Idolatry of the State
"You shall have no other gods beside Me" – Exodus 20
I was not alone. It is true to say that the prevailing doctrine today – amongst Christians both left and right – is that government is ordained of God and destined to be alongside the church as the arm and voice of God in the earth. Therefore, it follows that the State has special privilege and moral exemption. That it has a divine right to formulate laws of the land, and to punish those who do not comply. Any misgivings about the "divine right of kings" have been superseded by a supposed moral legitimacy bestowed by an electoral majority (Hitler being a brief glitch).
But this is a way of believing that government is another god – a false deity.
What are the characteristics of a false god?
Here are some:
A "power" that orders and directs the lives of its believers.
A power believed to protect, rescue and save.
A power believed to offer hope.
A power believed to be great, glorious and overwhelming – whether good, evil or ambiguous.
A power believed to demand service above all else, even the lives of its followers.
A power believed to be fearful, violent and destructive when disobeyed.
A power with a strong visible presence – symbols, buildings, and temples of indoctrination.
A power maintained by a hierarchical, self-serving priesthood, obscuring the truth with blind faith.
Such is exactly the case with the modern State and its flag worship, grand public buildings, monopolised education system, violent enforcers, and cloud of paid officials, experts and politicians.