There is one very large point that was made in our text that sprung out at me, and hit me right between the eyes. When people, or revolutionaries, decided to combine Karl Marx’s and Vladimir Ilich Ulyanov’s political views and worldviews, it created what was called Marxism-Leninism, based off Vladimir’s more common name, Lenin. Today, people know Marxism-Leninism as Communism. In our text, Prevailing Worldviews of Western Society Since 1500, the author writes about the “Leninist Formulation for Global Conquest”. In this section, Martin explains three different tactics used by these revolutionaries that combined the two philosophies. In them, I noticed a large contradiction amongst them, as well as a tactic that I feel has played a major role in changing the way our society views the institution of marriage and family. Tactic number two, “Peaceful Coexistence”, I find this to be extremely ironic considering the amount of destruction and slaughter that has taken place in the 20th century in Communist driven countries. Martin lays out some statistics concerning such acts. One staggering statistic comes from China, the world’s largest Communistic country. Martin writes, “Since overrunning China in the late 1940s, the communists have put to death, by conservative estimates, a minimum of 150 million people”. So, over the last 70 years, approximately, they have killed 2.1 million people each year on average. Yet, they want to live in “peaceful coexistence” with the world to help spread communism globally.
I preference this point with the above paragraph to get a glimpse at the contradiction that I found. Regarding how any of this has affected the view on marriage and families, I continue with the Fabian Socialism that started coming about in the late 19th century. Some revolutionaries had an awakening and realized that the way the Communists were “handling business” was in fact not the proper way to treat anyone. What they did though, was take a portion of the Communist’s view and ran with it; that view was the second tactic mentioned above, “Peaceful Coexistence.” Martin tells a great story about the Punic wars between Rome and Carthage. Essentially, the Carthage Army, being led by General Hannibal, had the opportunity to destroy the Roman Empire, but his intent was not to the destruction of a nation, it was to make the Romans realize they needed the Carthaginians to stay alive. One of the Roman consuls noticed what General Hannibal was doing, and recommended to the Roman Senate to stop fighting toe to toe because they cannot win. This Consul was named Fabian Maximus, and he chose to cut off the supply line of the Carthaginians, thus making them weaker for not having an essential lifeline to the front lines, ultimately allowing the Romans to defeat General Hannibal’s army. Thus, the term of Fabian Socialism had come about, after Fabian Maximus.
Because of this movement of Fabian Socialism moving towards the west in the early 20th century, the idea of “Peaceful Coexistence” has flourished among our society. This, to me, is why the view on marriage and family has become so construed and led away from a biblical worldview. Everyone with this mindset of coexisting for peace and to accept everyone as they are, no matter how different their views and beliefs are, has aided in the destruction of what a holy, matrimonial marriage and family are supposed to be. With that being said, we as Christians should always accept anyone with open arms and with the love of Christ. The difference comes in when we allow our morals, and way of life to be affected by something other than a biblical worldview. For many years, homosexual marriages were against the law in most of the world, and in the United States. Of course, now though, it is legal in 36 out of the 50 states. It has also become legal for same sex couples to adopt children. There are some people who still believe in a polygamous relationship, people who believe in just being free-spirited and sleeping with whomever, and people who believe you should be able to marry whomever and even whatever, you “love”. The concept of a holy marriage has gone out the window essentially. People seem afraid to stick with a biblical worldview so they don’t offend or hurt anyone, no matter how wrong it is. The same with a family. Since same-sex couples can adopt, or even have in vitro fertilization, the concept of a biblical family doesn’t exist like it used to. Kids grow up learning from day one, that both homosexuality and same-sex parents are the norm.
This concept of “Peaceful Coexistence”, in theory, has good intentions. Even Christ wants us to live in peace and love with both believers and non-believers, but He does warn about being unequally yoked with non-believers in 2 Corinthians 6:14. This reaches way beyond even marriage and family. It has bled into our schools, our churches, our local government, and even our federal government. There’s a fine line between accepting non-believers with the love of Christ, and accepting the non-believer’s worldview as our own. I believe Marxism, Leninism, and Fabian Socialism, all had good intentions, for the most part. In my own opinion, the key figure and “ingredient” in the mix, was God, and having a biblical worldview as a lens to which to filter their philosophical journey.