Christianity must deliberately apply its warm spirit of compassion to the frustrations and vexing needs of modern man. Deep and selfless concern for unreached multitudes and a passion to right social injustices should mark the Christian witness in the world no less than a determination to preach the Gospel. The Church’s thrust must somewhere intersect and penetrate the driving aspirations of restless, clamoring masses.
Today people’s needs are measured almost entirely in material terms, and in relation to economic status and strength. The Church on the other hand offers eternal security and abundant life. Do these orbits interact at any point? Can the Church maintain relevance when its God, and not Marx or twentieth century social theorists, defines the content of love and justice? How must the Church meet alien philosophies that attach strange expectations to “Christian social action”?
Communism meets the disparities in modern society with a crisis technique that in the seemingly beneficent act of equalizing wealth places men’s lives under total state regimentation. Professing to function in the name of the proletariat an elite cadre (the dictatorial party organization) freely resorts to violence to repress and destroy all opposition. Communists, however, hesitate to actually ameliorate economic inequities, since any improvement of conditions only decreases the discontents which Communism appropriates for revolutionary ends. Among the masses, Communist tactics of propaganda and violence are more effective in advancing: totalitarian goals than are Communist doctrine and theory. People may challenge Communist philosophy as fallacious, may recognize Communist practise as inconsistent (even Khrushchev’s regime compromises at ...1
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