"Are you a Marxist?"
"For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world." 1 John 2:16
When a parent tells you that they are home schooling their children and you respond with "What about your children's social life?" you are a Marxist. Marx wrote: "It is not individualism [the child being personally held accountable (to the parent) for their thoughts and actions, as man is held personally accountable (before God) for his thoughts and actions] that fulfills the individual, on the contrary it destroys him. Society ["the group," "the community," "social action," "human relation"] is the necessary framework through which freedom [from the parent's/God's authority] and individuality [to be yourself according your carnal desires] are made realities." (Karl Marx in John Lewis, The Life and Teachings of Karl Marx) Karl Marx wrote: "Once the earthly family [where the children are obedient to their father] is discovered to be the secret of the holy family [where the Son and those who follow Him are obedient to His Heavenly Father], the former [the traditional family system] must itself be annihilated [vernichtet] theoretically [in the "thoughts" and "actions" of the children—which are subject to their "feelings" of the 'moment'] and practically [according to the laws of nature, i.e. to the laws of society, i.e. to the laws of the flesh (sin), which, through the use of the consensus process are subject to the ever 'changing' situations ("lusts") of this life]." (Karl Marx, Theses On Feuerbach #4)
Home schooling parents know what it is like when they tell relatives and neighbors that they are home schooling their children. Instead of hearing. "Oh! Are you training your children up in the admonition of the Lord, teaching them that they will some day stand before God and personally be held account for their thoughts and their actions?" they hear instead (even from "Christians") "What about their social life?" If you gave the former response you would be in agreement with the word of God. "[E]every one of us shall give account of himself to God." (Romans 14:12) but if you gave the second response you agreed with Karl Marx, you are a Marxist. "It is not individualism that fulfills the individual, on the contrary it destroys him. Society is the necessary framework through which freedom and individuality are made realities." (Karl Marx)
While you might disagree with me. You are wrong. Instead of defending (denying) your deceitful and wicked heart, 'justifying' your "human nature" as being "good," or, if placed in the "right" social environment, becoming "good" (as Marx believed) you should recognize that your own unrighteous thoughts and unrighteous actions are not pleasing to God and 'repent.' While 'changing' the environment might help limit the temptations to sin (home schooling parents are trying to do that) it can not remove sin. Only God can do that, through the shed blood of His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ. We are all personally (as individuals before God) accountable for our thoughts and our actions, period. By making that which is spiritual temporal, making "spirit" that which is between man and man (man, full of pride, focusing upon "human relationship," upon "team spirit," desiring the approval or affirmation of men, 'justifying his wicked ways), that which is truly spiritual, of God (who alone is good), i.e. with man walking humbly before God, is negated.
Men today, in all walks of life (including "ministers"), are so possessed with Marxist ideology that it is difficult if not impossible to communicate the truth of the gospel to them (even in the "church"), truth now being weighed according to the feelings and thoughts of man in his relationship with himself, others, and the world, instead of according to the Word of God "Man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the God." (Jesus quoting Deuteronomy 8:3) underline added. Quoting the Marxist, Max Horkheimer, who knew that individualism, engendered from the fear of God, was the main obstacle which had to be removed from mankind's pathway if he was to achieve globalism: "Protestantism ["the priesthood of all believers," individual man doing his best as unto the Lord] was the strongest force in the extension of cold rational individualism." (Max Horkheimer, Vernunft and Selbsterhaltung) "And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ. But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of persons." Colossians 3:23-25
The courts are buried, trying to resolve the crimes of today―crimes engendered from the rejection of the Father's authority over his children (training them up in the admonition of the Lord, thereby engendering a "guilty conscience" when they are tempted to do wrong or do wrong)―by making "all" individuals (criminal and civil alike) work together in producing "healthy" social 'change' (communitization). They refuse to recognize that the traditional family (where the Father gives his children commands to be obeyed, without questioning them or his authority, and chastens them when they disobey) is the "seedbed" of civilization, instead setting out to replace it (negate it) with their dialectic programs (Marxist ideology) of "community action." Dad and mom are not perfect (they could be tyrants) but the office they serve in is, given to them by God, to do right and not wrong in, according to His will, loving their children, rewarding them and blessing them (edifying them) when they do right, correcting, reproving, rebuking (chastening) them when they do wrong, training them up in the admonition of the Lord. As Genesis 3:1-6, as Hegel, as Marx, as Freud, so to, as America today, we have rejected the father's/Father's authority.
The simplicity of the gospel has been replaced with the complexity of dialectic 'reasoning,' man 'justifying' himself before men, leaving man in his sin. As Marx said: "Not feeling at home in the sinful world, Critical Criticism ["questioning authority," i.e. the praxis of "theory and practice," i.e. man's carnal thoughts and carnal actions united as one in social action or 'change'] must set up a sinful world in its own home." (Karl Marx, The Holy Family) In other words, instead of the parent's training their children up in righteousness, i.e. teaching them to do the Father's will, thereby "alienating" them from the world (their "guilty conscience" making them uncomfortable in the world of sin) and the world "alienating" itself from them (feeling uncomfortable when they talk, i.e. preach and teach about man's sin, i.e. about man being judged by God and found wanting, i.e. condemned, they instead, not only refuse to 'repent,' they refuse to hear the truth about their deceitful and wicked hearts, i.e. they 'justify' their "human nature," uniting themselves as one in self-social 'justification,' i.e. in "self-social actualization,"). The message is: instead of being "negative," the parents should be "positive," i.e. be "tolerant" of their child's' carnal nature, hone their "social skills" and "set up a sinful world in their own home," with "their social life," as according to Marx, being the measure of their worth or value in life. Therefore, according to the Marxist (who is used as the world view for our current education system), Theodor Adorno, if we are to have 'change,' we must "use social environmental forces to change the parent's behavior toward the child." (Theodor Adorno, The Authoritarian Personality) The agenda of education today is to not only 'liberate' the children from parental authority but to also 'liberate' parents' from Parental authority (from the authority of God) as well, by changing how the parent's see their role in "society." "Social life" is the touchstone of Marxist ideology. "Citizens are obliged to concern themselves with the upbringing of children, to train them for socially useful work, and to raise them as worthy members of socialist society." (Soviet Constitution)
Others might say "Marx was more right than wrong." My response to that kind of narrow minded thinking is: the tombstone of the demolition expert can read: "He was more right than wrong." The tombstone of the patient read: "The doctor was more right than wrong." The tombstone of the astronauts who died on space shuttle #25 "More things went right than went wrong" (20,000 parts working and one not is not good news when going into space). Marx was dead wrong. So are all those who responded to the home schooling parent, as Karl Marx: "What about your children's social life?" Are you a Marxist? If you are, then who needs Karl Marx when you are around, you will do.
If you want to read a lengthy and involved exposé regarding the effect dialectic 'reasoning' (Marxist theory and practice) is having upon the home school movement (which includes through the "church") read: A warning regarding home schooling.
© Institution for Authority Research, Dean Gotcher 2012-2015