Have We Signed Away The World?
No Such Thing As A Spiritual Cease-Fire
"Political pluralism is a myth, the official philosophy of a perpetual cease fire... it is... a gigantic public relations ploy of an implacable enemy, who uses a time of peace to consolidate his position for the next assault. Christians are naive. They believe that they should always think the best of people, giving their covenant-breaking opponents the benifit of the doubt. They should be ready rather to doubt the benifits."
Gary North, Political Polytheism: The Myth of Pluralism
Christians for the last 200 years have been on the political run. There was a time in our history that the Church understood the mandate of Christ to go to the "nations" in order to make "disciples." Mind you that he did not just specify "individuals" or "converts." He was crystal clear in the scope and meaning of this gospel and its consequent effects on society and culture. The Catholic Church for all of its faults understood the notion of dominion. Were there abuses? Certainly. Mankind is bound even in regenerate status to make fatal errors. Yet there was the idea that culture and politics were religious in nature, not secular. This concept is one that we have little recognition of in 21st century USA.
Other societies throughout history have grasped this concept and attempted to build upon it but very few had any significant success. Until of course the Puritans. The Puritans attempted to use the Law of God, most specifically Exodus 21-23 case laws, in formulating local ordinances. From Sabbath laws, to blasphemy laws, to witch-hunts (which in themselves are Biblical), to laws concerning fields and their un-harvested parts for the poor, and even adultery laws. Now did they ever over-do anything. Yes. Were they or their system perfect? No. But they were on the right track.
For me to use the Puritans as a positive example of Christian Reconstruction in Political-Law Theory may be a surprise to some. Most Christians at present see the Puritans more as an eye sore than a model to follow. Say may see them as evil-white-heterosexual-religious-bigots that burned people because they didn't like them. This is unfortunate to say the least. No group since the people of Israel have tried to reflect the Law of God in such a way as to glorify Him by reflecting His righteousness in society. Their worst fault may be that they were "over-zealous" for implementing God's Law-Word. But is that even a fault to be ashamed of?
For all of their faults they did not have fags wearing wedding gowns getting married by a professional music personality impersonator. They did not have Witches and Warlocks being publicly portrayed as heroes like Harry Potter. They would have cringed at the blasphemous ordination of homosexual priests. Neither would they have turned a blind eye to the rape of young children by perverted priests! It would be a cold day in hell before they would see women dying on a battlefield. The men who have robbed us blind through taxes and broken a trust (Social Security) would be prosecuted as the criminals that they are. And most certainly they would have been unable to sleep knowing that 4,000 innocent babies a day are being killed in abortuaries! They would have waged war on a nation that funded these child-murder centers responsible for 1,400,000 (legal and reported) deaths a year. Day care centers and their Public School counterpart would be history. Darwinism and Sex (mis)education would be banned. The Ten Commandments would be in every courthouse reminding the justices that they are not the Lawmakers. And no-fault divorce would be once again non-existent. Oh what a horrible world that would be!
Yet many will continue to chime, “Theocracy bad, democracy good.” The fact that people fear and despise the word Theocracy shows how deep the depravity of man is even within the hearts of the born-again. God Rule? Heaven forbid! Using the Bible as the standard of Law? Let it not be so! We want to go back to Egypt. Give us Egypt and all of their gods. We desire political pluralism. That seems much more wise, kind, and just than the OT Law of God. His law is so mean and inhumane. He would insist that we violate “natural right” of “innocent” people. Certainly the God I serve would not have that.” This is as sad as it is common.
So for now we will continue as we always have, believing in our hearts that the City of Man has swore to a cease-fire. We will live our lives complaining how bad things are wishing they were better but refusing to see (and even despising) the greatest (and only) alternative the to Man’s Secular City. We will call ourselves Conservative, trying our hardest to restrain the momentum of the wicked while retaining any speck of good that we can grasp a hold of. Moreover, Christians will continue to live an intellectually schizophrenic life of on one hand saying the world is destined for the antichrist while simultaneously doing things such as voting Republican in hope that it will not. What a strange world we live in. What a peculiar people we are. God have mercy.