This is a quote that one of my friends posted on Facebook. It resulted in several comments from both believers and non-believers.
What’s your take? I tend to agree.
Christianity is completely and radically anti-democratic; it is committed to spiritual aristocracy.
Rousas John Rushdoony
According to Wikipedia, Rushdoony (April 25, 1916 – February 8, 2001) was a Calvinist philosopher, historian, and theologian. He is widely credited as the father of Christian Reconstructionism and an inspiration for the modern Christian home school movement, His followers and critics have argued that his thought exerts considerable influence on the Christian right.
In case you aren’t familiar with the term, Christian Reconstructionism is a movement variously known as Dominionism, Dominion Theology, Christian Reconstructionism, Theocratic Dominionism, Kingdom Now theology, and Theonomy (see http://www.religioustolerance.org/reconstr.htm). In essence, it is a political movement to convert the United States — and eventually the entire earth — into a theocracy in which dissenters, adulterers, sexually active homosexuals, some sexually active bisexuals, witches, sorcerers, etc. would be exterminated. (!)
One of the comments posted on Facebook was this: Because I am a Christian, and I am very Democratic in my dealings with others. I find that spiritual aristocracy is prevalent in church hierarchies, not so much among true Christians who make up the churches.
IMO, to say it is only prevalent in church hierarchies is missing the mark. Many (if not most) Christians follow the tenets laid out by their respective churches. Thus, If it’s in the hierarchy then I believe it is also the persuasion of the congregation.
Your thoughts? Is Christianity anti-democratic? Will “the church” succeed in its efforts to put a theocracy in place in the U.S.? If not, why not?