A (very) lay historian’s observation: Marxism most often sees people as victims caught in the machinery of economic forces; they can only be helped by government or revolution.
A (not so very) lay Christian’s observation: The Bible sees people as made in the image of a wonderful God who is sovereign over everything that happens in their world and will judge each of them.
I feel a lot of the former in the cultural bloodstream around me. It may be mere materialism (the belief that matter, that the observable physical world, is all that there is) instead of thought-out Marxism, but the two are shades of the same color. There’s an assumption of the moment that the greatest problems are economic and material and can best be resolved by governments (the Bible might say “kings”). This assumption can bear itself out in the belief (which I’ve felt from conservative upper middle class types and from impoverished liberal types and I’ll guess runs the whole gamut of demography) that human beings are often just poor, sad dupes in the power plays of the rich or the leaders, and tsk, tsk, ain’t it just unfair?
There is great injustice in this world, but human beings are not on the throne. They are not, for bad or for good, in ultimate control. That foundational tenet of Marxism is wrong: Neither people nor their economies are the driving force of history. That would be the Lord of Lords.
Good men and women must fight evil and injustice. But not as “woke” people aware of the conspiratorial human forces manipulating the world. They must fight injustice as the faithful who know the heart of the God who is fully provident and in charge of everything that happens on this planet. The thing that the most unjust soul in creation (Satan) fears is not political activists but active Christians. Christians have the elixir the victimized of the world need, and Christians have in them the Spirit of the God who became the most innocent victim of all. Christians have better medicine (and are better medicine) than mere economic or governmental upheavals. True, faithful, obedient Christians have a stronger Power to tap into than this contemporary concoction of materialistic political hope.
Put another way, the Bible has a truer and stronger message than political materialism. The Bible is a better, more accurate window into justice than a man-centered, merely politically charged worldview.
Marx was thoroughly wrong about who rules.
There is a King.
But just one.
Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord and against his Anointed, saying, ‘Let us burst their bonds apart and cast away their cords from us.’ He who sits in the heavens laughs; the Lord holds them in derision. Then he will speak to them in his wrath, and terrify them in his fury, saying, ‘As for me, I have set my King on Zion, my holy hill.’