One Nation Under God: Why Our Laws Must Reflect Christ
Because Jesus is the reigning KING of the entire universe—and not a libertarian pacifist—He absolutely maintains a law. He maintains a standard. If he doesnt, then what does his authority even mean? And on what basis will he condemn those who are reprobate? Do you see? The world, whether it likes it or not, whether it believes it or not, is under his sovereign rule—even now. And everyone, atheist or not, will bow to him and answer to him for what they did on this earth.
Concerning Roe V Wade, I’ve read some stuff that criticizes Dobbs for “forcing the Christian religion on everyone.” Another said that this ruling makes us a theocracy.
First of all, it would be great for the whole earth to be governed by Biblical law (not theocratically, per se), but we are nowhere near that at the moment. Second of all, what do Christians think Jesus meant when he said that he now has “all authority” in heaven and on earth? Do we think that he only cares what happens in church buildings? That’s a very small part of the earth. He didn’t say he was given all authority in heaven and “in the church.” He said, all of the earth is subject to him.
Practically, this means that every earthly king is subject to him. In fact, Romans 13 says that governments are agents of the Lord Jesus. Agents that he actively sets up to carry out his justice. They are expected to serve at the command of Christ. They are not permitted to do whatever in the world they want. They are free to do as they will, but not permitted. And there’s a huge difference between freedom and permission.
So, given our common dissonance between church and state, let me offer a hypothetical scenario for you to chew on. Imagine that America maintained its democratic republic, and imagine that the majority of Americans were Satanists. Or, let’s say—to be more PC—the majority worshipped Molech. Ancient worshippers of Molech would appease their demon god by sacrificing their sons and daughters to him on altars. This happened in history, and there’s no reason to say it couldn’t happen again.
In that world—if you can imagine it—would any of us think it politically expedient or proper or even permissible to let Molech’s worshippers sacrifice their children? Remember, in my scenario, they have the majority. And that majority would be represented democratically. And remember, it’s not right to govern secular society by Biblical principle. God’s law is ONLY for Christians, don’t you know? I’m just the devil’s advocate.
In that world, imagine somebody jumping in to say, “This isn’t right! We need to make child sacrifice illegal!” And then imagine a Christian minority retorting, “Now now—while I personally don’t agree with child sacrifice, it’s neither my nor your place to force OUR religion on anyone. So be quiet! You’re starting to sound like a theocrat…”
Can you imagine that? Obviously, in Molech’s world, somebody is gonna step in to make the moral argument somewhere. Somebody is gonna say, it’s just not right to murder human beings—even if Molech is bloodthirsty. Would it matter that the Molechrats had the majority?
Often I hear Christians posturing themselves as personally pro-life, while they maintain a politically pro-choice stance—“because,” they say stuffily, “it’s simply NOT okay to FORCE my religion on anyone!”
This line of thinking breaks down quickly. Legally forbidding murder is categorically different than enforcing the Christian religion. Criminalizing abortion is NOT a theocratic move. That’s like saying, the Chinese government is Christian because they forbid murder.
Nevertheless, whereas the Christian “religion” cannot be imposed on anyone, God DOES expect that every system of law would represent His law—and that human authorities would personally rule on the basis of his law.
I understand that the knee jerk reaction is to reject that statement. But consider this. Christians everywhere believe that Jesus is the reigning king (and kings have standards); and they also believe that governments will be judged for their failures to submit to God. How then do we miss the necessary inference? God expects worldly governments to enforce laws which punish evildoers and reward workers of righteousness. That’s literally what Romans 13 teaches. There is no getting around this.
So, I’m at a point where I frankly don’t care if it seems like Christianity is being forced on anyone. The fact is, the Christian faith is being forced on no one. The only way to be Christian is to believe that Jesus is the Son of God. And yet, there are governing rules of virtue and morality that exist in the world for God and because of God. And every authority on earth is expected to submit to them—and to enforce them.
So, I’m thankful that our government has admitted that abortion is not a constitutionally protected right. But it needs to go further than that. Abortion should be made outright illegal. In the same way that murder is illegal. And theft is illegal. And no fault divorce was once illegal. And abuse is illegal. And the list goes on. All of these things are illegal not because men arbitrarily made them so—but because there is a God who made us and who put his laws within our hearts.
Jesus is the King. God established the world in justice and righteousness. We cannot pretend as though his governing order should begin and end within the walls of churches. It’s quite obvious that he’s concerned with everyone, everywhere. Our laws can never force faith on anyone. But they sure better reflect the One seated on his throne. And Truly, this will be better for everyone.