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Our Constitution was written partly to help us avoid Christian theocracy.
Unfortunately, theocracy is the goal of many Americans today who clearly think the Founders were wrong. They want their groups of churches to dictate to the White House, the Congress, the Courts and the rest of us.
We do need God’s wisdom, help, and protection.
I hope we seek and pray for those things daily. And we need to practice the faiths we profess.
But we have three branches of government precisely in order to keep any group from running things their way without criticism or restraint. Is theocracy good or bad? This idea of running things their way without criticism or restraint should make that clear. <u>That is the way to stifle all the good gifts God has put among us in our people</u>. That is the way to destruction of God’s good will.
Are there pros and cons of theocracy. No. America’s would-be theocrats raise some important concerns that we need to consider. Unfortunately, they also fully intend to have their group running things just as they wish, without criticism or restraint. In that they are wrong. We do not welcome that nightmare – their efforts to stamp their image on all of us.
John Danforth was an Episcopal Priest, then a US Senator. He said this last year, about seeking theocracy:
“Republicans have transformed our party into the political arm of Conservative Christians
In the contest of theocracy vs democracy I quickly choose democracy. Theocrats tend to hold more than their fair share of traits like authoritarianism, arrogance, violence, hypocrisy, dishonesty. Yes, those traits are spread throughout the population, but we DO want to keep them out of the higher positions of power as much as possible. We really do.
We are free today to practice our faiths. If we each did that more thoroughly this would likely be a happier and safer nation. But if we let our country surrender its freedoms to a home-grown theocracy, we, our kids, and our grandkids will deeply regret it.
(This is from one of my letters to the editor of a local newspaper, September 20, 2006.)
See also – other articles on Christian theocracy (by other names):
1. What is Christian Nationalism? It Wears Christian Words & Symbols Like Sheep’s Clothing. (2023)
Excerpt (starting with a quote from Lauren Boebert):
“The church is supposed to direct the government, the government is not supposed to direct the church,” she said at a church two days before her primary election (and victory) in late June. “I’m tired of this separation of church and state junk.”
Ma’am, a key reason so many of us are NOT “tired of this separation of church and state junk” is precisely that ignorant and unprincipled people like you assume you represent the church that should have power over the rest of us, especially over our shared governmental structures.
And that is a repulsive thought! We have the separation ideal so that NO religious institution, no petenders to religious authority, can grab that power.
They must accomplish their mission by any means necessary. What then could be more tantalizing than a white racist billionaire who claimed to be a Christian …
“Christian fundamentalism has one endgame: Domination. By way of televangelism, foreign missionary efforts, local church outreach, or direct involvement in local, state and national politics … People of color must be colonized; women must be subdued; non-heterosexuals must be eliminated; nature must be conquered; white males must prevail.” (p90)
“It is possible to attend to your own healing AND also actively oppose authoritarianism in its many forms whenever and wherever you observe it. You need not do this alone, nor should you. A host of supportive resources exist that did not when I was exiting Christian fundamentalism fifty years ago.” (p 167)
3. Christians & Churches Should Not Enforce the Bible on Us. (2017) [Christian Theocracy]
Paul was writing about one specific very public offense by one specific person. The real sanction against the “sinning” person in this case (in I Corinthians) was temporary exclusion from the local voluntary association.
That is HUGELY different from the agenda of the ‘religious right’ – passing legislation at the very highest levels, enforced by the weapons and courts of the secular powers, in order to establish one narrow view of the requirements of Scripture on every person in the land.
Very Important! “One narrow view”! I bet they won’t be asking you, or me, what that view should be.