Paul's Passing Thoughts

Politics and Religion Have the Same Soul

Posted in Uncategorized by Paul M. Dohse Sr. on September 27, 2012

When I didn’t know any better as a Christian, I was indifferent to politics because it made no sense to me. My problem was the following: I was always focused on outcomes. It never made any sense to me that regardless of outcomes, people would vote the same ideologues into office time and time again. In my frustration I would think, “Politics are a waste of time because people are stupid. Regardless of outcomes, they vote these same people into office time and time again.” This made absolutely no sense to me.

Until recently, church never made any sense to me either. Consider this picture: vast institutions pregnant with ultra-educated people coming up with ideas that plainly contrast Scripture. Again, regardless of the poor outcomes, the SYSTEM remains intact. The system seems to offer a devil that we know, and have become comfortable with, as opposed to a devil that we don’t know.

If you think about it, what is the difference between contemporary Christianity and the slave caste system of the Civil War era?  To stand up against injustice is really the same thing as challenging the system. Action is stalled because people hope that the system will change (good luck with that)—that’s easy, changing the system is hard. However, we will fight harder to not change the system, as opposed to changing the system because it’s what we know. Hence, the system takes precedent over God’s justice and is protected by political spin dressed in biblical garb.

But people aren’t stupid, they just prefer whatever the normal is for the day—especially if they aren’t the ones being tied between two horses running in opposite directions. Pathetic, but it is what it is. And both politics and religion are kept alive by the same heart in this regard; the epic question of, “Who owns man?” Ownership is the soul of politics and religion.

Since the day that the framers of the American Constitution posed this question and answered it with the resolve of “Give me liberty or give me death,” be sure of this: the question of who owns man is the soul of American politics and always will be. Whether the American public realizes it or not, those who vote for Obama think government owns man. People who vote for Romney (albeit not their preferred choice) believe that we own ourselves, and are responsible to no other than God for the sum and substance of our life.

That’s the crux, until the day that the former wins the day—then politics will not be necessary because everything is decided in regard to the arena of ideas—there won’t be any arena—the government decides what a good idea is, and what it isn’t.

And religion is no different. That’s because the American framers of the Constitution were home wreckers. They caused the divorce between the European marriage of church and state. In Europe prior to the Enlightenment era that gave birth to the framers; as it was in the government, so it was in the church. There was no arena of ideas save the think tanks that devised efficient machines to eliminate free thinkers with as much pain as possible. Never before in human history has more science been poured into the technology of death machines than in Medieval Europe. And as part of the totally depraved masses, suggesting ideas privately or otherwise was extremely hazardous to one’s health.

It was a very efficient marriage. The church came up with the ideas and controlled them, and the government enforced the churches’ ideas. But there was a problem. The problem can be seen in one Bible verse among God’s full philosophical statement to man regarding truth: “Come, let us reason together saith the Lord.”

Reason. Even God presents His truth in an arena for man’s hearing. In the book of Job, we even find God challenging Satan in that arena. Like no other creatures, we are the ones called to reason—it is how we are wired by God. The results of shutting down man’s ability to think are abundantly evident from European history. Man is created to think. A man who is not allowed to think is exactly like a fish out of water. Eventually, he will start flopping around.

The framers understood this. They knew that any attempt by government to control ideas would only result in a repeat of European history. They also knew that religion is the fundamental gene pool in that regard. But systems die hard. Regardless of the eight-hundred-year European raging fire that could not be extinguished with blood, European religious tyrants who came to setup shop in America could only propagate their system in the government protected American-made arena of ideas.

The divorced couple must play by American rules thus far. In the American political system, it’s communism/socialism. In the religious realm, it’s European Reformed theology. The fight between the Europeans and the yanks continues in the arena of ideas instead of the battlefield. But be also certain of this: every drop of blood spilled in human history has been over ideas. The American framers of the Constitution, for the first time in history, invented a caste system that could implement ethics through politics without blood. Preferable in my book. And I am allowed to say so.

The soul of politics and religion is therefore the same. Who owns man? What could be more obvious? Does government own man? Or does man own man? It could be rightfully argued that God owns man, but even he says, “Come, let us reason together” while the European Reformer Martin Luther called reason a “whore” who should have “dung rubbed in her face to make her ugly.” The separated spouse, government, thinks they know best as well. Thinking, ideas, and reason, in the hands of the masses are supposedly the same as handing an eight-year-old a loaded gun as a play toy. And in the American arena of ideas, many are convinced that this is true.

Now you know the heart of the election that is now upon us. Obama has clearly stated that it is common sense that man exists for the government, and doesn’t build anything: “I hear business owners say, ‘I built this or that.’ You didn’t build that.” And obviously, the idea that led to the building project had nothing to do with it as well. The contrast can be pointed out in a recent speech by Romney at the Dayton, Ohio International airport in which he said that FREEDOM of IDEAS are critical to the overall American economy and wellbeing. It is also reflected in his recent bemoaning that 47% of Americans are dependent on the government and will not vote for him. Right. Exactly. That’s the crux: who owns man? And is he created to reason and think? And is it ok with God when man’s ideas produce positive outcomes?

