The greater the state, the more wrong and cruel its patriotism, and the greater is the sum of suffering upon which its power is founded.
For there shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, or one who practices witchcraft, or a soothsayer, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer or one who conjures spells, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead.
For all who do these things are an abomination to the Lord, and because of these abominations the Lord your God drives them out from before you.
You shall be blameless before the Lord your God.
Deut. 18: 10-13 NKJV
How’s that for “Freedom of Religion”? It should be noted thae one of the primary reasons liberal religionists and those who have abandoned the Faith believe that the “OT god” is the god of ‘hate’ and ‘intolerence’ is because of passages such as this one. Here the “mean old god” doesn’t love everyone and decides to commit cultural genocide against select groups of people becuase they worshipped a different god as their “conscience” led them. Yes, today, Jehovah God wouldt probably be standing in the communion line behind Steve and Patrick as they reverently hold hands walking up the aisle to receive the wafer. How precious. Better yet, in the Land of the Free and Home of the Brave where Christian Evangelicalism/Fundamentalism care more about the right to own as many hand-cannons as is financially possible rather than the Holiness of God the “faiths” of Wicca, Islam, Hinduism and a plethora of other abominations I can’t recall at the moment are free to peacefully coexist with those to claim Faith in Christ. Imagine that, we care more about “bringing the fight against terrorism” in the ‘name of Christ’ than repenting of our sin and foolishness which would go a long way to the beginning of God show us the mercy we don’t richly deserve in the least. No, instead we look to politics rather than God to heal our self-inflicted wounds.
” Every religion, therefore, being attached solely to the laws of the State which prescribed it, there was no way of converting a people except by enslaving it, and there could be no missionaries save conquerors…Of all Christian writers, the philosopher Hobbes alone has seen the evil and how to remedy it, and has dared to propose the reunion of the two heads of the eagle, and the restoration throughout of political unity, without which no State or government will ever be rightly constituted. But he should have seen that the masterful spirit of Christianity is incompatible with his system, and that the priestly interest would always be stronger than that of the State. It is not so much what is false and terrible in his political theory, as what is just and true, that has drawn down hatred on it…
There is therefore a purely civil profession of faith of which the Sovereign should fix the articles, not exactly as religious dogmas, but as social sentiments without which a man cannot be a good citizen or a faithful subject.47 While it can compel no one to believe them, it can banish from the State whoever does not believe them — it can banish him, not for impiety, but as an anti-social being, incapable of truly loving the laws and justice, and of sacrificing, at need, his life to his duty. If any one, after publicly recognising these dogmas, behaves as if he does not believe them, let him be punished by death: he has committed the worst of all crimes, that of lying before the law…The dogmas of civil religion ought to be few, simple, and exactly worded, without explanation or commentary. The existence of a mighty, intelligent and beneficent Divinity, possessed of foresight and providence, the life to come, the happiness of the just, the punishment of the wicked, the sanctity of the social contract and the laws: these are its positive dogmas. Its negative dogmas I confine to one, intolerance, which is a part of the cults we have rejected…Now that there is and can be no longer an exclusive national religion, tolerance should be given to all religions that tolerate others, so long as their dogmas contain nothing contrary to the duties of citizenship. But whoever dares to say: Outside the Church is no salvation, ought to be driven from the State, unless the State is the Church, and the prince the pontiff. Such a dogma is good only in a theocratic government; in any other, it is fatal. The reason for which Henry IV is said to have embraced the Roman religion ought to make every honest man leave it, and still more any prince who knows how to reason.”
Rousseau’s Social Contract (Book IV, Section 8 Civil Religion)
Unlike most, if not all, of the people I’ve listened to on the radio, read in print or listened to on Sermon Audio, I don’t believe for a moment that God led America’s founding fathers in the writing of the Constitution, Bill of Rights or any other written intention to make Americas what it is. I don’t believe that amassing firearms is a God-given right or the freedoms we enjoy in this country have anything to do with God’s perfect will. Why? Easy, when one becomes a child of God he or she becomes a citizen of heaven, strangers and pilgrims (1Pet. 2.10). When redeemed, we become a chosen generation, a peculiar people, a royal priesthood and a holy nation (1Pet. 2.9). Therefore, because of all these things our responsibility is to represent the One who redeemed us and live separate from the world system we inhabit by obedience to God’s word which leads to holiness of life (1Pet. 1.14-16), something the world views as nothing less than odd and queerish and always with irreverent humor (The Simpsons, Family Guy, et al).
