American Minute with Bill Federer
Rasputin “The Holy Devil”-Bolshevik Revolution & Socialist Russia
JOHN STONESTREET WITH MARIA BAER
Earlier this month, when celebrity chef Thomas Keller was interviewed by NPR about his new cookbook, his interviewer wasn’t all that interested in the recipes. Instead, he wanted to talk about the $850-per-plate price tag at Keller’s recently reopened San Francisco restaurant.
With so many people struggling financially due to the pandemic, asked the reporter, is it really “fair” to charge that much per plate? Or is it, to use his words, “tone deaf.”
That an interview, which was likely intended to be a puff piece, turned into a social justice diatribe is further proof that worldview affects everything.
To be clear, I cannot imagine ever spending $850 for a meal, but the reporter’s problem had nothing to do with prudence or financial stewardship. The problem with the price tag, according to the reporter, is not that some people would not have access to food, but that everyone would not have equal access to Thomas Keller’s food. In other words, his was a problem with the free market. And, of course, having a problem with the free market is all the rage these days…
As socialism takes over the Democratic Party, opponents of this failed philosophy are quick to point out how it’s ruined economies, look at Venezuela they would say, or the lack of food in North Korea, the bread lines in Cuba. And it’s all true. But they neglect to point out the worst part, socialism has killed almost 100 million people in the last century…
American Pastors Network Discusses Capitalism vs. Socialism, as These Economic Issues Become Election Issues
Many on both sides of the political coin have reservations about the talk of socialism creeping into the 2020 presidential election conversations.
As the topic of socialism has become more prevalent in America, the American Pastors Network (APN) has explored the hot-button issue on its popular daily radio program, “Stand in the Gap Today,” which airs on over 400 radio stations nationwide; many carry the show live from noon to 1 p.m. ET.
APN President Sam Rohrer says if he made the bold statement, “God is a Capitalist,” how would many react? Agree or disagree? Be indifferent? Have to consider the question further?
“Or how about these questions: ‘Does the Bible teach the tenets of capitalism?’ ‘Does God hate communism and its younger sister socialism?’” Rohrer added. “These issues are confronting the American people and our entire perspective of freedom—Capitalism vs. Socialism—Moral vs. Evil. Many discuss these questions politically, economically and emotionally. But we should be looking at it biblically—from the pages of Scripture—as well.”
Replace the word ‘king’ with ‘civil magistrate’ and this chapter is a masterly delineation of how Socialism (and many political ideas close thereto, rampant in the modern political scene) is contrary to natural law and the Word of God. More importantly, read to learn what the various positive relations are by Creation between individuals, property, the State, the family, Scripture, etc.
Rutherford’s original context was arguing against the divine-right of kings, which held that kings implicitly owned all of their subjects and all of their property. Rutherford demonstrates otherwise and sets forth the grounds of natural and Biblical political theory.