God, Man, and the Rule of Law: A Primer

Rule of Law.

Two stories today, my servants, that seem unrelated but are actually intricately bound up in a societal dynamic of my making.  I am so proud.  You will be too.  Let me explain.

I first read in my morning reading by the fire a story from Religion Dispatches entitled, “Christocrat Competition” about US presidential candidate Newt Gingrich’s choice of former US senator Zell Miller as his campaign’s co-chair. 

Remember Zell Miller? 

As Sarah Posner reminds us in her piece, Mr. Miller gave a speech in 2004 on the floor of the Senate asserting that America was on the road to moral ruin because of the separation of church and state.

I know, my servants. I know.

Of course Mr. Miller is self-evidently right, but fortunately self-righteous fools like Ms. Posner do not see self-evident truths. 

I do all I can to ensure blindness to the obvious. 

In this case, Ms. Posner recounts with measured horror that Mr. Newt’s choice said in the same 2004 speech:

Everyone today seems to think the U.S. Constitution expressly provides for separation of church and state. I guess you could ask any 10 people if that is not so and I will bet you most of them will say, well, sure that is so. And some would point out that is in the First Amendment. Wrong.

I know, my servants.  I know

This kind of talk scares the you-know-what out of me.  If ever the Americans catch on to my “separation of church and state” lie my American kingdom of secular folly will crash, reducing the Americans back to their original moral order. 

And their original moral order was not my moral order.

Let me share some kingdom knowledge with you my servants–knowledge that will tie in with the second story I mentioned above.  Please, if there is anyone who can see your screen right now, casually switch to this website, read it carefully while you wait for the potential eavesdroppers to leave, and then continue reading.  The following is for your eyes only.

Are they gone?

Good.

Here it is: everyone in the universe is under the authority of someone.  The “someone” on earth will necessarily be either God or man.  The American founders clearly contemplated a society imbued with a moral order originating in a belief in God.  The Founding Fathers knew that a well-functioning society was one that worked according to the rule of law, and the rule of law stemmed from a transcendent Rule of Law from a transcendent Lawgiver.

Don’t believe me? 

Good.  The more who don’t believe me, the better for my kingdom.

But consider this, my servants.  What will control men if not the conscience of a heart under the authority of a transcendent God?

Yes, other men.

Did you ever wonder why third world banana republics have so many strongmen around?  Conscripted kids with automatic weapons casually strolling city streets?  Highly visible police forces intruding on every civil liberty?

Have you noticed the steadily increasing use of strongmen to police American society?

Ha ha ha ha ha.

All this because it is the Rule of Law that suffers when men reject the ultimate authority of God and trade it for the more attractive authority of man.  No longer does each person in society subject himself or herself to an objective set of rules; each person feels free to do what is good in his or her sight, unless constrained by the hand of a stronger man.

The rejection of the Rule of Law in America is illustrated in the other story today–Michael Barone’s piece in the Washington Examiner entitled, “Obama skirts rule of law to reward pals, punish foes.” 

You see, President Obama’s actions and policies represent a pinnacle of centuries of my labor in America to mold societal thinking into a secular society.   America has become a nation looking to government as provider and protector, a role that used to be held by God.  Government is nothing more than Mangod; Americans have effectively subjected themselves to the ultimate authority of Men, which is to say without overstatement, to me.

Ha ha ha ha ha.

Mr. Barone illustrates America’s new authority by taking the example of Obamacare: everyone wants to get out of the requirements of Obamacare.  But coincidently only a select few do: those who were Obamacare’s biggest political supporters.  Barone notes, for example:

Union members are only 12 percent of all employees but have gotten 50.3 percent of Obamacare waivers. 

This is only one example of many; I suggest you read the entire article.  But aside from the specifics, Mr. Barone very insightfully realizes:

One basic principle of the rule of law is that laws apply to everybody. If the sign says “No Parking,” you’re not supposed to park there even if you’re a pal of the alderman.

But of the Obama administration, after noting many other examples of Obama’s rule of man, Mr. Barone notes:

Punishing enemies and rewarding friends — politics Chicago style — seems to be the unifying principle that helps explain the Obamacare waivers, the NLRB action against Boeing and the IRS’ gift-tax assault on 501(c)(4) donors.

Do you see what is happening, my servants?  Americans have traded the Rule of Law for the Rule of Man, and the Rule of Man rules as men do: impetuously, arbitrarily, selfishly, and unfairly.  Mr. Barone concludes:

They look like examples of crony capitalism, bailout favoritism and gangster government.  One thing they don’t look like is the rule of law.

No, they don’t. 

Because they can’t.  The Rule of Law necessitates the Lawgiver.  And the Lawgiver is not only not welcome in America, he is illegal.

When one separates “church and state” one necessarily ends up with “secularism and state,” and secularism is a religion having no objective, transcendent anchor for the rule of law. 

Enjoy, America, the Rule of Mangod.

Because it’s all you have when you reject the God man.

 

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One Response to “God, Man, and the Rule of Law: A Primer”

  1. Mike N. Says:

    In his biography on Bonhoeffer, Eric Metaxas writes: “Hitler could hail Nietzsche as great as long as people understood that Nietzsche existed principally to prepare the way for Hitler, to be his John the Baptist, as it were.” The fawning adulation heaped upon Barack Hussein Obama by the liberal power elite reflects this desire by man to be ruled by Nietzche’s “Superman” instead of by God and what we all know in our consciences to be His will. Man, like his overlord Satan, will forever be desirous of “throwing off the fetters” of God and His Messiah.
    Soon, man will get his wish. America’s too-big-for-America, narcissist-in-chief is laying the prophesied groundwork for the arrival of what Islam would call “The Mahdi”, and the Bible refers to as “The Beast”. He will be the ultimate lawless, superman/narcissist and give the Katie Courics of the world plenty to cheer about. A few Bonhoeffers will resist. Heads will roll.

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