“From Alexander the Great to the present, the world of polytheism has no means of a common truth and order except by imperialistic conquest. In such a world, neither order nor meaning have a universal sway; hence, force tries to bind those factors which are held to lack the cohesiveness of truth and a common Creator.” Dr. Rousas Rushdoony
Polytheism is the “belief in or worship of many gods, or more than one god”. It is a term commonly applied to the several gods of ancient Greece or to the array of deities common to Hinduism.
Monotheism is the worship of one god. Christianity is a monotheistic religion. We worship one God in Trinity – The Father, The Son, and The Holy Ghost.
God intended ancient Israel to be a monotheistic nation. A truly Christian nation must be monotheistic.
During his April 28th, 2005 news conference our President, George W. Bush, proclaimed before the nation that he seeks a polytheistic society:
“Role of religion in our society? I view religion as a personal matter. I think a person ought to be judged on how he or she lives his life or lives her life. And that’s how I’ve tried to live my life: through example. Faith plays an important part in my life individually. But I don’t ascribe a person’s opposing my nominations to an issue of faith….The great thing about America is that you should be allowed to worship any way you want. And if you chose not to worship, you’re equally as patriotic as somebody who does worship. And if you choose to worship, you’re equally American if you’re a Christian, a Jew, a Muslim.”
First, our President believes that religion is a private matter. Second, he believes faith has no bearing on support for his Supreme Court nominations. Third, America’s highest visible authority grants equality to Judaism and Islam (and implicitly to other religions) in the public arena.
When the Framers crafted our founding documents and appended the First Amendment, American citizens were overwhelmingly Christian. However, subsequent to the landing of the Pilgrims, Christianity was splintered and various versions proliferated. The Framers were concerned with preventing the government from supporting a particular Christian religion, as had been the case in England.
The Enlightenment had already invaded the fertility of many good minds and several of the Framers were Deists. As a result, the founding documents failed to place the nation under the authority of the Christian God.
President George W. Bush continues to exhibit this inhibited, puerile Christianity.
Jesus said that He would not acknowledge before His Father in Heaven those who fail to acknowledge Him in the public square. The Christian religion is not a private religion. God seeks public recognition and deference.
Throughout the Old Testament His people were chastised for allowing the incurrence of other religions. The First Commandment specifically maintains the singularity required by the One True God. He created everything in Heaven and on Earth – all falls within His dominion. Attempts to confine Him to the interior of churches and the privacy of ones domicile are blasphemous. He is the exclusive God of everyone and everything and should be given first consideration in all phases of public life including the Family, the Church, and the State.
Since law forms the religious base of society, Polytheism is built into the system by the existence of humanistic laws. Humanistic laws enshrine the creature rather than the Creator. When the courts legalize what God forbids, they are not only setting up a foreign religion and a foreign god but are making it impossible for Christians to please their God. The practice of Christianity requires a righteous environment!
President George W. Bush is denying his Savior by recommending His name be a private matter. In a Christian society all other religions would be private and have no bearing on the social order.
Most Americans and many Christians believe with our President that United States should be a polytheistic society. Freedom of religion is interpreted as meaning that America should welcome and embrace citizens of all religions, allowing each to compete with the other – a sort of religious Balkanization.
It is the exclusivity of true Christianity that rankles pagans, nominal Christians, and many American patriots. Secular diversity forces us to recognize and assent to the existence of the gods of other religions. We are forced into henotheism.
Non-secular Jews retain the spirit of the Pharisees. They blindly continue to work out their own salvation in spite of the rebuke of the Diaspora. Practicing Pharisees and many nominal Pharisees who exert great power in American society have been instrumental in fostering polytheism.
Ecumenical movements are essentially polytheistic. They seek to find common ground in the theological realm and to create peace through a dialectical process.
In 1974 David Miller, a professor at Syracuse University, wrote of, “the demise of a monotheistic way of thinking and speaking about God and a monotheistic way of thinking and speaking about human meaning and being generally“. Though Miller is a neo-pagan in search of man-made gods he has captured the essence of our dilemma – polytheism is everywhere.
Not only is it futile to attempt to bring righteousness into a polytheistic social order but most of those involved in the attempt do not know exactly what righteousness they seek to restore.
The Rushdoony quotation at the beginning of this essay is taken from the first chapter of his book Christianity and the State published in 1986. Today, we can plainly see Polytheism bringing about imperialism in America. We have embarked on a course of tyranny at home and military conquest abroad.
All religions seek exclusivity. The nature of belief in an ultimate source of power requires separation from those who believe otherwise. A diverse, multicultural agenda popular today among elite intellectuals is compatible with polytheism and since it is impossible for Christians to live a righteous life under a heretical plan, the Christian Church has been extensively afflicted.
Dr. Rushdoony writes in the First Chapter of The Institutes of Biblical Law, “To hold, as the churches do, Roman Catholic, Greek Orthodox, Lutheran, Calvinist, and all others virtually, that the law was good for Israel, but that Christians and the church are under grace and without law, or under some higher, newer law, is implicit polytheism“.
There is One God and He has given us One set of Laws. The Paraclete provides forgiveness and advocates for us but the blessing of God requires obedience and obedience requires Law.
God seeks exclusive power over His creation and over His people. American Christians and the churches they attend are lost sheep. They have strayed. He reaches out to stubborn sheep who, though stupid, regularly refuse the wisdom of His Fold
Al Cronkrite is a free-lance writer from Florida.
He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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