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Monday, February 13, 2006

Theocratic Musings

Bookworm raises the provocative question, what would a Christian theocracy look like in America. She sets one groundrule: It would have to adhere to the constitution.

Reading through the snowdrift of comments that are piling up around her post, I'm certain of one thing: It would be a land of endless debate.

Pastor Ray went off on a predestination-based prediction, for example, citing Paul:
"Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied" (1 Peter 1:2)
I don't ascribe to that, believing that predestination applies to peoples (the Jews, the Gentiles) not to individuals. So Senator Ray and Senator Laer might submit competing bills in our theocracy, and once they got through committee, off the floor, into conference, and into law, neither one of us would recognize them.

But God would.

The American Constitutional theocracy would only mean a Christian-dominant America, not a Christian America. It would be tolerant, because Christ is tolerant, but it would be moral, because Christ is moral, but it would be loving, because Christ is loving, but it would be judging, because Christ is judging, but it would be gracious, because Christ is gracious.

So you see, Christ really did know all when he said, "Render under Caesar that which is Caesar's, and render unto God that which is God's." Government ... that's definitely Caesar's.