The Church of State

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Permit me to open with Prime Minister Cameron’s remarks concerning the riots in Great Britain. He indicated that the problem was the result of “a culture that glorifies violence, shows disrespect for authority, and says everything about rights and nothing about responsibility.” He then pointed to parental failure and the breakdown of families. Without a return to God, here in our own nation, we are headed in the same direction. In fact, we have already seen it in the past week with “flash mobs” in Philadelphia.

America’s overbearing, foolish, secular theocracy is using their “church of state” (political correctness) to cram their self-defined values down the throats of the U.S. population and place an unbearable burden on the backs of present-day and yet-to-be-born citizens. We need a miracle from above, and God offers it freely. Now is the time for Christians to become that city set on a hill that cannot be hid because God’s glory is revealed through the disciples of Jesus.

Oh, yes, these people will vote—and vote wisely. But our hope is not in any political party or politician. Our hope is in the Lord, and He works through those who love Him with all their heart and love their neighbors as themselves. These are the people who can be depended on to inspire necessary corrections.

Recently, I visited with Kevin Miller, a gifted writer, businessman, and founding dean of Colorado Christian University School of Business. He shared with me his legitimate concerns for our nation. In a new book titled Freedom Nationally, Virtue Locally—or Socialism, he expounded on these concerns and the inspiration necessary to preserve and strengthen true freedom. It was the first time I had heard the term “secular theocracy” and their enforcement arm, the “church of state.”

Kevin and I agreed that when Americans ask the government to deliver both freedom and virtue, they will ultimately get neither. The bigger government gets, the more people depend on it…the more insignificant and less productive they become.

For many months, I’ve been encouraging people to pray for the personal lives of believers, Americans and for our ship of state to turn from moral and economic danger toward safety and security. Individuals will most certainly determine their own course, but it will take wise, committed people coming together, united in purpose, to turn our nation. For the “indestructible” Titanic, it was turning from hidden icebergs—it did not, and it went down. For us, it is turning from out-of-control, all-consuming, misdirected federal government, which has continually drifted toward becoming a secular theocracy. This power is effectively using the church of state to enforce their view of essential doctrines. Let me simply touch on some of those Kevin Miller listed in his thought-provoking book:

  • The doctrine of “using deliberately mushy words and terminology.” Straightforward, accountable definitions simply don’t work to get the results desired. Terms such as “justice” won’t do. They use phrases such as “social justice” because no one can really define what they mean. They use the vitally important word “justice” within their phrase because this works to condemn people who aren’t moved to do something—something really, really important, urgent and necessary as conveniently defined by those in the secular theocracy.
  • The doctrine of “never enough.” No matter how the non-believers try to comply with the mushy definitions of needed secular virtues, as defined by the federal government, of course their efforts are never enough. More taxes and federal programs are always necessary.
  • The doctrine of the federal government always defines neighbor. The secular theocracy must have complete control over the definition and classifications of neighbor. For example, a Mexican citizen illegally in the United States taking advantage of various U.S. taxpayers’ social services—well, he’s definitely a NEIGHBOR for secular theocracy purposes. That’s because he’s a voting constituent created merely by his presence on U.S. soil. In contrast, his brother—a U.S. citizen—barely scraping by in Mexico, minding his own business—is not a neighbor. A workable and compassionate solution can be found to benefit everyone involved, but the secular theocracy would rather define those who disagree with them as racist, and a racist is always what a secular theocracy says it is to suit its purposes of the moment, time and again.

(A personal note: I see all who suffer and need help as a neighbor. I am thrilled people want to come to America to build a better life. I am, however, opposed to anyone disregarding the law.)

  • The doctrine of the federal government commands how Americans will love their neighbors. The secular theocracy social justice demands that Americans love their neighbors, but that isn’t the end of the story. Citizens must love their neighbors exactly how the federal government instructs them. Here’s an example of how loving your neighbor works. Private organizations who are not secular theocracy-friendly will be compelled to embrace the transgendered person (God made me this way), while the billionaire, driven to employ thousands of people and earn piles of money (God made me this way), will be punished by extracting taxes on the fruits of his compulsive, unappealing behavior. Of course, it doesn’t matter how God really makes a person. It’s up to the secular theocracy to determine which is good and which is bad, according to the political needs of the moment.
  • The doctrine of results don’t matter—only good intentions matter. Whether before a federal social justice program starts or after it fails, the federal government’s activities are entirely justified by its good intentions and the cost to the taxpayers is simply not important.
  • The doctrine of “rules about rules.” These rules are to be communicated to ordinary citizens. First, the rules are made by someone other than you. Second, specific enforcement of the rules is determined at the whim of someone other than you. Third, the specifics of the rules may change at any time. Fourth, the rules may change at any time without notice.
  • The doctrine that only the federal government can solve these problems. Got a business too big to fail? Got a huge social justice opportunity? Well, friend, the only answer is the federal government.

Now please keep in mind that these doctrines are being forced on us by people whom citizens put in power. Many of the people who are most greatly concerned about the problems didn’t even participate in the process of selection—and if they did vote, they voted from a very uninformed position. As a result, we now have a secular theocracy with their doctrines enforced by their church of state, which, because of their superior belief system, they are convinced they know what’s best for all the rest of us. (Let me strongly emphasize that America will never have a religious or spiritual theocracy or state controlled by religion because people of true faith would never, never tolerate it.)

It is time for people who know the truth to start demonstrating it, or we might as well reinstate Pharaoh himself, submit to bondage and get ready for the day when we will, as with Old Testament Israel, be forced to “make bricks without straw.”

You really need not pray for a deliverer. He has already come and lives in the life of every believer. It is time for us to stand up and once again embrace the freedom offered by nature’s God and our nation’s founders. It will take prayer, God’s wisdom and relentless determination to do God’s will, beginning in our personal lives. The necessary correction will come from the bottom up, from hearts committed to God—not from top down, by foolishly trusting in mere men. If we will lift God up, He will lift us up.

This article was written by James Robison

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