Conservatives, God, and the State

Friday, December 25, 2009
Posted in category State Worship

There are a couple of very notable posts on the blog. Lew Rockwell posts this comment, with a link to a most incredible video of a painting being created by an artist who equates the state – and all of its agents – with Jesus. Or as Charles Featherstone put it, “Jesus descending upon Capitol Hill with the U.S. Constitution in hand.” Note who is in the painting, including hired killers for the state whose butchering of innocents was also the inspiration of Jesus. Read Featherstone’s whole post, which is a fantastic attack on conservatives who seek to claim the state is divinely inspired. Modern conservatism is pathetic.

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8 Responses to Conservatives, God, and the State

  1. Shannon says:

    December 25th, 2009 at 12:17 pm

    Jesus turned over the tables in the temple. His teachings influenced and changed Paul, a former statist tax collector. I just don’t perceive him as one to be happy with the state, or any tyrannical rule for that matter. Even more repulsive, are some conservatives who quote from Romans 13, about obeying civil authority. It was one of Hitler’s favorite passages that he obviously put to good use by disarming and controlling the masses. Pathetic it is.

    On a happy note, Merry Christmas to you Karen.

  2. M. Terry says:

    December 25th, 2009 at 2:16 pm

    Seems that many “Christians” also approve of torture, as long as it’s people of a different faith being tortured for the security of the almighty “state.”

  3. John and Dagny Galt says:

    December 25th, 2009 at 5:16 pm

    Direct link to photo for your pleasure…hahaha


  4. John and Dagny Galt says:

    December 25th, 2009 at 5:31 pm

  5. Michael says:

    December 25th, 2009 at 11:10 pm

    I have to second Shannon’s comments. Jesus was a libertarian. ;)

  6. liberranter says:

    December 28th, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    “Conservative Christians” are neither.

  7. Robin says:

    December 30th, 2009 at 2:11 am

    The painting is blasphemous, but it also exhibits a combination of melodrama and lifelessness that is typical of communist propaganda imagery. The leaders and heroes are frozen in postures of fanatical moralizing or superhuman gravitas. The villains (lower right) gnash their teeth or cover their eyes. The true believers (lower left) gaze upward in adoration. It reminds me of the Albanian commie painting showing Enver Hoxha casting Nikita Khruschev out of the true church of pure communism (with Khruschev and his entourage cringing and grimacing just like the bad guys in the image above).

  8. david says:

    December 30th, 2009 at 5:34 pm

    This really is a good summation of American conservatism. After I became a Christian believer, back in the late ’70s, I was almost immediately confronted with the phenomenon of the Moral Majority. Something in me didn’t like the combination of theology and politics, it seemed inappropriate, but as one person I know said, “Falwell’s done more good by accident than I’ve done on purpose”. I knew that to be true in my case also, and there was the issue of not judging the sincere efforts of a brother. But the niggling doubts remained, even though I found myself in the Christian conservative camp before long, mainly as reaction to socialism. I felt that American Christians confuse the United States with the Kingdom. It’s a natural confusion, given that the United States, for all its flaws, has been an anomalously blessed place for 200 or so years. But the anomalous is returning to normalcy, the normalcy of most places at most times in history. Like people always and everywhere, we just can’t seem to stand prosperity. That I consider to be a good thing for the church. Once again, there will be a clear distinction between the Kingdom and the world. Not that there hasn’t always been, but when people get too comfortable, sometimes they just don’t want to make the distinction. Or the tough choice between the two.

    Having read LRC and other websites like this one for some time, I now am in the freedom camp. We are a small minority, however, and likely always will be. Sorry for the pessimism, but I just have to look at history and human nature objectively. God offered Israel the option of a stateless society with tremendous freedoms, but they rejected it and opted for the bondage of all their surrounding neighbors. This stateless society of ancient Israel in the time of the judges is the only one I know of to have ever occurred. Any comments/elaborations/corrections are welcomed on that. We seem to be also opting for state bondage here. The average person prefers security to freedom.

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