This is the second of four parts about Christian Reconstruction and the religious take-over of the United States. Our great nation is in danger of being destroyed – from within, by the very people who claim to be so very and so devoutly patriotic. They are the same individuals who claim to love freedom, to almost worship the Constitution, and have set the Founding Fathers up as a modern version of Olympic deities complete with Thomas Jefferson as Zeus.
In many ways the revisionist version of American history mirrors their revisionist version of the Bible, Christianity, the Old Testament, Calvin, and life in general. It is an extremely dishonest movement, intellectually, where the leaders, Scary Gary North (the brains behind the Ron Paul ‘revolution’) and R. J. Rushdoony, along with Bill Gothard and then Doug Phillips basically created a new religion. Very little about it is Christian. It is a cult, nothing more, nothing less. It is a mean, cruel fundamentalist cult where there is no tolerance for opposing views or the differing of opinion.
“…Even without being corrupted by power, Rushdoony’s political intentions looked to be far more extreme that those of Adolf Hitler, Stalin. Chairman Mao or Pol Pot. He appears to have had no respect whatsoever for democracy – “The church today has fallen prey to the heresy of democracy.” (The Institutes of Biblical Law page 747.)
Like all would-be dictators, Rushdoony had no respect for the law (that is, any law that stands in his way) –”The only true order is founded on Biblical Law. All law is religious in nature, and every non-Biblical law-order represents an anti-Christian religion.” (Institutes of Biblical Law, page113) He also made it clear that he expects that force will be necessary to impose such order, “Every law-order is in a state of war against the enemies of that order, and all law is a form of warfare.” (Institutes of Biblical Law, page 93).
This looks to be a call for violence against democratically elected governments and those that support them. Indeed, it looks to be a call for war against all governments and their supporters that are in the way of Rushdoony’s murderous ambitions.
It should not be surprising to learn that Rushdoony had an intense dislike for toleration of other peoples’ opinions. Indeed, a central belief in his fantasy world was of segregation and/or separation according to religion and morality. The use of the term segregation also implies an underlying racism which we will see more of in this report.
Rushdoony believed that every attempt to destroy the principle of toleration (except toleration of himself and his murderous views) is an effort to reduce society to its lowest common denominator. Toleration is the excuse under which this levelling is undertaken, but the concept of toleration conceals a radical intolerance. “In the name of toleration, the believer is asked to associate on a common level of total acceptance with the atheist, the pervert, the criminal, and the adherents of other religions as though no differences existed.” (The Institutes of Biblical Law page 294.)
To put it simply, those that disagree with Rushdoony are the same as perverts and criminals.
Let’s have a look at some other of Rushdoony’s democratic credentials:
“The goal is the developed Kingdom of god, the New Jerusalem, a world order under god’s law.” (The Institutes of Biblical Law, page 357)
“One faith, one law and one standard of justice did not mean democracy. The heresy of democracy has since then worked havoc in church and state . . . Christianity and democracy are inevitably enemies.” (The Institutes of Biblical Law page 100)
“Christianity is completely and radically anti-democratic; it is committed to spiritual aristocracy.” (Rushdoony quoted in Anti-Defamation League book -The Religious Right: The Assault on Tolerance and Pluralism In America, David Cantor and Alan M. Schwartz, 1995 ISBN: 0385478410)
“The state is a bankrupt institution. The only alternative to this bankrupt ‘humanistic’ system is a God-centered government.” (See the Anti-Defamation League book -The Religious Right: The Assault on Tolerance and Pluralism In America, David Cantor and Alan M. Schwartz, 1995 ISBN: 0385478410)
“Democracy is the great love of the failures and cowards of life.” (Thy Kingdom Come, Studies in Daniel and Revelation, Rousas Rushdoony, 1970, page 39.)
Note the fundamentalist smearing of opponents – not only are they criminals and perverts but failures and cowards. Moreover, it is no good his apologists arguing that he didn’t really mean this. He went on the use the exact same phrase 17 years later in an interview with Bill Moyers for Public Service Broadcasting Television in the USA.
Let’s have another look at precisely what Rushdoony has said – “All who are content with a humanistic law system…are guilty of idolatry…they are asking us to serve other gods.” (Law and Society: Volume II of the Institutes of Biblical Law, page 468)….”
It is about controlling the message and creating laws to limit participation in society. These laws, like the one proposed in Arizona, will be allowed to discriminate, not only against the LGBT community, but even unmarried women. There is a reason for this. Godly Christian business owners (male, of course) do what they are told. Al Mohler thinks that being single is a sin. So do other religious leaders. It is only a matter of time before some godly man who owns a business states that he cannot hire single women because it is a sin.
“...A flavour of some of Rushdoony’s other moral bankruptcy can be seen, for example, on the inside cover of the November 1994 issue of the Chalcedon report – “Reconstructionist theology dictates (not the term dictates) that, among other things, women may not wear red dresses; all kitchens be Kosher; slavery be allowed; and women and children be chattel.”…”
According to Mark Rusdoony, Christian Reconstruction is anti-statist.
- A Godly society under Biblical law would have a small, limited government that would be protective of local governments. Liberty is essential to Christian Reconstruction’s vision.
- Theonomy is anti-big-government. Theonomy is not about political solutions.
- Biblical law has a very real government concern, but it’s primarily about the law of the Kingdom of God. Specifically, Biblical law is primarily about the law governing the citizens of the Kingdom of God.
- My father often referred to the rabbinical count of 613 laws in Scripture. His point was not whether this was an accurate count, but the small quantity of Biblical laws. Moreover, many of these laws had no civil or ecclesiastical penalty attached. The most obvious example of this is the tithe that had no provision for enforcement. Biblical laws involve a very limited role for civil and ecclesiastical governments to enforce them. That does not mean those laws without penalty were not binding, only that their enforcement was a personal responsibility, an exercise of personal faithfulness.
- Christian Reconstruction sees government as inclusive of more than the state. Man’s primary realm of government is self-government, so Christian Reconstruction is a message of personal accountability to God.
- The family is also a sphere of government. It is our first government, our first school, our first place of worship, our primary economic sphere. Christian Reconstruction is a message to families to care for their own and train them up to be free and Godly.
- The local church is a sphere of government. It oversees, trains, helps, and disciplines its members.
- The school is a form of government. You probably still have vivid memories of the rules and discipline of the schools you have attended. They created an order and held you accountable to it.
- Vocations involve a level of government. Some professions have extensive internal licensing, performance, and complaint review procedures.
- Society itself involves various spheres of government. Various private agencies and associations for artistic, charitable, historic, and cultural purposes impact our lives.
- Civil government is a legitimate and necessary sphere of government, but one that must not be allowed to control all others or we have totalitarianism.
- Christian Reconstruction is not about implementing Biblical Law through a political coup.
- Christian Reconstruction is not about capturing statist power so we can use it; it is about advancing the Kingdom of God and His righteousness.
- The ultimate political ambitions of Christian Reconstruction, such as they are, are to shrink the power of national and state governments and to increase the power of these other spheres.
- The primary functions of government are defense and justice. It is only in regard to the latter that we seek Biblical law in the realm of civil government.
- The power of civil magistrates that bears on evildoers must be a just and righteous standard, and that only comes from God’s law
One cannot be a reconstructionist and be a ‘patriotic’ American. The two systems are incompatible. They talk a good game, pretending to be the real ‘Americans’, but their agenda is contrary to freedom and democracy. They believe the Constitution to be against the will of God (read that Rushdoony). Anyone who demands freedom and democracy is a heretic. According to Gary North, we heretics must be executed.
Part Three provides a look into the libertarian version of North and Rushdoony’s strange world.