Communists/socialists are not necessarily stupid. Agility of mind is a cross-ideology gift, coming down from Him Who causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good and sends rain on the just and the unjust. But cleverness and a ready ability to access mental catalogs of information cannot substitute for the wisdom which begins with the fear of the LORD.
So let us not assume unwisely that the comrades (at least not all of them) are ignorant of how their ideology has wrecked nations and brutally ended millions of lives over the last century or so. They might even be able to follow logically, for example, the socioeconomic plunge of Venezuela down from freedom and prosperity to chaos and indigence in a matter of decades. So why do they persist in following the pied piper of Marxism?
The God centered wisdom commended by the Bible includes the understanding that humans are God’s created beings, and recognizes the present universal corruption of human nature. (Thank God for the redemption freely offered to all through Christ!) This fallen state in which we all share, so evident in every arena of the human experience, they willfully ignore. And that is par for their course.
For example, they have been taught since childhood that the Earth is very, very old and therefore interpret geological phenomena accordingly. “Look at those rock layers on every continent. Yes, I believe. Uniformitarianism explains it all, Charles Lyell be praised! That sedimentary stratification is the result of water acting on the Earth’s surface over millions of years.”
Point out fossilized tree trunks which vertically intersect with multiple rock layers…suggest to them that the Earth doesn’t look old, but looks like it went through a catastrophic global flood several thousand years ago during which the layers were put down rapidly…propose that the existing Colorado river is not the slow poke carver of the Grand Canyon but only the residual trickle of an unimaginably powerful torrent which sculpted that magnificent marvel in short order, and you will be dismissed as a Neanderthal – who were simply a human ethnic group, not the semi-human cave dwellers of myth.
(By the way, whatever happened to that fine old English word once used as an epithet for the haplessly outdated, namely ANTEDILUVIAN? You know, as in Donovan’s Atlantis song: “The antediluvian kings colonized the world.” Perhaps it was one of the first victims of Newspeak. But back to topic.)
So our once red now green friends scratch their secularly indoctrinated heads pondering what went wrong with all previous attempts at engineering a classless utopia. As they ignore the violent, selfish, and greedy perversity of human nature which is so evident from the deluge of evils with which it covers the Earth, their inward thought is, “This time WE will get it right. We’ll fix the planet and establish a new, man made Eden for those who inhabit it!”
This hubris…this ugly toadstool of arrogance grows on the compost pile of a-Theism (intentionally so spelled). A-Theism is deliberate and formal in the case of the hard core communist. This is his profoundly devout religious creed: “there is no God!” The garden variety socialist might not be as doctrinaire, still he adheres to a practical form of a-Theism. He asserts that if there is a deity, it is detached from humanity’s concerns and irrelevant to the utopia seeking agenda. And he reckons that people who talk about the present kingdom of the living, loving, righteous and holy God will be at best tolerated nuisances in the society he envisions.
Being envisioned is as far as the Communist/socialist utopia will ever get. Can you say doomed to fail…again?
“Why do the nations rage, and the people plot a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD and against His Anointed, saying, ‘Let us break Their bonds in pieces and cast away Their cords from us.’ He who sits in the heavens shall laugh; the Lord shall hold them in derision.” (Psalm 2:1-4)