On the Absurdity of “Christian” Presidents

Why do we automatically assume politicians and presidents, who claim to be or are simply assumed to be Christians and who make no public confession of faith, are followers of Christ?  Some notable examples are George W. Bush who called the Constitution a “God-damned piece of paper,” or Abraham Lincoln the over deified great centralizer who sought to send the slaves back to Africa and who also said he cared more about the unification of the nation than emancipating the slaves.  Why didn’t your history class teach this?

Consider the following from Vindiciae Contra Tyrannos by Junius Brutus.  They had the same problems with “Christian” leaders who kept fooling the church goers of his day in 1683.  The masses simply will not learn.

“But there are many rulers in these days who call themselves “Christian”, who arrogantly assume that their power is limited by no one, not even by God, and they surround themselves with flatterers who adore them as gods upon earth. Not to mention the many others who, out of fear or constraint, either believe, or appear to believe, that rulers ought to be obeyed in all things, and by all men. Therefore, seeing the unhappiness of these times is such that there is nothing so firm, certain, or pure, that it is not shaken, disgraced, or polluted, that anyone who shall thoroughly consider these things will admit that this question is not only most profitable, but also most necessary. For my own part, when I consider the cause of the many calamities that have afflicted Christendom lately, I am reminded of the words of the prophet Hosea: “The princes of Judah were like those that remove a boundary. On them I will pour out my wrath like water. Ephraim is oppressed, crushed in judgment, because he was determined to follow the commandments of men.” (Hosea 5:10-11) Here you see the sin of the rulers and people fully displayed in these two verses. The rulers exceed their authority, not being content with that authority which the almighty and all good God has given them, but seek to usurp that sovereignty which He has reserved to Himself over all men. And not being content with absolute power over the lives and property of their subjects, these tyrants seize for themselves the right to rule over their consciences as well, over which the authority belongs to Jesus Christ alone. Holding the earth not great enough for their ambition, they want to climb and conquer heaven itself. The people, on the other hand, follow the commandments of men when they yield to these rulers who command that which is against the law of God. Thus, the people burn incense and adore these earthly gods and, instead of resisting them (if they are able), they instead permit them to usurp the place of God, apparently untroubled by their giving to Caesar that which belongs properly to God.”

Heaven or Heil?

~ by Majestic on February 28, 2011.

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