This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

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“It’s your Christian duty”

It is disturbing that we even need to delve into the idea of ‘voting-as-religious-act,’ but, sadly, it seems that we do. There is just way too much talk about ‘sacred duty’ and way too many Christians playing advocate for every degenerate politician that comes along.

As the cult of the vote has permeated American culture as a whole, it has been adopted into Christianity itself as a sort of aftermarket upgrade to make those old, outdated doctrines compatible without today’s high-tech democratic way of thinking. After all, there are few ideas less compatible with “democracy” and “equality” than the notion of an all-powerful deity to whom we all owe our lives. Needless to say, drastic modifications were in order.

American Christianity, truth be told, has always had a difficult time distinguishing between what it owes to Jehovah and what it owes to Uncle Sam. The two things wind up mushed together and you’re left with that ugly phenomenon called “Civil Religion,” which refers to a religious attitude toward civil institutions. How else could we explain the fact that so many well-meaning Christians have no qualms whatsoever about participating in the rituals surrounding the American flag, which are clearly religious?

What you end up with is a bunch of god-fearing men and women trying to pay equal homage to Jesus and Thomas Jefferson. But as the saying goes: “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other.” And after all, Jesus only died for our sins. Thomas Jefferson died for our freedoms. It’s easy to see who is going to win here.

And by the way, while we’re talking Bible stuff, the only real example of democracy I can recall, at least the only one that even remotely resembles democracy in America, goes something like this:

“What is truth?” retorted Pilate. With this he went out again to the Jews gathered there and said, “I find no basis for a charge against him. But it is your custom for me to release to you one prisoner at the time of the Passover. Do you want me to release ‘the king of the Jews’?” They shouted back, “No, not him! Give us Barabbas!”

As usual, we find that the Bible is an intensely realistic book. Obviously someone forgot to inform Pilate that, in accordance with the wisdom of democracy, “the truth” is nothing other than “the will of the people.” Had he known this, he wouldn’t have had to ask “What is truth?” and he wouldn’t have been so disturbed by what he was about to do. Instead, he could have basked in the rightness of having executed the will of the people. For democracy, the question “What is truth?” need not factor in.

Seriously though, great men, by nature, make average men uncomfortable. That’s why the Pharisees couldn’t stand Jesus. That’s why the people always choose Barabbas.

“Oh, but that was the Jews. They were the bad guys. It was different among the Christians.”

Yes, it was very different. When the Apostles needed to find someone to replace Judas, they didn’t vote–they cast lots. They did not presume to take upon themselves the responsibility for a decision which they knew to be beyond them. In the Old Testament, the Jews used the same method.

To bring this back to the American context, I can say with all sincerity that casting lots would be a more reliable means of selecting a president. I don’t say that it would be a good method, mind you. I only say that it would be better than what we are currently doing. If we cast lots and selected from the entire adult population, we’d at least have a chance, by sheer dumb luck, of choosing a normal, well-balanced person for the office. As it is, most healthy people are systematically excluded from the process. Unless you are a millionaire and a narcissist, you don’t stand a chance.

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