Thursday, December 8, 2011


The bible of modern community activists--Saul Alinsky's Rules for Radicals--contains a surprising yet highly illustrative dedication, a paean to Satan. And as unorthodox as this move might seem, it is actually a Marxist trope to dedicate oneself to the Devil. In fact, many early socialists did this before Alinsky was born. And the depth of seriousness and feeling is not to be doubted. Satan is highly regarded by some socialists. For example, Time magazine reports one socialist exclaiming: "I thank Satan," exclaimed the Socialist delegate, "that I have lived to see the day when the great popular masses united. I beg Satan to give me six months more, so that I shall see the Front in operation."

A few highly influential early socialist writers shall suffice in understanding the stunning pro-Satan tissue from which socialism arose.

Mikhail Aleksandrovich Bakunin (1814-1876), founder of Russian Nihilism....described Marx's beloved Hegelian political theory as the "Algebra of Revolution." Bakunin hated religion, saying "Socialists recognize each other by the words, 'In the name of the one to whom a great wrong has been done'...." He was determined to change the world through radical politics.

From his book God and the State, we have the following anti-religious gems: "Jehovah, of all the gods adored by men, was certainly the most jealous, the most vain, the most ferocious, the most unjust, the most bloodthirsty, the most despotic, and the most hostile to human dignity and liberty.

"The Evil One is the satanic revolt against divine authority, revolt in which we see the fecund germ of all human emancipation, the revolution. Socialists recognize each other by the words 'In the name of the one to whom a great wrong has been done.' Satan [is] the eternal rebel, the first freethinker and the emancipator of worlds. He makes man ashamed of his bestial ignorance and obedience; he emancipates him, stamps upon his brow the seal of liberty and humanity, in urging him to disobey and eat of the fruit of knowledge."

Pierre Joseph Proudhon: Considered the "Father of Anarchism," Proudhon was a French thinker who lived from 1809-1865. Born to humble circumstances, Proudhon became a well-known French social theorist by the 1840s. Anarchy is technically the absence of law, but also the idealized final phase of Marxism. Proudhon taught "anarchy is order" and borrowed J.J. Rousseau's belief that man in his natural state is good, but institutions are bad.

And like many post-French Revolutionary Parisians, Proudhon was of a decidedly anti-clerical bent. He vigorously opposed the Church, and even went so far as to write panegyrics to Satan. The following quotes are from his writings...."And for my part I say: The first duty of man, on becoming intelligent and free, is to continually hunt the idea of God out of his mind and conscience. For God, if he exists, is essentially hostile to our nature, and we do not depend at all upon his authority. We arrive at knowledge in spite of him, at comfort in spite of him, at society in spite of him; every step we take in advance is a victory in which we crush Divinity. I shall purify myself, idealize my being, and become the chief of creation, the equal of God. By what right should God still say to me: Be holy, for I am holy? Lying spirit, I will answer him, imbecile God, your reign is over; look to the beasts for other victims. For God is stupidity and cowardice; God is hypocrisy and falsehood; God is tyranny and misery; God is evil."

Proudhon was not content to simply anathematize God, but also heaped up praise for Satan: "Come, Satan, come, thou the calumniated of priests and of kings! Let me embrace thee, let me press thee to my bosom! Long is it that I have known thee, and long hast thou known me! Thy works, O blessed one of my heart! not always are they beautiful and good; but they alone give a meaning to the universe, and save it from absurdity. What would man be without thee? A beast."

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Discouragement and Timing

Discouragement often hits when you are physically and emotionally exhausted. Elijah went through this experience, you'll recall (1 Kings 18-19). He even prayed that he might die! God's answer was to rest him, feed him, and reveal Himself in the "still small voice" that gave renewed courage and vision. Rest, nourishment, and a new meeting with God will take care of 90 percent of all your discouragements!

Postponed answers to prayer are also hard to take. The implied criticism in Martha's greeting to Jesus, as recorded in John 11, was "Lord, You didn't answer soon enough. You didn't get here in time to keep Lazarus from dying!" But in the case of Lazarus, our Lord wasn't thinking of healing. He had something far greater in mind: presiding at a resurrection! God's delays are always the precursors of greater things! Once you've learned this lesson, the discouragement of delay will have been mastered forever.

The psalmist had to learn the difference between "they" and "Thou." When attention is focused on what others are doing, it is possible to become quite discouraged, even bitter. But when attention is centered on God, His Word, and His will, discouragement flees and faith begins to soar.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011



A few months ago I shared with you that I have two friends who went to China on long term missions trips. One is a young man who decided to go to China to teach English who recently sent me a note and asked for prayer. Another friend is a young woman who went to China to also teach English, but she did it with a missions group and has also recently shared with me that her experience with the underground church in China was amazing. She told me the church was thriving.

Today, as I read more about the persecution happening to Pastor Shi Enhao and his church, I am again reminded how important our prayers are. Pastor Shi Enhao was sentenced to two years of re-education-through-labor for illegally establishing a church. Please keep him in your prayers.

Please also pray for his church as they constantly endure the persecution of the communist government in China that has no intent on letting Christians worship freely.