Class Warfare Blog

December 15, 2017

God is No Democrat

Filed under: Politics,Religion — Steve Ruis @ 10:07 am
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There is a bit of word play in the title of this post, but the core meaning is clear. There is no place for democracy in the Bible. Adam Nicolson says in his book God’s Secretaries: The Making of the King James Bible, “The condition in Eden had been one of obedience; a steeply raked social structure was ordained by God; and so crawling to the great could be holy in England too.”

This is not just a remnant of the Old Testament replaced by the New Testament by Christians. Paul in his Epistle to the Romans says quite straightforwardly: “Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers for there is no power but of God. The powers that be are ordained of God. Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist, shall receive to themselves damnation.” It is obedience all the way down. (If it were not, would Rome have made Christianity its state religion?)

There is no greater authoritarian than God himself. His will be done. Obey or suffer. There is no place for “one man, one vote.” Men do not get a vote, they get judged.

So, why do I bring this up now? There is talk about declaring this nation a “Christian Nation” and claims that “it always has been.” Evangelical Christians came within an eyelash of getting a completely reprehensible Republican elected Senator from Alabama. They did manage, again by another eyelash, to get a completely reprehensible Republican elected President of the United States. But Christianity and Democracy do not mix. Something has to give, and right now it is democracy that is giving. Our current federal administration wants to do away with the Johnson Amendment, which prohibits religious leaders from politicking from their pulpits. This sounds innocuous enough, but it violates a basic political principle, namely that political money is money that is subject to taxation. If religious organizations are allowed to politic and are exempt from taxation, what do you think is going to happen? (Why the religious cannot see the potential corruption of their churches is completely beyond me.)

Christianity is authoritarian by its very nature. The Grand American Experiment in Democracy eschews authority by requiring the rule of law (the law being the authority, not the law enforcer), by electing rather than appointing its leaders, and eschewing the inheritance of any office, and myriad other ways, of course. But what happens when the lawmakers are captured by Christian authoritarians?

God is surely no democrat, nor should He be a Republican or Democrat. The question now is “Are Republicans democrats?”

 

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11 Comments »

  1. Reblogged this on The Secular Jurist.

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    Comment by Robert A. Vella — December 15, 2017 @ 11:41 am | Reply

  2. One of the LDS Articles Of Faith states ” we believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates in honoring, obeying, and sustaining the law”. Even joseph smith preached from both sides of his mouth. He also built the “united order” to have all things in common with one another and fought the government at every turn. He was not honoring his own articles. Power and money will always trump the fundamental treatise.

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    Comment by jim- — December 15, 2017 @ 11:52 am | Reply

    • You know I cannot but agree, but at least they said “…in honoring, obeying, and sustaining the law.” To maintain a democracy, there must be the rule of law. The British maintained their “royalty” but only by defanging them.

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — December 15, 2017 @ 12:10 pm | Reply

      • I still wonder why the royals are there and so many follow them. They want a king!! A ruler! Go figure

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        Comment by jim- — December 15, 2017 @ 12:12 pm | Reply

        • I think there is a need we all have in offloading the responsibilities we have as adults and go back to a child like state (look at how many college grads end up back in their parent’s houses). Somebody else makes the big decisions, buys the groceries, cleans the house, cooks the food, does the laundry … Mommie!

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          Comment by Steve Ruis — December 15, 2017 @ 12:29 pm | Reply

  3. The Church of Democracy. Let’s elevate democracy to that of a religion. An a-theist, rational, egalitarian, meritocratic pursuit of equality. I know it stretches the definitions, but if the world’s religions are hell-bent on reigning as political ideologies, then why can democracy do the opposite?

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    Comment by Anony Mole — December 15, 2017 @ 12:20 pm | Reply

    • Now we are talking! The Church of One Man-One Vote! Sign me up!

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — December 15, 2017 @ 12:28 pm | Reply

  4. No, the Republicans are plutocrats. Great article!

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    Comment by John Fioravanti — December 19, 2017 @ 5:57 pm | Reply

    • Actually, I think they are in the employ of the plutocrats. Theya ren’t smart enough or rich enough to be real elites.

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — December 19, 2017 @ 7:08 pm | Reply

      • True – yet they are the richest Senate ever.

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        Comment by John Fioravanti — December 19, 2017 @ 7:24 pm | Reply

        • That is true. They are selling our democracy for chump change, and that will be their legacy. This is as despicable as anything I have seen in politics.

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          Comment by Steve Ruis — December 20, 2017 @ 8:09 am | Reply


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