The recent storm of controversy surrounding Rick Santorum’s stand on the issue of the existence of evil brings to light an excellent opportunity to discuss the role that faith should or should not play in government. With all of the hand-wringing and gnashing of teeth over this issue now taking place by the secularists and those of weak and nearly useless (liberal) faith, one would tend to think that by having merely mentioned Satan that Mr. Santorum was trying to impose a Christian version of the Islamic caliphate upon America. This hysteria must be put in its place.
Because God exists and has expectations of human conduct, good human government cannot exist apart from a degree of theocracy (God-based government). And because the Resurrection of Jesus proves that God is the God of Scripture, good government cannot exist apart from a theocracy based upon the nature of Jehovah. For instance, the Ten Commandments are a reflection of the nature of Jehovah, and so when the Sixth Commandment tells us not to murder, it tells us that murder is against the nature of Jehovah. And when the Eighth Commandment tells us not to steal, it tells us that theft is against the nature of Jehovah. The only way to truly remove God from the idea of government is therefore to make things like murder and theft acceptable, for only then will you truly have a non-theocracy.
What the secular left fails to mention (and probably fails to realize) is that they are as bent upon the installation of a theocracy every bit as much as is the Taliban in Afghanistan, for their secular belief system qualifies as a theology. To put it as succinctly as possible, all religions seek to answer what I call The Three Big Questions: How did we get here? What’s my purpose in life? What happens when I die? Judaism has an answer to these questions, as does Christianity, as does Islam, and Buddhism, etc. But what is almost completely overlooked is that atheism answers these same questions, and simply because it does this without a named deity in the answer makes it no less religious than any other. So to make things clear for everyone, I’ll give that unnamed deity a name so that we can all think a big more clearly on this issue.
Atheists are generally Darwinists, which means that they are Evolutionists. The Theory of Evolution (their gospel) postulates that everything in existence came from nothing by random chance acting over time. So where the Christians and the Jews believe that in the beginning Jehovah created the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1:1), the atheist replaces Jehovah with Chance, and so we must take some time to get to know this deity at the heart of their religion.
With Chance the Almighty there is no right and no wrong – there is only the strong and the weak, and the strong are always right. WithChance there is no consistency, which means that what is true today may not be true tomorrow, and that honesty is irrelevant. And with Chance there is no purpose or accountability, which means that everyone may do exactly as they see fit, for they’ll never have to answer for their life or deeds.
Regarding government, at the heart of what it does is the establishing of what is right and wrong for the governed, which makes it an arm of morality. And at the core of that morality there must necessarily be a foundation for what a people believe is right and wrong – something that will stem from the nature of the deity or deities worshipped by the people. This means that all governments are therefore an exercise in theocracy, and that the only significant difference between these theocracies is the deity at the heart of their design.
Since those who worship Chance demand the absolute absence of Jehovah in government, it’s only appropriate that we look at what such a government would resemble. God’s expectations of us are codified in the Ten Commandments, and since the government of Chance would naturally champion the absence of those Commandments, we can see what such a government would look like by looking at the absence of the Fifth-Tenth Commandments (Exodus 20:12-17).
When we consider the absence of the Fifth Commandment, we see that the government of Chance would support the destruction of the family. When we consider the absence of the Sixth, we see that it would support murder and the cheapening of human life. When we consider the absence of the Seventh, we see that it would support adultery (and by extension, sexual immorality). When we consider the absence of the Eighth, we see that it would support theft. When we consider the absence of the Ninth, we see that it would support falsehood and lie. And when we consider the absence of the Tenth, we see that it would support covetousness (hello Occupy Movement).
When we view things with such clarity, we see that no good can come of what the secular left is trying to do with the idea of government, and government must therefore be wrested from their control. We must not fear the idea of theocracy, for it is inherent to the very idea of government itself. Instead, we must simply understand it and see to the genius of it, as our Founders and Framers once did. There can be no better thing for a people than to arrange their affairs in a manner consistent with the nature of the One who has created and sustains all things (Colossians 1:16,17).
Well done, Mr. Santorum. There is one who does seek to destroy the United States, and Chance isn’t his only name.