God doesn’t like government. Despite what the popular culture and received tradition of Churchianity would have us believe, God’s preferred political system is very far from the bloated leviathan vampire states that rule us today. God’s system of governance makes libertarianism look like a nanny state.
In the Bible narrative, government emerged after the flood. Babylon provides the archetype of everything God doesn’t like about the world system that the devil is consolidating today – idolatry, hedonism, financial enslavement and a false religion which concentrates the worship of the dislocated masses upon the leaders of the state. Pretty much everything you’d see at a Bernie Sanders rally today. Throughout the Bible story, kings are generally corrupt and perverse and empires are inherently unstable.
The closest picture we get of what God’s ideal political system (prior to His imminent return and reign) is the system of governance ordained for Israel after the exodus from Egypt. There was no government per se in this system; no king, no voting, no handouts for the gibsmedats. Families and clans were left to their own devices as freeholders on their own ancestral pieces of land. When disputes arose, there was a council of elders who arbitrated them. These councils of judges provided continuity and discouraged dependency on the state, which any responsible government ought to do. There were also regular debt amnesties and every fifty years all land was returned to its original owners, thus preventing the type of intergenerational financial enslavement we experience so keenly in our own time.
Ancient societies also still retained the wisdom that all reality is cyclical. There have been many in the social sciences and economics who have asserted this claim, most notably Kondratieff, but their access to historical data and the processing capacity required to develop accurate models was extremely limited until recently. This has led to the scientific materialist viewpoint predominating in the social sciences – that reality is chaotic and linear and only subject to laws of simple cause and effect. This worldview supports the claims of Keynesian and monetarist economics (who are essentially Marxists with charts and tables) that governments and central banks can engineer economic outcomes. The consequences of this elite folly are soon to be visited upon our heads in the form of global economic meltdown and a reboot of civilisation. Even the atheists agree: apocalypse is coming.
The existence of what we call in modern times ‘the business cycle’ was well understood by ancient peoples, and as a result they would have laughed at a leader who promised that they could ‘deliver jobs’ or a central banker who claimed credit for sound economic management. Even Pharaoh had to depend upon the good will of the gods to ensure the Nile provided enough water (although he did use a nilometer to see how many chariots Amun-Ra was going to let him build that year). The practice of the sabbath year in ancient Israel is an example of a society aligning its practices and its economy with reality, rather than following our modernist madness and believing human will is sovereign and can be imposed upon reality. Our descendants will laugh and weep at our hubris.
When the ancient Israelites clamoured for a king, God at first refused. His response is illustrative of both his attitude toward earthly rulers and of our predicament today:
“This is what the king who will reign over you will claim as his rights: He will take your sons and make them serve with his chariots and horses, and they will run in front of his chariots. Some he will assign to be commanders of thousands and commanders of fifties, and others to plow his ground and reap his harvest, and still others to make weapons of war and equipment for his chariots. He will take your daughters to be perfumers and cooks and bakers. He will take the best of your fields and vineyards and olive groves and give them to his attendants. He will take a tenth of your grain and of your vintage and give it to his officials and attendants. Your male and female servants and the best of your cattle and donkeys he will take for his own use. He will take a tenth of your flocks, and you yourselves will become his slaves. When that day comes, you will cry out for relief from the king you have chosen, but the Lord will not answer you in that day.” (1 Samuel 8:11-19).
These days we get cubicle slavery rather than the command of thousands or fifties and the rulers take two-fifths rather than a tenth, but the pattern holds.
The main reason that God dislikes human governments is that all governments require the worship of their subjects. Worship in this sense doesn’t mean bowing down and singing hymns to a little statue (although I think Hillary the witch would get a kick out of that). It means putting your faith first and foremost in the ability of the state to provide for you. Dependence upon the state is antithetical to God’s desire to be our main provider and the key relationship of our life. Belief in a supreme, sovereign deity is also antithetical to state dependence – our governments are jealous gods, hence their intense hatred of Christianity.
The statement of Jesus about rendering unto Caesar what is his is often misunderstood in this context. Still today, most mainstream Christians are statists, and use Jesus’ command as evidence that Christians are to support the state. This is the opposite of what Jesus meant. Jesus’ point was that Caesar has put his image on the coin, so he owns it. Give it to him if he asks. God, however, has put his image on us. God therefore owns us, and so give everything to God. God is sovereign, not the guy on the coin. Statist Christians of the cuckservative persuasion also demonstrate an appalling lack of knowledge when it comes to the history of Christianity. Christians have always caused headaches for the corrupt governments of the countries where they lived, and have been seen as a mortal threat by many requiring elimination. Any government which claims it is Christian, whether of the left or the right, has nothing to do with God.
Anarchism is the closest political expression of God’s political economy of celestial monarchy during the historical period we’re living in. God hates the governments of the world. Their destruction is clearly foretold in prophecy, and is a prelude to the peoples of the world experiencing God’s wrath and turning to Him upon His return to claim His creation back from the devil. The next time you see a politician holding a Bible in one hand and waving a flag in the other, shoot him. Or perhaps at least realise he’s just another lying statist control freak using Christianity as a front to advance his career. That man has made himself an enemy of God.