It’s been a couple of months since we wrote about Jason Lisle — the creationist astrophysicist. You know who he is. After previously working for the Institute for Creation Research, and then ol’ Hambo’s Answers in Genesis, he’s now running his own show — the Biblical Science Institute.
He just posted Creation and Politics, which ought to be timely, considering that there’s a US Presidential election next month. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
What does our view of origins have to do with politics? Everything! [What?] A person’s view on origins will guide his or her thinking on how society should function. Our understanding of our beginnings will inform our view of politics because it will determine our understanding of the nature of man, the nature of the universe, the existence of God, our moral responsibility, economics, and the purpose and scope of government in society.
Is he saying what we think he’s saying? That Genesis is his guide to politics? That seems to be it. He says:
In the United States, political positions are often described in terms of the left and the right. Those who are on the left are often called liberals and tend to side with the Democrat Party on various issues, whereas those on the right are often called conservatives and tend to side with the Republican Party. The left and the right represent two sides of a spectrum. As such, there are those on the extreme ends while others are more moderate or closer to center. On some issues, the left and right are opposed. On other issues, the left and the right have the same goal, but disagree on how that goal should be achieved.
No problem with that, but we don’t see any creationism yet. Be patient, dear reader — it’s coming. Jason tells us:
We will find that the positions and methods advocated by the political left are consistent with the religion of secular humanism based on a neo-Darwinian evolutionary view of origins. [Huh?] Conversely, the positions and methods advocated by the political right are more aligned with the Christian worldview based on biblical creation. Let’s examine some of these issues.
That just might be the most fouled-up analysis of American politics we’ve ever seen. Ah well, we’re here for entertainment. Jason continues by discussing abortion and then gender issues, but we’ll skip that. Next he turns to economic issues. You know your Curmudgeon favors the free enterprise system, which emerged from Enlightenment thinkers like Adam Smith. Wait ’til you see how Jason deals with it. He says:
The two most opposing views on economics are socialism on the one hand, and free enterprise (capitalism) on the other. Socialism seeks to promote equality of conditions whereas free enterprise promotes equality of opportunity. [Not bad so far!] Many people have a view that falls somewhere in between these two extremes. However, those on the political right are far more aligned with free enterprise than those on the left. Indeed, some on the political left are full-blown socialists. It is obvious that some people have far more wealth than others. Why does such inequality exist, and what is to be done about it?
Let’s read on:
Those on the political left view wealth inequality as a problem to be solved. They attempt to enact “fundamental reforms to address structural and systemic racism and entrenched income and wealth inequality in our economy and our banking system”. The socialistic economic view can be summarized as follows: “From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs.” Hence, under socialism, your income is completely irrelevant to how hard/long/smart you work. Instead, your income is based entirely upon your needs. So, a family of four gets paid more than a family of three, because the need is greater, regardless of how hard or long they work.
Conversely, under free enterprise, people are allowed to work as hard and efficiently as they desire, and are allowed to keep the money they earn from that work. Consequently, their income is based on their labor, regardless of their needs. Under free enterprise, if you want to work just enough to feed yourself, you can do that. And if you want to earn far more income than you really need, you can do that too by working harder and smarter. On the other hand, if you refuse to work then you don’t get an income.
We know — you’re wondering where creationism fits in. Here it comes:
Free enterprise is consistent with the Christian worldview; what you reap is not based on what you need, but is based on what you sow (Galatians 6:7; 2 Corinthians 9:6). This position follows logically from biblical creation in which God created people to work (Genesis 2:15, 1:28) and a worker is worthy of his wages (Luke 10:7; 1 Timothy 5:18). God’s creatures should be allowed to enjoy the fruit of their labor (Deuteronomy 25:4; Leviticus 19:13; 1 Timothy 5:18). Therefore, God forbids theft (Exodus 20:15). God’s law protects personal property and possessions (Deuteronomy 19:14, 27:17; Leviticus 19:11). Consequently, the Bible identifies socialism as wicked (Proverbs 1:10-14).
No creationist discussion of economics would be complete with out Adam & Eve, so here ya go:
Another important consideration in biblical economics is the Fall of man. When Adam rebelled against God, one of the punishments God placed on mankind was that work would now be difficult and unpleasant at times, and there would be obstacles to success (Genesis 3:17-19). Hence, our sin nature tends toward laziness and aversion to the unpleasantness of work. So, God also gave us incentives to work, not the least of which is hunger. We require food to live, and we must work to acquire food. Biblically, those who are unwilling to work should not eat (2 Thessalonians 3:10).
Here’s the other school of thought:
Conversely, socialism is opposed to these biblical principles; it denies private property and instead seeks to equalize wealth. But since wealth is a natural outcome of labor and not of need, socialism does not occur naturally. It must be imposed by the state. Generally, the way leftists attempt to equalize income in an otherwise free market economy is through disproportionate taxation. In other words, those with greater income are taxed proportionally far more than those with lesser income, thereby reducing the wealth difference. Hence, the left applies a double standard in taxation (one percentage for lower income, a different and higher percentage for higher income). This is in violation of biblical principles; God repudiates a double standard (Proverbs 20:10, 23, 16:11; Deuteronomy 25:13; James 2:1-4). Those on the political left seek to increase this double standard, whereas those on the political right generally want to reduce it or eliminate it.
Jason goes on for a few more pages, but we’ve already excerpted enough. Take a good look at it, and then let us know what you think.
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