The State and the Saviour

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It came as
a breath of fresh air to me to hear the Pope's Christmas message
to the English speaking countries:

"The
child that was born in Bethlehem did indeed bring liberation, but
not only for the people of that time and place – he was to be the
Saviour of all people throughout the world and throughout history.
And it was not a political liberation that he brought, achieved
through military means; rather, Christ destroyed death forever and
restored life by means of his shameful death on the Cross. … let
us give thanks to God for his goodness to us and let us joyfully
proclaim to those around us the good news that God offers us freedom
from whatever weighs us down…"

Though I'm
not a Catholic, I haven't called myself a "Protestant"
since I escaped the cult I was brought up in as a child. In escaping,
I made up my mind never to let another person think for me. I didn't
reject God because of them, but from then on I purposed to have
no other point of reference than the Bible — of course, with the
internal help of the One who wrote it. Until today, I remain open
to all – but dependent on none, a denominational "independent."

If there was
once a case for the Catholic Church as being embedded in the governments
of this world, the boot seems to be on the other foot today. It
has now come full circle and if I do find myself protesting, it
is more likely to be against "Protestant" churches.

The Church
of England is a case I point. It exists by state privilege, its
bishops are given seats in the House of Lords, and it says by and
large what the state wants it to say. Of course there are good individuals
in there, just as there are good teachers in the state school system.
It's the state itself that is the problem, together with the many
sycophants, career opportunists, ideologues and outright worshippers
its bureaucracies attract.

The Archbishop
of Canterbury is a Blair appointee, which doesn't mean he's not
a sincere man, but does mean his views are broadly government approved.
So, what did he talk about over Christmas?

He said the
"rich" are not carrying a fair share of the load. That
some developed nations “appear deeply indifferent” to the United
Nations’ development goals. That world poverty through these development
goals should be halved by 2015. He expressed concern for the military
and reiterated that the war on terror was necessary, but that these
development goals should be added.

I suppose this
is only to be expected from a government appointed head of a state
approved church in a country where the size of the government has
now exceeded the size of the private economy.

Because to
him and many other misled Christians, the State and the Saviour
are one, provided the proclaimed views and direction of each is
regularly tweaked so as not to stray too far from popular opinion.
The trend of course in popular opinion is that the State should
increase, and the Saviour should decrease except when useful to
morally rubber-stamp the State.

But where does
this faith in the State come from?

More to the
point, where does any faith come from?

The answer
lies in what is seen and heard on a daily, even moment by moment
basis. A thought considered and accepted becomes a belief, and if
consistently reinforced along with others, it becomes a worldview.

Government
is a cult. It propagates its beliefs through a regulated mainstream
media, and especially a State owned media. In Britain, this is very
extensive. The BBC audience is as big as and sometimes bigger than
all private media put together. The private media is basically Rupert
Murdoch and a few other chosen ones who have agreed to toe the line.

Not that the
people themselves are not at fault. Many sit down for many hours
in front of the BBC or other television each day. This is truly
behind the decline of Western civilisation.

The subjects
of the soaps consistently glorify and encourage dependency on the
state: police, social workers, nationalised healthcare, spooks,
etc. etc. Serving the government as an official is portrayed as
admirable and beneficial; life as a free individual is portrayed
as hopeless and impossible.

When the daily
life of individuals is portrayed, it conveys a norm consisting of
vice ridden helplessness crying out for government intervention.
The subjects of popular soaps, like the top rated BBC "Eastenders"
consist of continuous crises and strife, screaming, despair, hate,
depression….

The effect
of this cannot be overstated; it is the continuous meditation of
the hearts of millions of British people on a daily basis. No wonder
last year, in the UK, a country of 50 million, there were around
40 million medical prescriptions for depression.

Let me encourage
you to choose your own thoughts this year. I for one refuse to meditate
on depressing subjects. Sure, I can take negative facts as they
appear — but I always seriously doubt their effect on me and mine.

"Surely
goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and
I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever"

The reason
is I choose to believe the extremely Good News known as the "Gospel."
Not just as a religious sentiment, but I actually expect God to
help me in life: To direct me inside, to give me a break, to help
me succeed, to fix me up if I get sick or get in trouble…

But the State
is not the Saviour — do your soul some good and stop thinking the
thoughts its agents dish up for you. There is only one King and
one true Kingdom. The kingdoms and governments of this world produce
nothing and only know how "to kill, steal and destroy";
but the Kingdom of God is the truly benevolent rule of the great
Protector and Giver of all life, liberty and property.

"Thy
Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven"

Whether verbatim
or as a pattern/template, realize whenever you pray the Lord's Prayer
that by inviting the Kingdom of God on earth, you are expelling
its usurpers and – in concert with your words and actions — in doing
so are making the world a better place for it.

January
3, 2011

Paul
Green [send him mail] is
of British background and supplies computer security and privacy
services in the UK and Switzerland – while his wife home-schools
their children. Over the years he has also traded the financial
markets and worked in sound production.

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