I came across a comment on Facebook that got me thinking. It’s from an anarchocapitalist:
The idea is not to dismantle the U.S. government. The idea is to teach people a system of morality that is universal; that “don’t steal” and “don’t kill” applies to everybody. Once people everywhere, all over the world, understand this basic concept and would cringe at the idea of ruling, taxation and war then all governments will dissolve on their own. Spreading anarchism is a bottom up approach not a top down one.
The part where he says, “The idea is to teach people a system of morality that is universal; that “don’t Steal” and “don’t kill” applies to everybody.” caught me. That is a very good summation of the Great Commission.
And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20).
Jesus said to teach the nations to observe all that He has commanded. The anarchist says we need to teach people universal morality, and even mentions two of the Ten Commandments. I don’t know if he’s a Christian or not, but universal morality can only come from the God of the Bible.
The job of Christians is to teach the nations all the He’s commanded, but we have done such a terrible job of that. Our problem seems to be four fold:
- Christians seem to root for the Republican regardless of how far from the Bible he is.
- The commands of Christ are equally applicable to individuals as to the government, but rather than apply biblical morality to government, we twist Romans 13 to teach that we should obey whatever evil command government comes up with. Government becomes the law giver, and we end up with no king but Caesar.
- Pastors warp Romans 13 to teach that we should obey government almost no matter what, when in reality, Romans 13 is dynamite laid at the foundation of tyrannical government.
- The antinomian bias of American Christianity means many of us don’t even know what right and wrong is. How can the world know what universal morality Christ has commanded if Christians don’t even know? It’s our job to teach it, but we have to know it before we can teach it.
This reminds me of what Bojidar Marinov said. He’s speaking specifically of police, but it applies to all areas of tyrannical government:
“Every single positive change in history starts with change in our hearts, and change in the pulpit. Which means, concerning the standing occupying army of police, we need to first change our hearts and trust God that maintaining a social order is not the same as having a standing army for terrorizing the population. Then we need to purge the pulpits of any preacher who supports the existence of police, or the existence of any other tyranny. At the very least, do not support with your money pulpits which support tyranny.”
I’m ashamed to say it, but I believe Christians are to blame for the tyranny we are suffering under, because we are no longer preaching biblical morality. We need to do better.
I'd love to hear your thoughts on this. To continue the discussion, check out Twitter or Facebook.