasoning and application of the Scriptures by the religious elites of His time. He regularly said, "Have you not read" or "Have you not heard" to those who propagated their form of religion which was designed to control the masses instead of promoting a true obedience to God Himself as communicated through God's own words.

The Apostle Paul congratulated the Bereans in Acts 17:11 NIV for not taking his teachings at face value. He said, "Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true." William Whitaker, a theologian from the early 1800 said, "If the doctrine of the apostle was examined by scripture, then the doctrine of the church should also be examined by scripture. " In other words, the people in the pew should not take everything that leaders say at face value but examine it against the Scriptures.

The Apostle Paul understood that some would even doubt the Scriptures as being a basis for belief. He used the argument of nature (or general revelation) to persuade for belief in God. That argument states that God uses the laws and nature of this physical universe to create or influence events to display His existence and power. Paul wrote in Romans 1:20 NIV, "For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities--His eternal power and divine nature--have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse." Simply, when you view nature you must ultimately believe that there is a God because what is seen could not happen by random chance. The teaching of evolution is not primarily an argument about the origin of things but a treatise against a Creator.

My point is not to give a lesson in theology but to decry that we are not to suspend reason when it comes to our faith and blindly follow whatever a church or spiritual leader may say. God has given us individually the ability to think, reason and to believe. We can read the Bible and understand what it says or we can look to creation and see the hand of the Creator.

Today we have many in the "church world" who are like the Pharisees in Jesus day and are taking the Scriptures and making them say what they want them to say. This is especially true when it come to the fallacy of "social gospel" which is becoming a tool of those who want to socially reengineer our nation. The power of the church and its ability to influence can become a tool of evil as well as a tool for great good.

Many, if not most of us, who call ourselves Christians have been deceived by the term "social justice." This is because as Christians we rightly love the ideal of justice and hate the ideal of injustice. But the "social justice" that is being branded today is not necessarily true biblical justice.

Dr. Mark Hendricks fro the Center of Vision and Values said it well when he wrote:

"The standard of biblical justice is equal treatment by law: "'Do not pervert justice; do not show partiality to the poor or favoritism to the great, but judge your neighbor fairly" (Leviticus 19:15). Justice not only means that nobody is to be picked on because he is poor or favored because he is rich, but that (contrary to the doctrine of "social justice") nobody is to be picked on because he is rich or favored because he is poor. Everyone's rights deserve the same protection. Thus, nobody should be taxed at a higher rate than his neighbors, nor should anyone receive special government handouts.

The modern left's "social justice" strives for economic equality. It endeavors to reduce, if not erase, the gap between rich and poor by redistributing wealth. This is "justice" more akin to Marx and Lenin (or like Animal Farm (my words), not according to Moses and Jesus. It is a counterfeit of real justice, biblical justice."

Further in the column he went on to write:

"The Lord's mission was to redeem us from sin, not to redistribute our property or impose an economic equality on us. In fact, the Almighty explicitly declined to undermine property rights or preach economic equality when he told the man who wanted Jesus to tell his brother to share an inheritance with him, "Man, who made me a judge or divider over you?" (Luke 12:14).

All that having been said, there is much injustice in our world, much needed reform that all Christians can unite in accomplishing. Around the world, many people are poor and will never realize their God-given potential due to lack of freedom and opportunity. Let us never be on the side of those who reject man's God-given rights and biblical justice, and who oppress and impoverish in the name of a spurious economic equality....The Bible doesn't condemn economic inequality. You can't read Proverbs without seeing that some people are poor due to their own vices. There is nothing unjust about people reaping what they sow, whether wealth or poverty." (http://www.visandvals.org/The_Social_Justice_Fallacy.php)

One of this nation's founding documents, The Declaration Of Independence, says, "We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." It does not guarantee success, wealth, opportunities or "our fair share". It says that as free people we all have the same equal right to pursue those things that will bring us happiness as those differ greatly from person to person.

Religion in "Animal Farm" is used by the "intellectualy superior" pigs (who had taken leadership after the rebellion...so much for equality), as Karl Marx famously said, as an "opiate of the masses." The animals are distracted from their horrible living situation and life of labor with false visions of "Sugarcandy Mountain," a supposed heaven. The power of religion was corruppted by those with corrupt power. The government tolerates religion precisely because of its ability to placate and to distract the lower-class animals. Yet religion is also the only thing that makes the animals' lives seem worth living as their situation becomes increasingly miserable.

