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Congressional Issues 2014
GOVERNMENT
Theocracy!



A group calling itself "Americans United for Separation of Church and State" claims that James Dobson of Focus on the Family "SEEKS A FUNDAMENTALIST THEOCRACY." Doesn't that sound frightening? In fact, all Dr. Dobson wants is what America's Founding Fathers wanted: children in public schools should be taught that the Declaration of Independence is really true, and what it teaches is really true:

Not to mention the fact that America's founding charter says that any time a government claims to be god, it ought to be abolished.

If the teaching of these ideas creates a "fundamentalist theocracy," then America is clearly a "fundamentalist theocracy," because the foundational charters of this nation endorse and promote those ideas.

If you went to a secular school run by the government, everything you know about the word "Theocracy" is wrong.

The "mainstream media" and the secular (atheist) government in Washington D.C. love to use the word "Theocracy" as a boogeyman to obstruct calls to cut harmful and wasteful government programs and promote personal responsibility.

You've been brainwashed to believe that every "Theocracy" in history is a tyrannical police-state led by priests or an ayatollah.

But the word "Theocracy" literally means "God governs." It doesn't mean "priests govern." It doesn't mean "The Ayatollah governs." It means "GOD governs."

For the Lord is our judge, the Lord is our lawgiver, the Lord is our king; he will save us.
Isaiah 33:22

Benjamin Franklin, addressing the delegates to the Convention that gave us the Constitution, said

God governs in the affairs of men

This idea is known as "Providence." God intervenes in human history and alters what would otherwise be the "natural" course of events. He does this in response to prayer, to judge evil, or to bless righteousness. Providence is the opposite of "deism," which claims that God wound up the world like a clock, started it ticking, and walked away, never again to interfere with "natural law." Not a single person who signed the Constitution was a "deist." Not one. The Founders believed in Providence. They believed God governs.

A well-governed society, in the Christian conception, depends upon "self-government." It depends upon the people obeying the Lawgiver spoken of by Isaiah. It depends upon people conforming their lives to "the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God," which Blackstone correctly said were to be found "only in Holy Scripture." Teaching the Bible in public schools was therefore "necessary for good government and the happiness of mankind."

God governs when we obey His commandments.

The vast majority of Americans, victims of educational malpractice, believe that under a "Theocracy," a group of men -- priests, ayatollahs, mullahs, monks -- govern the rest of us -- in the name of God. If your society believes in a god that commands a priesthood to rule over others, then this is the kind of "theocracy" you'll have. But this is not the Theocracy of America's Founding Fathers. They believed in the God of the Bible, who does not command us to set up a religious oligarchy. Very plainly, any attempt to set up an earthly government is considered by the God of the Bible to be a rejection of God Himself. See 1 Samuel 8.

America's Founders intended America to be a Christian Theocracy.

Any nation that claims to be "one nation under God" is claiming that God is over the nation, and therefore that nation is a "Theocracy." Any government that will not admit that it is "under God" is a government that claims it  is  God.

When America was a Christian Theocracy ("one nation under God"), it was the most prosperous and admired nation in history.
When America became a secular theocracy (where every man is his own god, and the government is "separate" from God), America substituted bankruptcy for prosperity and ridicule for admiration.

My campaign slogan is "Liberty Under God." Most other politicians are not willing to bring God into politics as consistently and explicitly as I am. They know that if they do they will be criticized by a shrill minority for advocating "theocracy."

I advocate "Theocracy."

America was once a Theocracy. Every single colony.

The Declaration of Independence is a Theocratic document.

The 20th century will be known as the century that repudiated the idea of "theocracy" and became the most violent century in the history of the human race. And in America, the secular federal government now prohibits teachers in its schools from teaching students that the Declaration of Independence is really true.

Because I oppose the violence and the illiteracy of secularism, I support "theocracy." Specifically, I believe we should move in the direction of a pure Christian Theocracy.

Benjamin Rush signed the Declaration of Independence and served in the Presidential administrations of John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison -- each of whom came from a different political party. And of what party was Rush?

I have been alternately called an aristocrat and a democrat. I am now neither. I am a Christocrat. I believe all power . . . will always fail of producing order and happiness in the hands of man. He alone Who created and redeemed man is qualified to govern him.

We have been trained by secular government schools and secular government-controlled media to criticize "theocracy" -- the rule of God -- but to unquestioningly accept the rule of man -- and the murder of hundreds of millions of people by governments that officially reject God.

Are you ready to become a supporter of "Theocracy?"
Do you have an open mind?
Are you ready to think?

The links above are a good place to start. Here are more:



Introduction

"Theocracy in Biblical law is
the closest thing to a radical libertarianism
that can be had."
R.J. Rushdoony, "The Meaning of Theocracy"

It is an undeniable fact of American history that this nation was designed to be a nation "under God." "Under God" is the literal meaning of the word "theocracy."

