In Defense of Christian Theopolitics
Again, as has so often happened in our Nation’s history, the issue of religion and politics has become prominent in media and in political pundit’s comments about a candidate for our only National office, The Presidency. This disquisition will mention no formal names, as the purpose is not to discuss personality, but philosophy. The philosophy of governance, as expressed in out Framing Father’s documents, is devolved from the education and experiences of those men, and their families, in a unique time, a unique culture, in the course of human history.
It is culture that we study, whether named “history” or “anthropology”; whether drawn from the written words of ancestors or the derelicts of their civilizations. Culture, phrased in its simplest form, is the beneficial grouping of disparate individuals or families in an organized communal relationship. Beneficial always or it is merely a temporary grouping of such persons before dissolution by nature, war or migration. And the primary benefit is always procreation, the continuing evolution of body and brain toward a higher purpose, a natural progression of the human animal toward an enlightened consciousness. All cultures define themselves by their response to this ectoplasmic intrusion; for all cultures change, alter their mores in an unpredictable advancement of time and knowledge. We exist in a linear universe of countable intervals measured by the movement of the sun, yet the count of our species is infinitesimal when compared to the count of days our biome’s solar orbit. Even in such an acutely short time, we have evolved to a point no other species have ever reached, the point of suicide, the realm of mutually assured destruction. We are the only known specie on the only known life supporting planet whose zenith, whose greatest accomplishment, is the certainty, the inevitability of extinction at our own hand.
We lately speak of the unknown wistfully. We speak sadly of a continent tamed, of all the highest mountains climbed, all the land mapped, the rivers charted, all the land and all the animals subjugated to our prowess as masters of all we survey. We seem to have nothing but space to conquer, but may ask reasonably, to what purpose? What new planet can we reach in even a thousand lifetimes?
There is a point to be made here, and that is that the most frightening unknown, the terror of our times, is tomorrow. We are quotidian creatures, fearless in the sun, confident in the now; we assert that we control our own destiny, are accountable for our actions, the refrain of us all is “everything is under control.” And yet, is it? Our sense of control is temporally limited, extending only to the last minute of consciousness, the last second before we needfully fall asleep, and trust our fate to others. We expect that everything will remain the same, that we will awaken still in control of our destiny, still certain of our future, still on a path we have chosen as best for ourselves to reach that…, to enjoy life before…, to stave off illness…, to survive anything life throws at us, that is anything except death.
We are bearers of the seed, we cradle the egg, we impregnate or become pregnant, we are bornlivedie in a flash of geologic time. We are a joke among the earth’s creatures, only we homo-sapiens “know” we will die, and only we question why that must be.
It is in seeking the answer to that singular question that we define our western culture as an experiment, not as an accident. Other cultures see themselves as a conclusion of nature, or an extension of a unitary omnipotent life force; we see ourselves as a chosen people, as inheritors of promises fulfilled, and most importantly, we see each of ourselves as an image and likeness of a divine creator.
There would be no America today, without that notion, that creed, that faith, and if the firmament of that belief is shaken, forgotten, deemed an anachronism and unnecessary, there will be no America tomorrow.
The thesis I will present in this article is simple, As America needs God, so to does American Government need God. The hypotheses I propose to prove is that no other culture other than colonial America could create a nation such as we now inhabit, and I will demonstrate that no other culture which has attempted to do so has succeeded.
To be continued…