In the wake of political corruption, lawlessness, God-hating, and evil within the governmental system, other than prayer, what is a Christian to do? Can Christians effectively influence their society for the good of all people, understanding that we wage war not against human flesh, but against principalities, authorites, and rulers of the darkness of this world, and spiritual wickedness in the heavenly realm (Ephesians 6:12)? Yet, human flesh carries out the corruption, the deception, wickedness, and the evil at the command of the Satan, whether implicit or explicit — again, praying as we are fitted with the armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-20), what can a Christian do?

Christian anarchism is a Christian movement in political theology that claims anarchism is inherent in Christianity and the Gospels. It is grounded in the belief that there is only one source of authority to which Christians are ultimately answerable—the authority of God as embodied in the teachings of Jesus Christ. It therefore rejects the idea that human governments have ultimate authority over human societies. Christian anarchists denounce the state, believing it is violent, deceitful and, when glorified, idolatrous.

Christian anarchists hold that the “Reign of God” is the proper expression of the relationship between God and humanity. Under the “Reign of God,” human relationships would be characterized by divided authority, servant leadership, and universal compassion—not by the hierarchical, authoritarian structures that are normally attributed to religious social order. Most Christian anarchists are pacifists who reject war and the use of violence.

More than any other Bible source, the Sermon on the Mount is used as the basis for Christian anarchism. Leo Tolstoy’s “The Kingdom of God Is Within You” is often regarded as a key text for modern Christian anarchism.

I’m thinking about this seriously. As a Christian, what do you think about Christian anarchism?

Comments
  1. Chris Caughey says:

    Thanks for this Pr. DeSha.

    While I don’t subscribe to everything attributed to Christian anarchism in this post (e.g., I do think there is room for two kingdoms – not just one), I do think that if we were to wake up tomorrow and we found that somehow the State had simply evaporated, we could get along with each other without an organization that claims to have a monopoly on violence. The market would fill in everything that the State once did, and it would do it better.

    Romans 13 says that we are to submit to the rulers under whom we find ourselves. But it doesn’t say what political philosophy those rulers must have. From the Christian point of view, Nero or Vespasian (whichever was in power when Paul wrote Romans) was more like a dictator. But around that same time in Ireland there was no State (https://brehonacademy.org/when-ireland-was-stateless-video/). Paul doesn’t condemn either one. Since I think believers in Jesus can agree to disagree about political philosophy, I like and recommend Murray Rothbard’s “For A New Liberty” (https://mises.org/library/new-liberty-libertarian-manifesto).

    • Thank you so much. Just thinking. I don’t like the word anarchy. Dissenting is a better word. Romans 13 doesn’t cover all the bases regarding governments that have destroyed its people or its society. I believe Romans 13. Shall we remain silent when the corrupt government continues to hurt its own people and its resources? In my 68 years, a retired Army Sergeant, I am very concerned about my country. As a pastor, I’m very concerned about Christians and the Church.

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