Fighting for the less fortunate is our God-given duty:
“Open your mouth for the mute—for the rights of all the unfortunate. Open your mouth, judge righteously, and defend the rights of the afflicted and needy.”
Proverbs 31:8-9 NASB
Many countries do not incorporate this mandate as part of their mission. Venezuela is one, and China is another. In fact, China currently has 4 million of the 40 million slaves in the world and is consistently among the worst nations for violent persecution of Christians.
It is an oppressive and tyrannical nation, yet former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders praised it:
“What we have to say about China, in fairness to China and its leadership is, if I’m not mistaken, they have made more progress in addressing extreme poverty than any country in the history of civilization. So they’ve done a lot of things for their people.”
How has China lifted millions of its citizens out of poverty? China’s famous “Great Leap Forward” initiative (to move the nation into socialism that would provide for all its citizens) involved “mass murder, religious persecution, forced abortion and famine.” As one commentator summarized:
“Dead people aren’t poor. Just dead.”
Does Senator Sanders really believe their current attempt to “obliterate poverty” justifies the horrors of communism? Just ask the protesters in Hong Kong if they want China’s version of its pledge “to lift all of China’s 1.4 billion people out of poverty by 2020.” There’s a reason Hong Kong residents are waving American flags and not Chinese ones.
The fruits of communism (in counties such as China) and socialism (in countries such a Venezuela) are evident, and they are consistently bad. (Ironically, Sanders once praised Venezuela “as a place where the ‘American dream is more apt to be realized.”)
The Law of Liberty
Liberty is always to be preferred to oppression. In the famous words of Patrick Henry:
“Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!”
We should always be “gracious to the needy” (Proverbs 14:31), and one way of doing that is to not enable or praise countries that consistently violate human rights, as China and Venezuela do.
The Prophet Isiah warned believers to watch out for those who call good evil and evil good, who replace darkness with light and light with darkness,
who replace bitter with sweet and sweet with bitter (Isiah 5:20). It is crucial to remind ourselves that The Holy Spirit trains our hearts to discern right from wrong and good from evil for the purpose of bringing refreshing those who are needy. So what laws are we looking into..or who’s laws or we looking into?
The one who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this man will be blessed in what he does (James 1:25).