Political Islam

Islam and politicsPolitical Islam in “the land of the free and the home of the brave”: sounds scary, doesn’t it? Obeying Sharia law in courts, observing Ramadan in school, banning pork in supermarkets and restaurants: what else is possible? Well, guess what? American Christians who ridicule political Islam are ignorant hypocrites!

The Islamic caliphate is little different from Christendom and the divine right of kings. Roger Williams, founder of Rhode Island, believed in the separation of church and state. Theocratic Puritans called him a heretic and banned him from Massachusetts. Church and state are still one in the United Kingdom. It’s called the Church of England, with Elizabeth II as its head. [At least ten other countries have a state church. See “Christian state” on Wikipedia.] If Muslims study American and European religious history, they’ll learn how hypocritical the “secular” West really is. They’ll also learn that the separation of church and state hasn’t existed in Western nations from time immemorial.

In world history, the separation of church (or religion) and state is peculiar. Yet American Christians still want a theocracy – the Religious Right, the Moral Majority, the Neo-cons, etc. So what’s the difference between the Bible as the foundation of U.S. law and the Koran as the foundation of Islamic law? Political Islam and political Christianity are twins!

Liberals and progressives don’t get a pass. They rightly accuse the Religious Right of neo-imperialism, since these people invade sovereign nations to “make the world safe for democracy.” However, social justice is also neo-imperialism. It tells the rulers of sovereign nations how to govern, often without their permission.

world map covered in the American flagNewsflash, America: you are not the world’s policeman. Nobody appointed you. You appointed yourself. No one can invade your sovereignty or tell you how to govern without your permission. So why don’t you treat other sovereign nations the same way, approaching them on a basis of political equality?

Newsflash, Christians: dominionism died when Adam and Eve were kicked out of Eden. You didn’t get it back on Good Friday. Theocracy died when Judah was taken to Babylon. You didn’t get it back at the cross. Jesus Christ’s “kingdom is not of this world” (John 18:36).[1] So why are you trying to create an earthly one? Why do you want a single piece of dirt that you can call Christ’s? He’s not interested!

Do I want Sharia law here? No. But I’m not against Muslims, Buddhists, and atheists in positions of authority either. Nor am I against them building mosques and temples. Christians need to know that America isn’t a theocracy.

Stop the interference! Stop the madness! If you call yourself a Christian, then obey “the powers that be” wherever you are (Romans 13:1, KJV). If you’re arrested for evangelizing, pay the penalty. Always “lead a quiet life” and “mind your own business” (1 Thessalonians 4:11). If you’re in a position of authority, regardless of your religious affiliation or lack thereof, then tend your own garden. While you were tending your neighbor’s garden, the fruit in your own started to rot!

[1] All Bible verses are from the New King James Version (NKJV), unless otherwise noted.

Images: Crash Course, Counter Punch


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