The image above came across my Facebook news feed the other day, and it resonated with me.
In America, we are faced with the legalization of same-sex marriage, the legalization of medicinal marijuana, as well as marijuana in general is some states. We are faced with decisions being made by our government that go against the grain of our religious beliefs and morals.
And, we do what every red-blooded, Bible-believing, Christ-following people do: we whine about about it. I’m sorry, but it’s true.
We sit and we complain. We talk about how America was founded on Christian morals and beliefs (a lie; most of our founding fathers were Deists, not Christians) and that Washington and the founding fathers would be extremely disappointed in us (probably, but that’s neither here nor there).
We say that since America is a Christian nation (yet another lie) then the laws that America’s government passes should reflect the Christian and biblical foundation of our nation.
When that doesn’t happen, we boycott. We start signing petitions, going to rallies, protesting outside of courthouses and federal buildings.
We join people who are organizing anti-gay marches. We line up with the people who say no to transgender bathrooms.
We do all we can to force everyone around us to conform to our beliefs.
And that, my friends, is wrong. And it is un-Christian.
We do not live in a theocracy.
Real quick, for those of you who don’t know what a theocracy is: a theocracy is a form of government in which God or some other deity is recognized as the supreme civil ruler, the God’s or deity’s laws being interpreted by the ecclesiastical authorities.
In other words, God rules, but the priests or divine leaders interpret and enforce His laws and ordinances.
This was what Israel was before their demand for a king, and technically they still were a theocracy when they had a king, but it had a monarchial twist to it.
Regardless, we do not live in a theocracy, where God’s laws and expectations of how we are to live does not apply to everyone. We do not live in a country where Christian laws are the law of the land.
We live in a democracy, where we are free to express ourselves. This democracy was originally built with freedom in mind.
It was designed as a place where all voices would be heard by the representatives of each state or territory and laws and rules would be passed or abolished in order to accomplish the common good.
America is not a theocracy. It never was, and it never will be. Stop trying to turn it into one.