Wallace Henley on the Dehumanizing Effects of the Green New Deal

NEW YORK, NY – JUNE 26: A banner for progressive challenger Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez hangs across chairs at her victory party in the Bronx after an upset against incumbent Democratic Representative Joseph Crowly on June 26, 2018 in New York City. Ocasio-Cortez upset Rep. Joseph Crowley in New York’s 14th Congressional District, which includes parts of the Bronx and Queens. (Photo by Scott Heins/Getty Images)

Socialism, including the versions now proclaimed by Bernie Sanders, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and their Democrat minions, is always dehumanizing. It inevitably leads to the loss of an essential component that distinguishes a person as made in the image of God: Vocation.

The word comes from “vocare”, Latin for “to call.” Calling and purpose constitute a unity. We have a calling because we have a God-given purpose for living, and we have purpose because we have calling.

The Bible says they are “irrevocable.” (Romans 11:29) A human can try to deny them, shake them off, or run from them, but God’s vocational call and the gifts to accomplish it are still there, pressing for activation and accomplishment.

Socialism, if it sees any over-arching purpose for anything, sees it only as belonging to the collective, ultimately, the state. The human being is a cog in the statist machinery.

The biblical worldview presents the purpose and value of each individual. The American founders, to the extent their political philosophy was influenced by the Bible, thus saw government as the servant of the people, not vice-versa.

Theologian and cultural scholar Gene Edward Veith says that “vocation is the way God works through human beings to govern His creation and to bestow His gifts…God gives us our daily bread by means of farmers, millers, and bakers. He protects us by means of the lawful authorities. He proclaims His Word and administers His sacraments by means of pastors.” Veith sees 1 Corinthians 7:17 as a “key text” for vocation: “Let each person lead the life the Lord has assigned to him or her, and to which God has called each.”

Every human work done in and for the glory of God, and in alignment with the principles of His Kingdom, is holy work. Every person has the calling of God, and every profession under Christ’s lordship is holy, enabling a man or woman to fulfill his or her purpose for existing in creation

That brings us to a nagging fact that popped up in original summaries of the Green New Deal, and its version of socialism. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her allies will eliminate the need for work altogether for those who want to opt out. The Green New Deal promises “massive transformation of our society” that, among other things, would give promised “economic security for all who are unable or unwilling to work.”

There were attempts to wiggle around that latter phrase, and probably it will disappear from later versions of the bill. But it does reveal an important goal of the extreme socialism driving the legislation—apparently making it possible for able-bodied people to choose not to work.

Ocasio-Cortez and her followers say their version of socialism is different from older socialist styles. History is not on their side on that claim. The young radicals who, in 1917, marched with Lenin ultimately gave us Stalin and the grim Soviet state. The youthful 1960s Red Guard, in the name of Maoist revolution, violently purged Chinese society and culture, but now the Chinese people face Xi Jinping, and his Party that seeks to eradicate all thought and expression not in line with that of the state and the Party that controls it.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Wallace Henley