What is theocracy?
In the worldview of liberalism, theocracy is the vicious, tyrannical rule of Christians over everyone else.
In the worldview of most Christians, theocracy is something Christians need to avoid so that we are not the mean, vicious, tyrannical bullies our liberal friends worry about.
Alas, both sides are completely confused.
In fact, every nation in world history, without exception, is and must be a theocracy. Theocracy is an inescapable concept. A country will be able to escape being a theocracy when it can escape gravity, can escape our human necessity to breathe air.
There are many different types of theocracies, but every nation is a theocracy and cannot escape being one.
Every nation is ruled by a god and his law word. The U.S. is a theocracy right now. Man is our god. Of course it gets complex, immediately. Leftist man wants leftist man’s law word to rule. There are forces in the country which don’t like that idea, and try to restrain leftist man. So in practice the U.S. is a sort of mixed theocracy (“mixed up and splendid,” as Huck Finn might say), with different gods contending (via their champions) for hegemony. But we are certainly a theocracy right now. We don’t have to wait for a Christian theocracy, or an Islamic theocracy. We are a theocracy already.
It would be humorous, were it not so frustrating, to hear leftist commentators so often and so solemnly warn against theocracy. What they mean is, watch out for Christians ruling with their vicious God of the Bible. The leftists seem totally clueless that they themselves are theocrats agitating for a leftist theocracy pleasing to their god (leftist man). I often wonder, are these people really so lacking in self-consciousness as not to understand that they are advocating a type of theocracy? My guess is that these leftists really are that foolish. Leftists in general seem incapable of logical thought. So here is just one more thing for them to be illogical about.
Unfortunately, Christians are as blank on the issue as are leftists. Most Christians really do worry that if we Christians get in control of things that we will be vicious bullies torturing our enemies to death.
So Christians don’t want a theocracy, either.
But theocracy is inescapable. In fact, Christians could end up being vicious bullies torturing our enemies to death! But it wouldn’t be because we were a theocracy. It would be because we were a certain type of theocracy.
As Christians, we need to think more clearly. We need to face the fact that theocracy is inescapable–and then to think through what kind of theocracy we want.
Here is where the loveliness of covenantal thinking (biblical thinking) comes in. Under covenantal Christianity, Christians are willing to leave other people alone and trust to God to run world history. Thus Christians should be quite willing to let the leftists have their own leftist theocracies. We Christians will be hard-pressed even to rule ourselves in a manner pleasing to the God of the Bible. So we can readily grant to other people the right to rule themselves according to the teaching of their god. If the humanist leftists want to rule in opposition to God, well, God can deal with them if He wants to.
We Christians are not ready to rule ourselves under God. We don’t want that much responsibility. But God wants us to be responsible. God wants us to be “mature,” people “who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil.” (Hebrews 5:14) We are not ready for this sort of “solid food,” but God has zero intention of running a nursery forever. So He gives us responsibilities, and He is going to keep on doing that.
One very simple, very easy thing we need to learn is that theocracy is inescapable. We haven’t learned that yet, but it is not really all that difficult to understand. Simply learning that lesson will be a move in the right direction. But learning that lesson is not enough. The next question is, what kind of theocracy do we want? Do we want to stay in the mixed theocracy we have now, with 57,000,000 unborn children murdered in 45 years, with constant preemptive wars killing foreigners and our own soldiers, with a soul-destroying welfare state?
Or do we want to have one or several Christian republics or monarchies (or something elses) where God is honored by our laws and our ways of living?
Right now, we are not too ready to think about such challenging things. But God insists on us becoming responsible. He is patient, and He gives us centuries to think about things we should and could have thought about in weeks, but He wants us to become “mature.” So I really don’t think He is going to let us off the hook. I don’t think He will let us wallow in the mindless mixed theocracy that we have now.
Leftists, try not to worry overmuch. If/when the U.S. breaks up, you will be in control of most of the land mass. We Christians just need a few places where we can have our theocracies. You will have your own theocracy or theocracies. Moreover, we Christians are not very ready for self-rule. We may not be able to out-produce and out-work you for a very long time. We need to grow up, and to become mature. We are not where we need to be spiritually, intellectually, or in any form of practical behavior. We are not a self-confident, thoughtful, productive people. So we may not be able to compete with you as well as we should be able to do. For my part, you are welcome to your own theocracies. Are you willing to leave us alone, while we leave you alone?
I doubt if you are ready to do that, but maybe. Don’t trust us. Why should you? Watch us like a hawk.
But, please, a few leftists, have the common sense and the honesty to understand that you are theocrats like everyone else on the planet, and that you want to set up a theocracy honoring your particular god. Maybe once you understand that, you will be slightly more willing to break up the great Rough Beast which is the United States. We can leave you alone, and you can leave us alone. We can compete. May the better god win.