What is at stake in this election?  You only need to look at the governments estranged spouse—the church. For the most part, European Reformed theology has won out in the arena of ideas. The caste system formed by the Westminster Confession and rabid Puritans has been embraced willingly by those convinced that the church owns them. Sure, there is rape. Sure, there is the denial of ideas. Sure, there is injustice. Sure, there are no other answers but “the gospel.” Sure, we are still totally depraved and helpless. Sure, church is boring. Sure, the church is full of mindless followers. But what else is there? If not for the system, then what? If not for the system of Reformed “orthodoxy” enforced by church “polity” and executed by various and sundry unpleasantries that replaced the burning stake forbidden by our American forefathers, then what?

Ownership by government always leads to the same thing. Always. There are no exceptions. Regardless of outcomes, many American voters who like to be owned by their religion will also vote to be owned by the state. I also wonder how much this might be connected to the whole issue of culpability before God. After all, if we are unable to think for ourselves, and our ideas are dangerous to our own wellbeing, how can God hold us responsible? This provokes one to think of Nazi Germany and that people’s refrain, “The government made us do it.”

“One thing we don’t discuss in mixed company is politics and religion.” Right, because there is no doubt; that divorced couple is a volatile subject, especially when the two are poligion. We do know the devil of poligion, but change is hard and inconvenient. Luther suggested that reason be consigned to the “closets of the house” and we have obeyed. And whatever you do, don’t look in the closet—the monster of history is in there.

Nevertheless, when you pull the lever in November, the question isn’t, “Romney or Obama?” The real question is the soul of politics and religion: “Who owns you?”


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  1. Argo said, on September 28, 2012 at 8:06 AM

    I admit I really struggle with the fact he is a Mormon.


  2. Argo said, on September 28, 2012 at 10:20 AM

    Got it. Thanks, Paul. Good point.


  3. gracewriterrandy said, on September 28, 2012 at 9:42 PM


    For once I agree with you. Our vote must be based not on the candidate’s religious convictions but on his political philosophy. Who knows what the President’s religious views might be? We can be sure they are not Christian, and this time around is not the time to write in someone who has no possibility of winning. I never want to utter the words, “President Obama” again after January 2013.


  4. trust4himonly said, on September 28, 2012 at 11:40 PM

    Argo I have heard the term “social justice” used quite often by a few in the Calvinist and other Christian circles- you will also find this term used in socialist circles as well. It is a term that is intended to invoke a sense of guilt on the individual- it also implies that the world has not done enough to “right all wrongs” especially with the poor. David Platts book Radical and Francis Chans books are useful tools for those on the left to get people especially Christians to feel guilt about their American individualism and what they have acquired in wealth. Of course, as believers we should desire to give to those in need but this is something we do not out of guilt but in gratefulness and gladness because we love Him- this is also an individual action and should only be decisions made between us and God. Guilt is an effective tool in manipulation.


  5. said, on September 29, 2012 at 6:32 PM

    From my reading around the YRR blogs, most do not want to vote for Romney and are chiding us for even caring about the election.

    You all forget there is a big strain of the NC that is very disdainful of America (We violated Romans by defying the “God instituted government of King George”.

    McArthur even wrote a piece a while back chiding Arabs (most were Muslims!!!) for violating scripture with their uprisings!

    Piper is one of these, too, who think all this patriotism is unbiblical. (As if we are still living under the Caesar in our present day context instead of having responsibility for justice, etc, of our fellow man here and now)

    You could drive mac truck sized holes in the way these guys interpret scripture. The key is to blog as much as possible. I am not electing a pastor in chief. I am first and foremost for SMALL government (I know, I know a pipe dream) so I vote on who is most likely to help that along or at least put a finger in the dyke who can get elected. I believe the smaller the government the less power to regulate us for good or evil.

    Many Republicans are moral values voters. How has that worked for them?

    In my surfing around the YRR blogs, I am seeing a very lofty view presented of NOT voting at all. I think that is a mistake. We have been given a priviledge and responsibility. If the 1st century Christians could vote their choices would have been Nero or Caligula. And both of them would have been worried about being reelected, too.

    There is no longer any such thing as an evangelical voting block. Not when Clinton got about 30% of that vote his SECOND time. I was noticing even back then the “values” voters definitions had changed since Reagan.


  6. said, on September 29, 2012 at 6:39 PM

    I think the republican party has lost its mind. They have put forth 2 mediocre candidates in the last 2 elections based on what? And both had VP’s who were energizing their campaigns. What is wrong with this picture? The only good news is that quite a few black preachers are urging folks to not vote Obama and just stay home. They are very upset with his promotion of same sex marriage. But many “Christians” are refusing to vote for a Mormon.

    It is obvious that Romney is a cultural Mormon. And if anything HURTS the poor it is high gas prices. It affects every area of life. And when Obama took office here, it was 1.82 per gallon. Now it is 3.81. And I hardly see it going under 3 again. If Obama elected I see it going to 5 in just a year or two. People need to get a reality check about the economy. And don’t get me started on his obvious disdain for America in his foreign policy.

    anyone seen 2016?


  7. trust4himonly said, on September 29, 2012 at 11:31 PM

    In agreement with you there Lydia…

    I use to have a problem with Romney being a Mormon president and felt guilty about voting for him- then I remembered the past two SBCer’s and the present “Christian” in the White House. Funny too…these guys were the most vocal about their “faith”.

    I just want someone with Christian principles and one who will live by these principles to run this country- just be honest please!!


  8. gracewriterrandy said, on September 30, 2012 at 4:38 PM


    Bozo the Clown–Ron Paul. Both equally effective votes.


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