Thursday, July 30, 2020

Christians should be anarchists


Christians should be anarchists. By this, I mean that Christians should reject political authority. Just because someone wears a uniform or joined a team that got the most votes (or didn’t) doesn’t entitle him to threaten his fellow citizens with police violence, wage war, or build a wall. Christians should not cheer for the expansion of state power, even when it benefits Christians.  We should live in accordance with the Sermon on the Mount. We should be neighbors like the Good Samaritan. We should become as little children—holding no power over anyone but ourselves and set apart from the world of political allegiances and hierarchy.


Or, as Tolstoy writes, 

Christianity in its true sense puts an end to government. It was understood in this way at its very commencement; it was for that cause that Christ was crucified. It has always been understood in this way by people who were not under the necessity of justifying a Christian government. Only from the time that the heads of government assumed an external and nominal Christianity, men began to invent all the impossible, cunningly devised theories by means of which Christianity can be reconciled with government. But no honest and serious-minded man of our day can help seeing the incompatibility of true Christianity – the doctrine of meekness, forgiveness of injuries, and love – with government, with its pomp, acts of violence, executions, and wars. The profession of true Christianity not only excludes the possibility of recognizing government but also even destroys its very foundations.