According to the dictionary, a theocracy is government by divine guidance, either rule directly by a god or by those who regard themselves as appointed by god. A case in point is ancient Israel, when after the last king the priests assumed the role as agents for YHWH, who was considered the true king of Israel. Obviously, such a government eschews both the will and desires of the people.
We have in the United States a document called the Constitution. The preamble of that document significantly rules out any form of divine rule, any possibility of theocracy:
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
God isn’t mentioned here or in the body of the Constitution. This is significant and it’s an insurmountable defense against any attempted usurpation by God or his benighted followers.
The Constitution is the will of the people of the United States of America: Our rule, our government, and our votes. God doesn’t get a vote. He doesn’t get a say. He doesn’t even get an honorable mention. No God in the Constitution. Sorry. Do not pass go, do not collect a crown.
No god does, not my god, not your god, nor do any priests. This is our country, not God’s, ours, because our ancestors willed it into existence after fighting and dying for the right to do so.
So why is it that a new email for Rick Perry’s The Response speaks of America as a theocracy, and of “God’s” will overruling that of the People? Look at the contents of this email: God, Christianity, the church. None of that is in the Constitution. But what IS in the Constitution is glaringly absent: Where is “the people”?
Not in Houston on August 6th:
In Joel’s day Israel experienced the destruction of a massive locust plague. The nation’s economy was crippled because of the decimation of the agriculture. The reason these plagues came was because of the people’s negligence to worship and serve God with their whole heart. Because the people grew cold and eventually departed from God, they experienced incredible hardships. The result of their inner departure was multiple external crises.
In America today we face a similar crisis. We have watched sin escalate to a proportion the nation has never seen before. We live in the first generation in which the wholesale murder of infants through abortion is not only accepted but protected by law. Homosexuality has been embraced as an alternative lifestyle. Same-sex marriage is legal in six states and Washington, D.C. Pornography is available on-demand through the internet. Biblical signs of apostasy are before our very eyes. While the United States still claims to be a nation “under God” it is obvious that we have greatly strayed from our foundations in Christianity.
This year we have seen a dramatic increase in tornadoes that have taken the lives of many and crippled entire cities, such as Tuscaloosa, AL & Joplin, MO. And let us not forget that we are only six years from the tragic events of hurricane Katrina, which rendered the entire Gulf Coast powerless.
Furthermore, because of mismanagement and greed, our national economy is in incredible disarray, with our national debt topping 14 trillion dollars. We have effectively mortgaged our children’s future, while spending money we do not have on entitlements as we search in vain for “the American dream”. The first “wave of locusts” has begun to descend upon us and many are oblivious to the fact that destruction has come and is still coming.
God destined America to be a gospel beacon to the rest of the earth a nation under God who declares His goodness, truth and mercy to a world desperately in need. How we have strayed from God’s original intent for us! The crisis is extreme and the hour is urgent.
The Response email includes several days’ worth of items to consider. And while Religious Right groups like the AFA often blame secularists, homosexuals, liberals, feminists, environmentalists, and President Obama for the nation’s problems, today’s email suggests the real problem is that the Church has not been fervent enough:
Often the church imagines that it is the wickedness of unbelievers that causes the deterioration of a nation. While unbelievers do contribute to a nation’s moral state, Scripture is clear – God holds His people responsible for their actions and identifies their sin or obedience as the key contributor to the blessing or cursing of a nation. . . .
There is much at stake for the church in America. In many ways we are at a crossroads of two divergent paths. Either the church will turn to the Lord with her whole heart, sparking a great revival and reformation in our nation, or she will continue in compromise, keeping the status quo as we watch our nation turn to debauchery, sin and ultimately destruction.
Thanks for the Old Testament lesson. But what has that to do with the United States of America? You won’t find this in any American history books and with good reason. What does the “church” (whatever that is) have to do with the United States of America? Nothing. Nothing at all.
Compare these words to the Constitution’s:
The Response: God destined America to be a gospel beacon to the rest of the earth a nation under God who declares His goodness, truth and mercy to a world desperately in need. How we have strayed from God’s original intent for us!
The Constitution: We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
Clearly, God didn’t do anything. The Founding Fathers knew that. The people did. The people rose up against Great Britain, defeated Great Britain, and then, through first the Articles of Confederation and then the U.S. Constitution, established a new nation. God nowhere appears in that equation. He’s completely absent from the Founding documents.
The Founding Fathers didn’t even bother to take a break to cross the street to pray to him while debating the contents of the Constitution.
How then, does God suddenly enter into the picture? Look at the words again: His “original intent”?
The people who go into Reliant Stadium on August 6th are turning their backs on “We the people”, they are turning their backs on the U.S. Constitution and they are turning their backs on America and embracing some completely new America, an America that never existed, an America that was never meant to exist, an America ruled not by the people but by a god the Founding Fathers didn’t even bother to mention.
I say to those people, it’s time to choose whether you will stand with your fellow citizens and remain true to the promise of America as envisioned by our Founding Fathers, or if you are turning your backs on us, on this country, and on that shared promise. If you go into that stadium, you might as well burn a copy of the Constitution at the door, because you’ll have shown that’s all it is to you: ashes.