That said, the battle lines have been drawn between those truly redeemed by God through the blood of Christ and those children of Satan, energized by their hatred for God and all things holy…it’s against this backdrop that America is unwittingly falling prey to its own fruit sown in rebellion.
How is this being done? As mentioned earlier there are the majority of “patriots” who believe that the erosion of the Second Amendment, the escapades of the Federal Reserve, abortion, gay rights and a host of other honorable mentions are the true cause of America’s present distress. While I believe all of these do have their place I believe even more so that these are mere distractions to the real problem which is simply the spirit of the age…the zeitgeist, if you will.
God uses nations to be the instrument of His judgment and seems to be the hardest on those He has blessed with the knowledge of Him; therefore, the hammer blow I believe will fall the hardest on the United States. Not only have we been blessed with the knowledge of God and the availability of atonement through Jesus Christ but we have taken this knowledge and turned it on its head until it’s unrecognizable by the way we behave. Yes, we are a “free” nation but “free” in the sense of the French Revolution type of “free”. The state has usurped Jehovah God, His Law and replaced Him with the horribly bad joke called democracy with totalitarianism being the punch-line.
In the name of democracy we have replaced:
- The First Commandment with freedom of religion,
- The Second Commandment with Wall Street,
- The Third Commandment with network TV,
- The Fourth Commandment with sports,
- The Fifth Commandment with the modern psychology of rebellion (see Fromm’s Escape from Freedom),
- The Sixth Commandment with endless war and conflict,
- The Seventh Commandment with the deification of selfishness,
- The Eighth Commandment with the love of money,
- The Ninth Commandment with American attitude of self-preservation at all costs,
- The Tenth Commandment with instant gratification.
I realize this is hardly a complete sketch of our dilemma but that said, taken as the sum of a proper assessment, it’s a recipe Voltaire or Rousseau would certainly be proud of . If lived with no regret by a population who knows not God or a church who confuses rebellion as Godly permission, then we deserve what’s coming to us. So, how will God deal with our bloated assessment of ourselves? Easy, look at China, read about Stalinist Russia, look at Canada and for what it’s worth, look at England and Europe on a whole. All the above named countries are similar to Rome in the sense that you can believe what you want as long as it’s not exclusive…if you worship Christ as Lord and God and you burn incense to the Emperor, you’ll be in good shape. However, if not, then look forward to being eliminated…it happened in Nero’s rule, Rousseau revived it as a preserver of order in France and it will likely be used to bring “harmony” to America in the near future.
Let’s examine a few of Rousseau’s elements of thought:
“There is therefore a purely civil profession of faith of which the Sovereign should fix the articles, not exactly as religious dogmas, but as social sentiments without which a man cannot be a good citizen or a faithful subject.”
Rousseau believed and wrote that the State shouldn’t exact religious dogma but “social sentiments” that exude “best case intentions” that preserve social rather through coerced silence via controlled thought and speech. For instance Rousseau’s social dogma is in practice in today’s liberal pulpits such as the Evangelical Lutheran Churches, United Methodist Churches, United Church of Christ and the Unitarian church, just to name a few. The doctrinal content of these examples are reflected or is a reflection (you decide) of present governmental social policy that seeks social unity through suppression and at the expense of biblical preaching and teaching, the conscience of the true Bible Believer and public expressions the Holy and True God (nativity scenes, crosses in public places and bible studies in public schools). Rousseau believed that these social laws had the power to do the following…..
“While it can compel no one to believe them, it can banish from the State whoever does not believe them — it can banish him, not for impiety, but as an anti-social being, incapable of truly loving the laws and justice, and of sacrificing, at need, his life to his duty.“ And worst case scenario…
“If any one, after publicly recognising these dogmas, behaves as if he does not believe them, let him be punished by death: he has committed the worst of all crimes”
What is the summary of these so-called crimes?…….
” Its negative dogmas I confine to one, intolerance, which is a part of the cults we have rejected…Now that there is and can be no longer an exclusive national religion, tolerance should be given to all religions that tolerate others, so long as their dogmas contain nothing contrary to the duties of citizenship…”
A Godless society has little recourse than to follow Rousseau.