Sunday, January 29, 2006

The Revolting Elites

Russ Moore wrote recently of the spiritual dangers of blogging. Devoid of irony, Moore writes at his Henry Institute web log that blogging "seems to be the newest way to mask paranoia, cynicism, and just plain pugilism."

Evidently there are folks sitting in their underwear or pouring down lattes at Starbucks just aching to engage in gossip-mongering. Even worse, says Moore, are "martyr bloggers" who rant and rave about "the conspiratorial machinations of 'The Man.'"

As "The Man" is a frequent target of derision at the Dow Blog, I was interested in Moore’s comments.

So who is "The Man," anyway? Well, I’m attempting to give a humorous personification to an anti-Christian global elite. Yes, I know, I’m not funny.

I begin with the presupposition of God’s ultimate sovereignty. God created the cosmos and he is a personal God, revealed to us in the persons of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Likewise men are responsible personal agents—responsible to God and to one another. God ultimately governs history, but it is also a cosmic struggle between God and Satan, covenant-keepers and covenant-breakers, good and evil.

History is thus both personal and conspiratorial. The conspirators are doing battle against God. "Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying, 'Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.' He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the LORD shall hold them in derision. Then shall he speak unto them in wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure" (Ps. 2:1-5).

Notice it is "the kings of the earth" ("The Man"?) who conspire against God. In my estimation, statism is the form of idolatry most likely to ensnare Christians. This is especially true given the alleged success of the "Religious Right" in influencing American politics. In certain circles, Fox News and George Bush have been virtually deified. But as Rushdoony has written, "every state or social order is a religious establishment. Every state is a law order, and every law order represents an enacted morality, with procedures for the enforcement of that morality. Every morality represents a form of theological order, i.e., is an aspect and expression of a religion."

Is there any doubt that a cosmopolitan, anti-Western, anti-Christian elite has established control of virtually every viable institution, including the instruments of cultural dissemination and political control (i.e., the state)? Is there any question that said elite is an ally of humanism?

As I’ve written recently polytheism, under the guise of religious tolerance and pluralism, is the new American religion. But polytheism has no universal scope and makes no universal claims. Rather it limits its jurisdiction to a small corner of life. Having relegated the church of Christ to nothing but a “soul-saving” institution the church has effectively capitulated to polytheism.

Because the Bible has been relegated to a devotional book, the Church no longer teaches that God is sovereign in the affairs of men, thus the state is freed to pursue a humanistic course.

In a Biblical social order "government" and "state" are not synonymous terms. For the Christian, all government begins with self-government. The regenerating work of the Holy Spirit is the starting point of all self-government. Those who are dead in trespasses and sins must be given a new heart and a new spirit.

Other human agencies (governments) with limited degrees of authority are ordained by God for His glory. The family, church, State, vocation, voluntary associations, etc., are to serve as His ministers, working out His will.

The Biblical role for the state is limited to the administration of just laws to defend life and property, punish criminals, and defend the innocent. In other words, the state’s role is to restrain evil by exacting negative sanctions and it is not a redemptive institution. But the modern therapeutic state has usurped all authority to its bosom, and seeks to make us "good" through stringent enforcement of anti-discrimination laws, hate crimes legislation, diversity training, speech codes, and messianic public education to take just a few examples. This is salvation through legislation and it is an enemy of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The State seeks to bring about justification by law rather than justification by faith, and seeks the destruction of all institutions that mediate between the individual and the God-State.

In short "The Man," in the guise of the modern state, is at war with God, attempting to supplant Him and destroy a Biblical social order. To pretend that impersonal forces guide history, an idea Dr. Moore would not endorse, is simply dangerous. To argue that "conspiracies," some Satanic in origin, are not a reality is foolish. To deride such concerns as "paranoia, cynicism, and just plain pugilism" is just plain uncharitable.

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