Capitalism: A real love story and how it got me blocked on Facebook
I have had a friend on Facebook, who I’ll call Lefty Lucy, who blocked me today for my ‘controversial’ views. One quick note is that we’ve gone to the same church before, so we believe in the same Jesus, which is awesome. Now the back story is that Lefty Lucy went to see the latest Moore fabrication and loved it. Well, I felt the need to share with Lucy how the mortgage crisis really started, regarding govt intervention and social engineering, and I put out the premise that the hard Left is trying to overwhelm our economy by creating more dependency on the govt than we can afford (yes, I know Republicans spent too much too, but I was trying to make a point). I also pointed out that capitalism is the best chance for a man to better his circumstances and that is what the hard Left is attacking. Well I woke up this morning and it had all been deleted. Ok. Then I checked my inbox:
I just thought I should let you know that I am praying for you to lose everything you have by forces which you cannot control. This is for the sake of your soul’s conversion to Christ. Fair warning.
Blessings of the poor,
Well that was news to me, because I do know Jesus and love Him very much. But I do defend capitalism, and apparently that’s where we separate. So I wrote back:
I certainly appreciate the sentiment Lucy. And correct me if I am wrong, but are you suggesting that I am not a christian because I think capitalism is the best chance for a man to better his circumstances?
You are wrong. It is because you are willing to judge, condemn, slander, and ignore the reality of the suffering of other people, the poor, in order to protect and maintain that belief. Which means that you have lost your sense of God in the worship of a golden calf, quite literally, the idol of capitalism. You cannot let other people suffer and die at the hands of a system, ignore their voices but rather twist their stories to blame them for their circumstances under some bullshit concept of “personal responsibility” simply because you want to believe it is the right one, or more accurately, because it has worked out well for you so far, and claim to know the living God. This is exactly like the Pharisees, like Saul. There is a lot in the Bible where Jesus is speaking directly to people with ignorant, self-righteous, and destructive attitudes such as yours. The bulk of his teaching is devoted to it actually. It’s really hard to miss. You should read the Gospels. He doesn’t go light on them, friend. “It is harder for a rich man to enter in the Kingdom of Heaven than it is for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle.” Hard to spin that one in your favor, I’m afraid. The point is not to get rich, and getting rich will not make a man happy. Getting rich does not effectively “better” anyone’s circumstances. Therefore, because one percent of the population gets rich, and the rest of us are working our asses off at two or three jobs and can barely pay our rent/mortgage or feed ourselves…um, no, that’s not a better life. The majority of the population can’t meet the basic needs in order to even begin thinking about life, liberty, or the pursuit of happiness. Capitalism is an individualist system, breaking apart communities so the masses, separated from one another, can be stomped on. WAKE UP. Capitalism isn’t working in the real world. Forget about your test tube theories of “it would work if only…” and look around and outside of yourself for God’s sake. Or maybe you can’t. I have tried to talk to you about this before and you have shown that you have no intention of giving up your idols for the sake of Christ. I have dealt with many different kinds of addicts, and this is one of the worst addictions I think I have ever seen. How lost can one soul be? I am just giving you over to His care. And so yes I hope to God you lose everything that you have, so that you will see from the eyes of the least of these. It is the only thing that will save you from yourself I think, give you the freedom from having to look for evil and blame in other human beings, and instead allow you to see the face of God. This I pray for you.
Well I was going to respond, but before I could even put together a reasonable reply I was blocked on Facebook by this friend. To be honest, I wasn’t even sure where to start before I found out I couldn’t. So instead of responding to what appears to be a grave misunderstanding of capitalism, I decided to post this for your entertainment. Feel free to comment on how you would reply to this. I think it would be quite interesting to see where you would start.