Archive for August 2016

All Forms of Government Are Bad

August 30, 2016

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What kind of government is the best? In school the children are taught that the form of government they are under is the best. … All of the different forms of government, from anarchy to absolute despotism, are according to the purpose of God. They are all bad insofar as they are not subject to God … [However] God does not make all authority bad now. He gives good rulers once in a while by way of change, because we need the contrasts … [But] It is their failure that fulfills God’s purpose.

KnochA.E. Knoch (1874-1965)
Unsearchable Riches, Volume 36, 1945
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The Warfare State

August 22, 2016

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Christians who condone the warfare state and its nebulous crusades against “evil” have been duped. There is nothing “Christian” about the state’s aggressive militarism, its senseless wars, its interventions into the affairs of other countries, and its expanding empire.

Lawrence M VanceLaurence M. Vance
Christianity and War, and Other Essays Against the Warfare State (2005), p. ix
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Omnipotent Moral Busybodies

August 16, 2016

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“Theocracy” is the worst of all governments. If we must have a tyrant, a robber baron is far better than an inquisitor. The baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep … but the inquisitor who mistakes his own cruelty and lust of power and fear for the voice of Heaven will torment us infinitely, because he torments us with the approval of his own conscience and his better impulses appear to him as temptations. And since Theocracy is the worst, the nearer any government approaches to Theocracy the worse it will be. Of all tyrannies a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies.

CSLewisC.S. Lewis (1898-1963)
Of Other Worlds (page 81)
The Humanitarian Theory of Punishment (June 1953)
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Involvement in Political Matters

August 13, 2016

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Insofar as we become involved in the matters of the kingdoms of this world, we lose our magnetic vocation, and we shall involve ourselves in chaos from which it will take a very great deal to extricate us.

That has been the historic tragedy of Christendom: it has in various ways become linked up with the kingdoms and interests of this world, and that is the secret of its spiritual ineffectiveness. The Body of Christ is a heavenly thing since Christ, its Head, has ascended, and all that comes down into and through His Body is heavenly in source and nature. This is utterly different from the things of earth.

Moreover, we’re not here to establish or extend the Kingdom of Heaven in the earth. We are here to testify of the Lord Jesus Christ, to establish a testimony in the nations. The Kingdom of Heaven is for a later time.

T Austin SparksT. Austin-Sparks (1888-1971)
A Witness and a Testimony, July 1927
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