Monday, August 9, 2010

Abolish Democracy!! Establish A "Christian Iran"

Though the title to my post might seem rather extreme, it is exactly the kind of attitude that I wanted to convey. This post is an extension of two previous posts of mine - No Religious Freedom and Christian Freedom is Really just Democratic Slavery.

I was reading an article that was on my facebook today from Christianity Today entitled "What is the Gospel Response to the Proposition 8 Decision". Though you had people on both sides of the aisle - those who say that Christians must fight for government and morality, and those who said lets just all love each other - one quote in particular gave me chills.

Sarah Sumner, dean of A.W. Tozer Theological Seminary:
In a democracy, Christians can love others best by voting for laws that uphold the truth as revealed by God. When a law lies by saying something forbidden by God is permissible in society, people are set up for long-term hurt. God's universal laws are for the benefit and welfare of all people, not just Christians. It's just as harmful for an unbeliever to be involved in same-sex sin as it is a Christ follower.
That is the key right there..."In a democracy, Christians can Love others best by voting for laws that uphold the truth as revealed by God." This my friends is what the fundamentalist Christians want to do in American society. They feel that they MUST and are REQUIRED too uphold the "truth" contained in the Bible. In doing so, they will be "saving" society from the hurt that it inflicts upon itself.

This my friends, is exactly what authoritarian regimes, such as the one in Iran do. Under the guise of Fundamentalist Islam, the Iranian government stifles all dissent in society, for they say that they are "protecting" society from evil influences.  It does not allow dissent, for in a religious government all dissent against the establishment is looked at as dissent against the truth that "God" has given to man.

Though Ms. Summers may not realize where her logic leads, it is patently obvious. In a theocratic state, no matter what religion, the government is supposed to uphold the morality and beliefs as taught in the sacred texts. By doing so, the government is effectively protecting its people from evil, outside, dangerous, and secular influences. It is protecting its people against "hurt".

The Right Wing fundamentalists might not directly say that they want to institute a theocratic state, but their rhetoric insinuates such. By stating that the government has to establish a moral code, and that it has to be theirs, it is not allowing dissent. Any dissent that is allowed is viewed by them as allowing a "religion of secularism" to take hold. The Religious Right is slowly realizing that they are losing the battle for the majority, so therefore they are having to accomplish their agenda through other means.
Matthew Lee Anderson, author of the forthcoming Earthen Vessels: Breathing New Life into a Broken Faith and blogger at Mere Orthodoxy:
Practically, I think we have relied too heavily on the will of the majority as our foundation for our legal actions. While political orders must on some level be representative of the people to be legitimate, our founding fathers set up a representative democracy for a reason. Without rejecting efforts like Proposition 8, politically conservative evangelicals should shift their focus toward equipping the next generation of leaders with the philosophical and theological training they need to affect society and government from the "top-down." Majorities are unstable, and while traditional marriage has the upper hand now, it may not in 20 years.
This is the reaction of the Right, and its way of "fixing" the "decline" in morality. The last two lines should be read over and over again. "Without rejecting efforts like Proposition 8, politically conservative evangelicals should shift their focus toward equipping the next generation of leaders with the philosophical and theological training they need to affect society and government from the "top-down". Majorities are unstable, and while traditional marriage has the upper hand now, it may not in 20 years".

All I can say is, God help us.

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