Friday, October 14, 2016
Since when was America a Theocracy?
Dear Christian Americans, please stop looking to the government to fix the world we live in. That stance is unbiblical and unfounded. Dear American Secularists, please quit pretending you don't worship politicians, either.
There are too many people already confused over the actual meaning of the separation of Church & State, so I guess I shouldn't be so surprised by how many people see the Presidency as a Messiahship position. And, in our infatuation with the political superpowers, we all have turned a blind-eye the embarrassing & illegal shenanigans these snake-oil salespeople engage in.
When I say America is a Theocracy, that's not to say we as a nation submit to a/any God, or that we we are ruled by a Deity. Instead, I'm saying politics is now our national religion. We are looking for salvation from our government. We think that the next president will either usher in the Promised Land or Armageddon, depending on if our chosen one is elected or exiled...
As a nation, we've placed too must trust and too much hope and too much faith in our politics, we are in an unhealthy state of mind. Christians are especially guilty of this, much to our shame. The mental gymnastics that believers take to justify the actions any politician, simply leaves me flabbergasted.
Christians seemingly haven't read their Bibles or their history books when it comes to politics. Rome wasn't built in a day, and it wasn't build by the efforts of Christian voters. Rome was very hostile and very accommodating all at once. There's a paradox in how the Church spread under the oppression of an Empire that allowed conquered native peoples to worship how they wanted as long as their faith didn't interfere with Rome's agenda.
The Apostle Paul instructs the church in Rome to submit to the Government in Romans chapter 13:1 f.f., and claims God instilled these rulers. This was while Nero ruled, the same Nero who castrated the young man Sporus, married Sporus, and consummated his marriage in public. Paul was silent on the debauchery that Rome was infected with, and again, he commends his audience to respect the power of that government. How could this be?
Because Paul knew his true citizenship wasn't that of a Roman citizen, a right and privilege he claimed, but it was not a point of personal identity for him. "But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ" (Philippians 3:20 ESV)