The church world today must be very careful that we are not used by those with an ulterior motive to promote a socialistic doctrine while abandoning our true mission to redeem a sinful and broken world.

(Note: this is the end of part one. Part two will attempt to reveal how the Animal Farm allegory is becoming a modern day reality in our social and political landscape)


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I'm not sure that the most brutally Socialistic governments of the past and present - Stalin's Soviet Union and the current gov't of North Korea - still allow the practice of religion at all, do they? I'm also not sure about the status of religion in China.

Very thought-provoking piece, Rev. Warren. You'll get some action on this as soon as the crowd wakes up.

These two novels continue to speak to us over the ages, don't they? Every time I read them, I see something new.

-- Posted by goat lady on Thu, Apr 15, 2010, at 6:19 AM

I need to read them again and have my kids and Wife read them also. Good Blog Phil. I'm looking forward to part II

-- Posted by mythought on Thu, Apr 15, 2010, at 8:16 AM

Excellent--in virtually every sense of the word. It was a pleasure to read.

-- Posted by geezerette on Thu, Apr 15, 2010, at 12:43 PM

I dont want big government to run my life but I do work with people that do believe in such things.They see nothing wrong with the current admistrations agenda.Most people know excatly whats going on some like it some dont seem to care either way.What we are going through now has been along time coming.Sometimes it seems as though this came about overnight but it hasnt.Anyway im rambling again. Great blog as usual Phil!!.......Your friend from Kansas City

-- Posted by XDEXTERRESI on Thu, Apr 15, 2010, at 10:31 PM

All of us need to write and call our public service in government and let them know------

"Hey You Are Working For Us And Here Is What We Want Done." It has to be done on a continual basis. We are supposed to be self governed.

Government of the People, by the People, and for the People.

-- Posted by mythought on Fri, Apr 16, 2010, at 10:39 AM

So Jesus would be capitalist?

-- Posted by Actually on Sun, Apr 18, 2010, at 11:48 AM

Also, Goat Lady, that question will be the only action you'll get out of me on this with the exception of this post (sort of like the last post I commented on). I understand you can't change the minds of those who don't want to educate themselves and actually understand anything other than hate-speak and fear-mongering, masked as religion, freedom, and "capitalism." For those of you who feel the "conservatism" is what we need, I ask you why you as voters let our country get to the position it is in over the last 50 or more years. Articles like these are nothing more than the Ronald Reagan LPs produced in the 60s warning against the spread of "socialized medicine." Basically conservatives relate and always have related "communism" to "socialism," and furthermore, that either one of the above equal no religion/no Christianity. I'll just ask the Reverend this. What happend in oh around Acts 2 or so of the Bible? Sort of sounds to me like the early Christians were some kind of socialist heathens. Also, as far as the Reagan LPs of the 60s go, he quotes a socialist as saying, "under the name of liberalism the American people would adopt every fragment of the socialist program." Unfortunately Ronnie was again just being a PAID actor, and such a quote has never been documented to exist. Also, Reagan was preaching against the expansion of government, but he did more to expand the powers of government than possibly any president in history. Nice try though. I'm sure Sarah Palin would love all of your "patriotic" support in her opposing Obama's "socialist/anti-Christian" crusade to reduce the number of nuclear weapons in the world...reduce the number to the exact amount Reagan said he wanted them reduced to. I know, sour grapes, right? At least she's making her money before the whole deal goes up in flames. She's not dumb. She's brilliant. She knows she can make more money opposing everything Obama does (that's what you people want), and speaking in one-liners (that's what you people want...don't give us facts, give us cute one-liners...just like the Gipper!). To hell with that measly governor's salary. I'm going to get rich! Pay less taxes too! (Eisenhower's administration had a tax rate of 90%, FYI. The same administration of Bogart and company. Nixon's administration had a tax rate somewhere in the 70% range. Just some facts to think about....I know, the truth hurts...). I have to admit, I was actually disappointed to see this article. How can Christians preach the free-market system? People are starving, being kicked out of their homes, and so on. Why? Because of the profit-motive. Why? Because we decided that the constitution, God, and the Bible all supported capitalism. If anyone can show me where capitalism, free market economics, or the profit motive are scriptural or constitutional, I'd love to be enlightened. If not, please stop spreading fear and hatred under the guise of patriotism and Christianity. What are the odds that a rich man will inherit the kingdom of heaven, according to Jesus? Just because some of us in America still want to make the rich pay their share to make our society better and to help those who are down-trodden, doesn't mean we are going to take away anyone's religion. America is the country of freedom of religion, not freedom of Christianity, and obviously Christianity isn't going anywhere anytime soon.

