Laodiceans at the White House

by Becky Akers

Irony gushed from the White House on Tuesday as the head of one empire praised the scorned, tortured and executed Victim of another at an “Easter Prayer Breakfast.” “Hypocrisy” doesn’t begin to describe this brazen performance from a corrupt, arrogant, and thieving liar — but after all, Barack Obama would not be where he is today had he not mastered such vices. Politics is dirty, and only the filthiest of criminals triumph at it.

Those criminals have co-opted religions for their assorted administrations since time began. And their ploy worked as long as the religion was the pagan sort that worshipped power, whether in nature or in gods that were only sinful men writ large. Zeus was capricious, lustful, supercilious, ruthless, vain — not only a model but an excuse for Roman emperors who deified themselves. False religion was — and still is — the handmaid of the State. Both originate from the pit of hell to bamboozle and manipulate their devotees. Both genuflect to the same idol: power, i.e., control over other men.

Then along came the Bible with its revelation of God’s love for sinners and the Christianity that love begot. For the first time, the world saw a “religion” that opposed the State, that defied it, in fact, by denouncing its brutal grip on men, that said, “Wielding power over others is wrong. Men are not cogs in a machine to achieve rulers’ wills but infinitely valuable beings created in God’s image. Love them instead — which means treating them as you would want them to treat you.” I have yet to hear any politician ask us to ticket him because he didn’t buckle up in his limo, force him to buy health insurance we select for him, waterboard him, raise his taxes, throw him in jail because he chooses a drug we disapprove, or send his children to bomb folks he’s never met who’ve never harmed him.

God is love. But government is power, love’s antithesis. Beneath every law, regulation, tax, and program lies the threat of physical power — lethal power, ultimately, if we don’t yield to the State all it demands. The freedom love requires, its voluntary nature, are government’s direst enemies: the State would wither overnight were its minions Christian enough to grant taxpayers the liberty and voluntariness that are love’s sine qua non.

That makes government, limited or totalitarian, elective, despotic, or monarchic, Satan’s citadel. Which explains why the State naturally and inevitably violates the Ten Commandments. It murders and steals, then lies by pooh-poohing its sins as “war” and “taxation.”

Satan himself boasts about owning government when he tempts Jesus after His forty days in the wilderness: “Again, the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to Him, ‘All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.’” Does Satan show our Lord the marketplaces of the world, its homes or shops? No. Rather, he points out the “kingdoms” (βασιλεία in Greek, “kingdom or dominion”).

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