Revisiting the Christian and State Relationship.

The state is an alternative source of legitimacy. Whereas the Christian is de facto one who lives by the authority of God, the statist substitutes state authority for God’s.

When God says “x is immoral,” the state says, “pay for a license, and we will make a declaration about x.” The state provides an alternate storyline, an alternate set of quasi-deities, an alternate reality. While Christianity looks to the future, statism looks to now. Any “benefits” that the state doles out must be received in the “now,” for only the “now” is within reach of the state—at least for the moment.

Christianity and low time preference (more emphasis on the future and on longer-term well-being) is in persistent conflict with the state and high time preference (focus on the now). There are two different horizons here. Basically, there are short term and long term outlooks. Insofar as the state/ media/congressional/military-complex serves to mediate our reality, it pushes all of the people who are under its influence toward high time preference.


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