-- Posted by Actually on Sun, Apr 18, 2010, at 12:09 PM

WOW a socialist is ACTUALLY right here amongst us in the statesman.Brainwashed to the politcal agenda of pigs in Washington.Also, I didnt see any mention of Bush or 911 or of the Muslims.Come on Actually get it all out of your system dont hold back.....

-- Posted by XDEXTERRESI on Sun, Apr 18, 2010, at 1:17 PM

Define Down-trodden.

-- Posted by mythought on Mon, Apr 19, 2010, at 8:13 AM

Actually, "Actually," as an old English teacher, I admit to being more interested in Rev. Warren's references to one of my favorite novels than I am in his (or anyone else's) political views.

I think that Eric Blair's (George Orwell's real name) scathing indictment of the political system in Animal Farm had more to do with how Communism had corrupted the original intent of the animals' socialist programs. It seemed clear that if the original idea been followed, the animals would have been better off -- but the pigs initiated a rule of terror which left the farm animals no better off than they were under Farmer Jones' rule. This was obviously a deliberate parody of Stalin's Soviet system, under which that sadistic dictator was responsible for at least 20,000 deaths.

Orwell made his gloomy predictions even more clear in the novel 1984, when Winston Smith read "The Book." According to his analysis, there are three groups of society - the High, the Middle, and the Low. He says that throughout history, the Middle has enlisted the help of the Low to overthrow the High. At that point, the Middle becomes the High, and the Low always stay where they are. Orwell seemed to feel that no revolution ever achieved its objective.

Pretty gloomy stuff, any way you look at it.

-- Posted by goat lady on Mon, Apr 19, 2010, at 8:21 AM

It has become increasingly apparent to me that society is losing our human component...by that I mean, face to face interaction. With the exponential advances in technology, we more and more tend to business over the computer..banking, shopping, entertainment, communicate with each other, etc. Even when we actually pick up a phone to conduct business, how many times do we actually talk to a human? I don't know about the rest of you, but this is very disturbing to me. I think "1984" reflected this very well. Blair/Orwell was definitely a man with a clear vision of the future. I have seen the enemy and he is us...Can't recall who said that originally, but, but it fits this topic...

-- Posted by BarbaraNTexas on Mon, Apr 19, 2010, at 12:11 PM

I read and still have "1984". Bro. Warren, you're right on!

Goat Lady, I also like your comments.

Actually, Jesus could not be called either a capitalist or a socialist. He expected His followers to help those in need but He never expected the government to the job. It is the job of charitable organizations, churches, and individual Christians to help the poor and homeless. But He could also not be called a capitalist in the modern usage of the term. He was the son of a carpenter and had followers from various professions: fishermen, a tax collector, a medical doctor, a few teachers, etc.

-- Posted by swift on Wed, Apr 21, 2010, at 4:11 PM

Actually, I need to also respond to one of your other posts! You will find that the rich already pay a hefty percentage of taxes. You'll also notice that a great many are philanthropists. Most of our charitable organizations are funded by rich folks. In all reality, all the liberal government programs put into action from FDR's New Deal to our current Obamanomics have NOT eliminated poverty! It is NOT the government's job to "create jobs" or take the property of those who worked for what they got and give it to others in the form of income or property tax, commonly called redistribution of the wealth, a Marxist idea.

-- Posted by swift on Wed, Apr 21, 2010, at 4:18 PM

GL, your numbers are low. Stalin was responsible for the murder of 61,911,000 innocent people, according to Professor R.J. Rummel's book, "Death by Government." See the detailed information on Professor Rummel's website, http://www.hawaii.edu/powerkills/NOTE1.H...

Also GL, the observations in "1984" about the exercise of power by government is not specific to any form of government -- it is applicable to all. That is one of my points in a comment I made to one of Madeline DeJournett's recent posts. By today's standards Abraham Lincoln was a mass murderer and a war criminal for waging war against the South's civilian population. Lincoln would make Stalin proud because they were cut from the same cloth.

