The typical, mainstream American consumer is not king or queen. He or she or they do not consciously decide what is made or not or who succeeds or not. Those consumers are rather hypnotized. They are controlled. They are not free to decide.
Those consumers are subjected to non-stop marketing that employs psychological tricks to socialize them beginning at birth, to program them, to herd them into working for those who herd them further to buy things they don't need, are harmful, and ruin them and their environment, all often unbeknownst to the children and adults brought up thusly.
The people are herded to buy into capitalism without thought. They are programmed to act and think, controlled by subconscious suggestions planted there and constantly reinforced (by the enemies of Jesus).
A marketplace where people are not free to collectivize under a voice that guides them in unison as to what is and is not of moral value is no free market.
Also, there is no such thing as a market system free of value judgments. That notion is impossible on its face. Any system advocated is advocated by those asserting its value in some way. Einstein's theory of relativity is a system. Buying and selling it (subscribing to it and promoting it) is not done without attributing value, without making a value judgment.
For the real Christian, all property is God's, all Christians (real Christians) are one with God, and hence everything belongs to Christians collectively and individually. This is not a statement made in a vacuum. There are moral responsibilities that automatically come with this. For instance, Christians are desirous of treating God's property with the utmost respect and care, as good stewards over God's gift to all and consistent with the Golden Rule. Christianity holds many such tenets that fully negate the psychology of the naysayers.
Also, so-called pure capitalism falls willfully short of Christianity. To be perfectly moral is to be anti-capitalism no matter how pure that capitalism attempts to picture itself. It is inherently self-centered where Christianity is inherently not.
That is why capitalism is degenerative. It has no higher calling. No matter how purely anyone imagines he or she is practicing capitalism, he or she is always going to be pulled by self-interest apart from God, which self-interest is a degenerate force.
Real Christianity on the other hand is the calling to join self to the self that is God. That is a call in the opposite direction of degeneration to wholesomeness.
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Contributions to political campaign funds, public statements of support or opposition (verbal or written) made by or on behalf of an organization, and the distribution of materials prepared by others that support or oppose any candidate for public office all violate the prohibition on political campaign intervention.
Factors in determining whether a communication results in political campaign intervention include the following:
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- Whether the statement is delivered close in time to the election
- Whether the statement makes reference to voting or an election
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Many religious organizations believe, as we do, that the above constitutes a violation of the First Amendment of the US Constitution.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
That said, we make the following absolutely clear here:
- The Real Liberal Christian Church and Christian Commons Project not only do not endorse any candidate for any secular office, we say that Christianity forbids voting in such elections.
- Furthermore, when we discuss any public-office holder's position, policy, action or inaction, we definitely are not encouraging anyone to vote for that office holder's position.
- We are not trying to influence secular elections but rather want people to come out from that entire fallen system.
- When we analyze or discuss what is termed "public policy," we do it entirely from a theological standpoint with an eye to educating professing Christians and those to whom we are openly always proselytizing to convert to authentic Christianity.
- It is impossible for us to fully evangelize and proselytize without directly discussing the pros and cons of public policy and the positions of secular-office holders, hence the unconstitutionality of the IRS code on the matter.
- We are not rich and wouldn't be looking for a fight regardless. What we cannot do is compromise our faith (which seeks to harm nobody, quite the contrary).
- We render unto Caesar what is Caesar's. We render unto God what is God's.
- When Caesar says to us that unless we shut up about the unrighteousness of Caesar's policies and practices, we will lose the ability of people who donate to us to declare their donations as deductions on their federal and state income-tax returns, we say to Caesar that we cannot shut up while exercising our religion in a very reasonable way.
- We consider the IRS code on this matter as deliberate economic duress (a form of coercion) and a direct attempt by the federal government to censor dissenting, free political and religious speech.
- It's not freedom of religion if they tax it.
And when they were come to Capernaum, they that received tribute money came to Peter, and said, Doth not your master pay tribute? He saith, Yes. And when he was come into the house, Jesus prevented him, saying, What thinkest thou, Simon? of whom do the kings of the earth take custom or tribute? of their own children, or of strangers? Peter saith unto him, Of strangers. Jesus saith unto him, Then are the children free. (Matthew 17:24-26)