The Lure of Theocracy – Christianity Today Magazine
Phillip Yancy at ChristianityToday has an article up about the lure of theocratic rule. He uses Islam in the Middle East, where many countries use Islam not as law but guiding cultural principle, as an example. But those who seem to be working so hard to establish a theocracy here in the U.S. would be wise to read this as a warning.
As soon as you give over control of civil government to those who are lead from beginning to end by the belief that they are guided by spiritual beliefs you automatically create something very dangerous. What happens to Muslims in the U.S. if we accept the notion that this is a Judeo-Christian nation? What happens to Lutherans if these leaders decide that Methodist dogma is preferable above all others? The problem with Christianity is that there are many different factions of Christianity out there that will all vie for superiority in much the same way that Iraq is being torn apart by sectarian violence. All those people think their way is the best.
There are areas government should not get involved in, and areas it’s currently in that it should get out of. Religion is an important thing for individuals, but a scary thing for governments to begin using. That’s because like everything else, it will be used against a portion of the citizenry.