O'Brien's long speech about the nature of power to Winston Smith before sending him to Room 101 for his "final treatment" is certainly one of the most important political commentaries ever written.

-- Posted by FJGuy on Thu, Apr 22, 2010, at 1:01 PM

And before anyone second guesses, FJ, check this out:

April 9, 1865

This is the date when General Robert E. Lee surrendered the Army of Northern

Virginia to U.S. Grant at Appomattox Court House, Virginia. Regardless of

where one comes down on the subject of the Civil War, one fact is

undeniable: Abraham Lincoln forever destroyed the Jeffersonian model of

federalism in America. Ever since, virtually every battle that free men have

fought for the principles of limited government, State sovereignty, etc.,

have all stemmed directly from Lincoln's usurpation of power, which resulted

in the subjugation and forced union of what used to be "Free and Independent

States" (the Declaration of Independence). In fact, the philosophical

battles being waged today regarding the recent health care debacle (and

every other encroachment upon liberty and State power by the central

government) have their roots in Lincoln's tyranny.

July 9, 1868

This is the date when the 14th Amendment was ratified. This amendment

codified into law what Lincoln had forced at bayonet point. Until then,

people were only deemed citizens of their respective states. The

Constitution nowhere referred to people as "US citizens." It only recognized

"the Citizens of each State." Notice also that citizenship was only

recognized among the "several States," not among people living in non-State

territories. Until the 14th Amendment, people were "Citizens of each State."

(Article. IV. Section. 2. Paragraph. 1.) The 14th Amendment created a whole

new class of persons: "citizens of the United States." This false notion of

"one nation" overturned the Jeffersonian principle that our nation was a

confederated republic, a voluntary union of states.

From http://chuckbaldwinlive.com/home/?p=999

-- Posted by swift on Thu, Apr 22, 2010, at 4:03 PM

Thought provoking blog. Here are a few thoughts that this stirred in me:

(1) Take it or leave it (I am not a Biblical scholar in any sense) but: It is easier for a camel to make it through the eye of a needle then for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of Heaven.

(2) While I am not going to sign on to a lot of the new programs coming out of Washington, I do not see a conflict between our founding documents and some social programs (although I do question if many are a good use of limited funds). For example: I wonder how one can pursue happiness in the world today when they are hungry at school. Education is key to achieving a better life then one was born into; but for hungry children it is impossible to learn... Their happiness is very limited.

(3) The bottom line: "Love one another..." seems to me to be a call to action. This new commandment must be lived in all aspects of my life, including my live in society and my civic life.

(4) Also I am not certain I can accept the sheep in animal farm argument. I cite as evidence Fox News and MSNBC. They are on both right and left and center. Not to mention Drudge and Huffington post. There is more news and people questioning policy makers then ever before. 1st Amendment is working fine.

I share some of the underlying sentiment of the posting. I too am concerned that gov't is out of control, buying votes for itself with money borrowed from China to be repaid by our children; but I am not willing to put the blame on social justice teaching... Social justice also requires us to think about the next generation (of taxpayers).

And the failure to think about (and vote for) the next generation may be what makes the Babyboomers the lousiest generation.

-- Posted by Woods on Sun, Apr 25, 2010, at 7:42 AM

I can see some programs if they are used for a hand up and not a hand out.

-- Posted by mythought on Mon, Apr 26, 2010, at 11:38 AM

Wow Phil!!! Very thought provoking blog!! Nice

-- Posted by XDEXTERRESI on Mon, Apr 26, 2010, at 8:09 PM

Still waitig for part 2 !!!!!!!!!!!

-- Posted by XDEXTERRESI on Sun, Oct 17, 2010, at 10:34 PM


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Phil Warren is a local pastor and has lived in the Dexter community for the last 12 years. He has six children and four grandchildren and his wife Cindy is a local teacher. He enjoys photography, reading, writing and golf. He also loves coaching in the local park leagues. Phil spent his early years growing up in the hills near Wappapello Lake. He moved to Granite City, IL. during his grade school years. Phil worked 13 years at McDonnell Douglas Aircraft in St. Louis and has pastored since 1986. He also served in the U.S. Army as a military policeman and was stationed at Ft. Campbell KY. and Seoul, Korea. He attended college at SIUE and Oakland City College.
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