the ramblings of a self-professed postmodern existentialist christian mystic
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Reposted from a years-ago Live Journal post (but I thought it would be fun to repost here too)
"It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself." -Thomas Jefferson
This one reminds me of something I almost got "in trouble" for from some fellow fundies (I say fellow, because, remember, I don't just play on on LJ, I really am one, remember, in spite of my non-traditional fundy beliefs when it comes to living out that fundy faith) a while back. With all the "God and country" and "Christian nation" talk going around for the past few years, I asked some people I knew if they thought democracy was any more "godly" than other political systems.
They all seemed to think it was.
To which I responded, "Okay, but we don't have a democracy, never have. We have a republic. We don't want to be responsible for our own decisions. We just want to elect other people to make them for us. How godly is that system?"
They seemed to think it was far more "right" or "holy" or "good" than any of the other systems -- you know, the "bad" ones like dictatorship, communism, socialism, etc.
So, being a real smartass, I pressed the point. "Which political system do you think God supports?" I asked.
They thought and looked around, and they figured it had to be one of the good ol' American, Christian nation systems.
So I closed in like a cliched hawk. "Well, I hate to burst your bubble, but the only system God seems to favor [at least in Christian scripture] is something I guess I'd have to call a theocracy, or government by God alone, Who chooses leaders for temporary work when needs arise. He only allowed even a monarchy to show people how much they were asking for their own doom when they wanted a king 'like all the other cool nations have.' So, if we really wanted to be this 'Christian nation' we talk about, shouldn't we use our Fundy political power to do away with the 3 bodies and 2 party system and abolish self-government all together?"
They all looked at me funny.
At this point, I could almost hear the wheels turning in their heads, thinking "But then who'd get prayer back in school and keep the 10 Commandments on public property, not to mention keep people from pissing on crucifixes, having sex with their own gender, and using the word "ass" on 8:00 PM TV shows?
"And here I thought we were all biblical literalists," I added for fun.
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