The relationship between the institutional church in
The insistence of many on the separation of church and state is, as the evangelical church of late more openly admits, is a call for what has never, in fact, existed and what neither entity really desires. Government is the act of governing, directing, and controlling. This is accomplished through laws, regulations, and judicial enforcement. The institutional church assumes to itself the role of moral guide to the world and exercises its own authority through its doctrine and organizational hierarchy. A longstanding tenet of church teaching, in that regard, has been respect for authority and lawfulness. Lawful authority, according to church doctrine, would include the church in its pronouncements and the civil government in its laws. It should be obvious from this fact that respect for the church and its theology bolsters the authority of the government. Two agencies, both bent on control, are naturally beholden to one another in this mutual endeavor.
The close affiliation of the evangelical church and the politics of the right further demonstrate the close and inevitable relationship between institutional Christianity and political proponents of the status quo. The real conflict between political persuasions in the
A democracy, in the idealistic sense of government which strives for true equality of opportunity and maximized personal freedom, can only function in an environment emphasizing altruism. A society formulated on a “dog eat dog” philosophy of ruthless competition and special interest politics can never be that place. The church, if it were what it claims to be, would be the promoter of that altruism. Instead they are biggest proponents of business as usual, or worse yet, the ardent reactionaries who think progress involves a return to a past which exists only in their own minds.