Revisiting the Christian and State Relationship.

The second of the Ten Commandments falls out as follows:

Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate Me; and shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love Me, and keep My commandments (Exodus 20:4-6).

The first commandment clarified for us that nothing else comes first but God. It also warns us of the possibility of easily coasting along into the worship of a false god. Someone may present a false god before me and tell em to make it first. I must not succumb by passivity. Yes, I am created a worshipping being, but not to worship any which thing or person or being who presents himself to me. I am made, quite specifically in God’s image, not in the image of a pseudo-god. God, THE GOD, THE ARKY, He and only He is to be first.

With this in mind, we consider the second commandment and find a particular warning. We are not to create for ourselves any false gods / pseudo-gods, and worship them. God gave us a creative faculty. We are at risk of making to ourselves, and in our own image, a god to worship. The state, after all, is not God’s conception, is it? No, it is not.

The first state we find explicitly noted in Scripture was conceived by Nimrod. Later, we find the Hebrews wishing for a king and national greatness—all against God’s counsel. The state is not a divine conception, at least not as we know the state. It was first introduced among men in a fallen situation, in a world where the plutonium of sin was loose on the winds.

Man is not to serve the state; he is to serve God. The state is, it becomes so apparent, an idol, and we are neither to create them nor to bow down to them. Theology, of course, can be a notorious, ferocious stage for the creation of gods. The state will use whatever tools it finds that it can use. It cares not whether it corrupts religion, not in the least. What it cares for is to seduce the Christian, seduce the church, to reshape it, to turn it from humanity into something as unreal and unliving as itself. The cold monster is set on absorbing all.

We are not to make our own towers of Babel. We need not any ziggurat markers to show our greatness. We have none. We are not designed to bow down to other creatures but to THE ARKY. We must be anarchists with respect to all other arkys but God. He is the first and He is the last. He is not one among many, He is alpha and omega. There remains no room for human idols fashioned after flatulent human productions. God will brook no other. If we set ourselves to the making of idols, we are introducing competition. Then we are out of our league.

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Comments on: "Ten Commandments and the Christian anarchist 2" (5)

  1. Here:

    https://christianandstate.wordpress.com/2009/04/14/the-flag-salute-declined/

    Thanks for the invite. When I have opportunity I will look into it and perhaps join!

  2. I have not read “The Flag Salute Declined” but would like to. If you’re interested, there is a good libertarian Christian Yahoo group of which I’m a part. You’re welcome to join if you like.

    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Christian_Libertarians/

  3. The Biblical struggle for government is as old as Adam and Eve who disobeyed God. God is and always should be the boss, but we are constantly trying to usurp His authority. Earthly governments are portrayed throughout the Bible as evil. This is obvious when, throughout the Old Testament, those earthly governments ask or require God’s people to act in a way contrary to His will and God’s people instead obey God. Christians today deny that they have many idols, but there are many things we seem to value equally or more than God. God makes us wealthy and instead of using that wealth for Him we buy big screen TVs, beautiful homes, expensive cars, boats and huge ornate church buildings.

    I know Christians who have statues of Buddha in their homes or never miss reading their daily horoscope and shrug these off as unimportant.

    State worship is rampant. It’s easy to see which churches have fallen into idolatry. My wife and I have been searching for a church which hasn’t. One of the first questions I’ll ask of a perspective pastor is whether or not he displays one of those red, white and blue cloth idols in God’s house. With the degree in which every pastor has adamantly defended having the US flag in the sanctuary, you would think that my question was blasphemous. I guess, if the US and its flag are some of his gods, then to him, it was.

    We are all fallible men, unable to do good except by following the Holy Spirit. Perhaps we need to pray about these things in earnest and ask the Lord whether these things are unimportant or not. In the mean time, perhaps we should follow His written word, avoid the appearance of evil and throw away our idols until God says they’re OK.

    • Hey Bryan,
      Good to hear from you. I know of at least one church in California where the American flag was removed from the church sanctuary after a discovery of the facts made it clear that this should be done. BTW, have you seen the article here on C&S “The Flag Salute Declined”?

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