I am willing to admit that I advocate "Theocracy." My goal is to turn America into a Christian Theocracy. 

This frightens most Americans, and understandably so. When most Americans think of "theocracy" they envision a nation dominated by corrupt priests or armed ayatollahs. In the post 9-11 era, "Taliban" might be the word most frequently associated with the word "theocracy." 

There is a world of difference between Osama bin Laden's version of a Muslim theocracy and the prophet Micah's version of a Christian Theocracy, an ideal which had a great influence in creating America. 

Micah's world of "swords into plowshares" and everyone safely "sitting under his vine and fig tree" is a world without terrorists, mullahs, priests, and politicians. In fact, Vine & Fig Tree advocates the complete elimination of the institutional church, as well as the complete elimination of the State, its borders and its military.

I believe America's Founding Fathers wanted America to be a Christian Theocracy, and I believe they would have supported my agenda if they could see our world today.

A Definition Surprising in its Simplicity

"Theocracy" comes from two Greek words, Theos, God, and kratein, to rule.
A Theocracy is where God rules, or governs.
Nothing here about priests; nothing here about the Taliban; nothing about a policeman standing on every corner.

  • A society where priests rule is better called an "ecclesiocracy" or "hierocracy."
  • A society where a king rules is called a "monarchy," and the Bible says this form of government is a rejection of Theocracy (1 Samuel 8).
  • A society where lots of little kings rule -- but are called "princes," "presidents," "ministers," "commissars," "representatives," "senators," "CEO's," or anything else -- is still a violation of the spirit of 1 Samuel 8, and is thus not a "Theocracy."

Many societies throughout history have been called "theocracies." Some societies in our day are called "theocracies." America was once called a Theocracy. But our standard is not any other country, past or present. My goal is not to make America like any other nation, but to follow the blueprints given to us by our Creator. In America's Declaration of Independence, those blueprints are called "the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God."


"God Bless America"

We heard this phrase a lot in the days following 9-11. But do we really want God intervening in human history, changing things, ruling things, undoing what man has done? Isn't deism more comfortable: God creating the universe but stepping back, refusing to get involved in any way, letting man the new god have his own way? 

Are we a nation of hypocrites?

God Bless America, by Irving Berlin

"While the storm clouds gather far across the sea,
Let us swear allegiance to a land that's free,
Let us all be grateful for a land so fair,
As we raise our voices in a solemn prayer.

God Bless America.
Land that I love
Stand beside her, and guide her
Thru the night with a light from above.
From the mountains, to the prairies ,
To the oceans, white with foam
God bless America
My home sweet home."

From: http://usinfo.state.gov/usa/infousa/facts/symbols/songs.htm#GBA 
see also USA Today: http://www.usatoday.com/life/music/2001-09-18-god-bless.htm 

Every "solemn prayer" is a request for God to take charge. Every prayer is a request for Theocracy.


Theocracy: A society without priests and kings, all people reconciled to God and to each other, living in harmony and prosperity, blessed by God, governed by "the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God."


"Theocracy" vs. "Providence"

In a sense, God rules everywhere. Communist China can be said to be a part of "God's Government" or Theocracy, and the eye of faith can see God's judgments in China.

But the normal sense of the word "Theocracy" is a political state which officially acknowledges the authority of God and allows God to call the shots, politically speaking. We distinguish between "Theocracy" as a social state and "providence" as God's government over nations which do not have a Theocratic form of "government."


Democracy vs. Theocracy

Theocracy vs. Ecclesiocracy

Theocracy vs. Theonomy


Dictionary Definitions

Was America Ever a Theocracy?

Theocracy vs. Ecclesiocracy: There is a Difference
What About “Theocracy?”

Conclusion

(continued from here)

If a "Theocracy" is where God makes the rules, then America was (or was dedicated to progress along the path of being) a benevolent, clergy-free Theocracy after 1776, a nation "under God." The Declaration of Independence declared that it was a Theocracy; a nation officially acknowledging "a firm reliance on the Protection of Divine Providence." The thinking of philosophers like Locke was embodied in the Declaration: "the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God" reflected the belief that America was obligated to obey God's will. That "God rules" America was clearly stated by every agency and branch of government on state and federal levels. As the Supreme Court in Holy Trinity vs. United States (1892) put it, "there is a single voice making this affirmation."
The real question is one of consistency:
Is America being consistent with its Theocratic claims?
The national motto is "In God We Trust."
Really?

Thus the question is not whether America is a Theocratic nation.

The question is, Are we consistent Theocracts, or are we backsliders and apostates? And if we are not consistent, can we really expect God to Bless America?

next: The State As Criminal


David Ramsay, An Eulogium Upon Benjamin Rush, M.D. Phila: Bradford and Inskeep, 1813) p. 103.  [Back to text]