Uprooting the political status quo

Beginning a Case for Christian Anarchy

To start, Anarchy is simply the absense of government.  Don’t confuse it with riots, warfare, and chaos.

Does it strike Christians strange that the Bible is so silent on the proper form of government?  The Bible never mentions democracy.  God doesn’t seem to like monarchy.  It’s silly to suggest that Jesus supports socialism.  Jesus makes very few references to government outside of “render unto Caesar.”  Why would he go to the trouble of giving instructions on fasting, yet be so silent on proper government?

Maybe, ultimately, Jesus knows that government is a pragmatic tool, invented by man out of his sin.  Maybe Jesus thinks that we don’t need government at all.  Maybe we need redemption through him, and not through men.

From the beginning, man has been trying to replace God with themselves. – Genesis 3:4-5 “You will not surely die,” the serpent said to the woman.  “For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God,…”

At the Tower of Babel – Genesis 11:4 “Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens,…”

In Canaan – 1 Samuel 8:6-7 – But when they said, “Give us a king to lead us,” this displeased Samuel; so he prayed to the Lord.  And the Lord told him: “Listen to all that the people are saying to you; it is not you they have rejected, but they have rejected me as their king.”

Inherent in our thinking on politics is the idea that if we could just shape our government in a certain way, our world could be a dramatically better place.  Many Christians even go so far as to believe that government can create a highly righteous and moral society.  When we do this, we are just like the Israelites in Canaan who rejected God as their king.

Salvation of our society does not come from the systems we design.  It begins individually with the redemptive power of Christ to conform our minds to God’s wisdom.  If God clears greed from your heart, do you need a law against stealing?  If God clears jealousy from your heart, do you need a law agaisnt gossip or slander?  The greater the redemption, the fewer laws we need.  If all men were fully redeemed we wouldn’t need any laws at all.  The Christian ideal then is Anarchy.


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