Bad Theology Makes Bad Politics
In an exchange with one of my liberal friends—who is, by the way, a professing Christian—I was shocked when he said, “So why is a world government a bad idea? Something like the United States of Earth—what’s wrong with that?”
This astounding remark arises straight out of his theology.
My friend puts a lot of stock in “reputable Bible scholars,” a synonym for liberal Bible scholars who crave the world’s good opinion, who don’t believe anything that’s written in the Bible. They especially don’t believe in Adam and Eve—a story, they say, concocted by priests, a fictional story like a Star Wars episode, a few centuries before Christ. Only benighted fundamentalists—like me, for instance—would believe it. Of course there were never any such persons as Adam and Eve, and no such place as Eden.
I don’t see how you can have Original Sin without the original sinners. But Reputable Bible Scholars Inc. says there weren’t any. Instead, believes my friend, the human race is the product of Darwinian Evolution, which is Irrefutable Science, as preached by that unimpeachable authority, Reputable Scientists Inc.
But if Evolution is the truth, then the most God could have done was to get the ball rolling with the Big Bang or whatever, and then “guide” Evolution from inanimate objects to simple organisms, and then from those, through infinitely many steps, to monkeys, apes, and climate scientists. The fact that no such doctrine as Guided Evolution can be found anywhere in the Bible has not stopped liberal Christians from believing it. They crave the good opinion of those in this world who despise fundamentalists.
But from that picture it is not clear where Original Sin came in. With Ramapithecus? With Homo erectus? Piltdown Man? With archaic Homo sapiens or modern Homo sapiens?
Maybe it just didn’t kick in at all. Which allows the secular humanist crowd to preach that “using technology wisely… we can alter the course of human evolution and cultural development.”
So man is perfectible—by man. Instead of God regenerating His creation by grace, through Jesus Christ, our philosopher kings, advised by their unerring scientific counselors, will do away with war, poverty, hate, disease, bad blind dates, and all the other ills that have afflicted us from the beginning.
To do this, to eradicate suffering and sin, will require power and plenty of it—the kind of power that only a world government can amass and wield.
But what if our sin really is original? What if it stubbornly remains embedded in the human heart and can’t be scrubbed out by laws, by education, by coercion on a planetary scale, or even by selected breeding? What if, lacking God’s grace, we’re stuck with it?
Then all you’ve got is a bunch of sinners exercising vast new powers over all the other sinners.
Didn’t the 20th century teach us what that was like? In China, during the five years of his Great Leap Forward, Mao Tse-tung snuffed out at least 40 million of his countrymen. How many more could he have murdered, if he and his playmates had had a world government at their disposal?
Oh! But there won’t be sinners like that in our world government!
But you don’t have to be a mass murderer to screw up your country but good. Liars, thieves, cowards, and fools will do as well. Where are you going to find these philosopher kings who are not sinners like the rest of us? In Washington D.C.? In Brussels? You could laugh yourself sick if it weren’t so sad.
For a world government to be anything but a catastrophe, you would have to take sin out of the equation. You can only do that if your theology tells you there was no Original Sin in the first place. And your theology will only tell you that if your authority is not the Bible, but the worldly wisdom of a fallen world.
Government by angels—it cannot be done.
Not until Jesus Christ returns, and does it.
His is the only world government that has the right to rule, and the sanction of divine Scripture: His, and no other.
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