Bryan Fischer brought self-declared “prophet of God” Jim Garlow on his radio show this week and the two of them bonded over their shared preference for turning American into not only a Christian theocracy, but the type of Christian theocracy they personally want (the meanest, dumbest, most totalitarian one possible, of course).
During the course of the conversation, the two men began discussing the effort being led by radical Christian nationalist David Lane to recruit 1,000 pastors to run for political office, which Garlow proclaimed was an absolute necessity because the true purpose of government is to function as “a minister of God.”
“If you live in a constitutional republic or a democracy, as we do,” Garlow said, “that means it behooves us as followers of Christ to make sure our government functions for the purpose for which it was created, specifically to be the minister of God…. We are in a constitutional republic where we the people determine what our government is and so consequently, as followers of Christ, we’re commanded to be involved and to make sure the government functions as a minister of God.”
Using democracy as a way to institute a theocracy? Where have I heard that before? Oh yeah, from Christian Reconstructionist Gary North:
So let us be blunt about it: we must use the doctrine of religious liberty to gain independence for Christian schools until we train up a generation of people who know that there is no religious neutrality, no neutral law, no neutral education, and no neutral civil government. Then they will get busy in constructing a Bible-based social, political and religious order which finally denies the religious liberty of the enemies of God.
Welcome to theocracy.