In my last post I showed how the iron triangle in Washington, DC tends to lead to ever increasing fascism and corruption. There are many Americans who are frustrated with the system. But because they still embrace the idol of statism, their only solution is to experiment with more fascist regulations. What should those who reject fascism do? Christians seem to be making three choices.
The first choice is a bad one – it is to do nothing. This almost always guarantees the growth of statism. The corrupt iron triangle will not disappear on its own. The leaders of national and multi-national corporations will not become saints on their own. Doing nothing will allow the downward slide to continue until the tyranny is so severe that citizens will cry out under the bondage. People have sometimes wondered why God judged the citizens in 2 Samuel 24 when the sin of the census was David’s. Why was “the anger of the LORD aroused against Israel” (v. 1)? And the answer is that the people were passive and did not resist David’s growing statism. Tyranny must always be resisted by the citizens, or they deserve the tyranny.
The second choice that I see Christians making is to get involved in politics with the hope of returning civil government to the limits of a previous era. This is the folly of the conservative movement. It is never driven by a Biblical standard. Indeed, most Christians in the “conservative movement” despise God’s law and have no intention of honoring God with the pursuit of Biblical civics. But that is a big mistake. When Biblical laws are rejected, God guarantees that His people will suffer under “statutes that are not good” (Ezek. 20:24). R. L. Dabney castigated the “conservatives” of his day by saying,
“[t]his is a party which never conserves anything. Its history has been that it demurs to each aggression of the progressive party, and aims to save its credit by a respectable amount of growling, but always acquiesces at last in the innovation.
“What was the resisted novelty of yesterday is today one of the accepted principles of conservatism; it is now conservative only in affecting to resist the next innovation, which will tomorrow be forced upon its timidity and will be succeeded by some third revolution to be denounced and then adopted in its turn.
“American conservatism is merely the shadow that follows Radicalism as it moves forward towards perdition. It remains behind it, but never retards it, and always advances near its leader. This pretended salt hath utterly lost its savor: wherewith shall it be salted?
“Its impotency is not hard, indeed, to explain. It is worthless because it is the conservatism of expediency only, and not of sturdy principle. It intends to risk nothing serious for the sake of the truth, and has no idea of being guilty of the folly of martyrdom.
The third choice must be a commitment to live out a comprehensive Biblical worldview by God’s grace and to spread that worldview every chance we can. I believe the following steps are critical if this is to succeed:
- We must repent of any ways in which we have embraced and trusted the chief idol of our society – statism. Christ will not bless his bride when she is in bed with an idol. And the church has indeed embraced the idol of statism in myriad ways – everything from taking out government backed school loans to voting for fascist “conservatives.”
- We must call others to repent – perhaps even organizing solemn assemblies of repentance and reaffirmation of God’s laws. One place to start is getting churches to use the Coalition on Revival’s Christian Manifesto http://www.reformation.net/COR_Docs/Christian_Manifesto_Worldview.pdf,
- We must ditch so-called “Christian worldviews” that aren’t grounded in God’s law, and begin thinking through every area of life from the ground up. A great place to begin is by reading the book, Christian Civilization and the Bible, by Jay Grimstead.
- We must understand the Biblical limits of various jurisdictions. As I have written elsewhere, God has ordained three distinct covenantal institutions for the advancement of His kingdom: family, church, and civil government, with each deriving its definition, legitimacy, authority, purpose and jurisdiction from the Word of God, and each expressly commanded to not usurp the other’s responsibilities. Since Scripture clearly ties business to the family jurisdiction, allowing the state to intrude into the free market is a blurring of governmental boundaries of each jurisdiction.
- We should avoid any solutions that would violate the Scripture by curbing individual liberties and expanding government control.
Therefore, though these global organizations have been able to buy political loyalty, we should reject the idea that giving these same politicians oversight over the campaign process will bring godly campaign reform. Though huge conglomerates have spent billions of dollars lobbying for ways to control an industry, the solution is not to limit the people’s right “to petition the government for redress of grievances.” Though we are very frustrated with how these multinational corporations have captured many of the nation’s regulatory agencies, adding more laws and policing agencies is not the answer. The answer is to get rid of regulatory agencies, get rid of a messianic state, and bring the government down to such restricted functions that the temptation to control federal politicians and employees would be minimized. If the civil government does not oversee the free market, it cannot become a tool of internationalists to manipulate the economy. The Biblical principles that we have looked at in these series of posts would encourage citizens to get rid of Fascism and all other forms of statism. Only then will the temptation of corporations to use the “iron triangle” be curtailed. Once again we see that the Bible has answers to today’s difficult problems.
 Genesis 2:24; Acts 3:25
 Acts 14:23; Philippians 1:1
 Genesis 9:6; Romans 13:1-7
 E.g. 2 Chronicles 26:18-19; 2 Corinthians 10:13; 1 Corinthians 9:18; 1 Kings 21; Numbers 1; Matthew 8:9
 Family: Genesis 2:21-25; Church: Matthew 16:18; Civil Government: Romans 13:1-7
 2 Chronicles 26:18-19
 See the enormous restrictions placed upon even an evil king like Ahab when he wanted to intrude into the free market (1 Kings 21). The Sabbatic and Jubilee years presuppose a radical free market (Lev. 25). Throughout Scripture, from Abraham to Moses, the free market was kept insulated from the state and business belonged to the extended family. Prov. 19:14; 1 Samuel 25:2; 1 Chron. 4:21; etc.
 Examples of misguided attempts to fix the problem are the 1971 Federal Elections Campaign Act, the 1974 Federal Elections Commission, the 1979 amendment to the Act. A great deal of energy has been focused on limiting campaign contributions, regulating campaigns, stopping PACs, “soft money,” “independent expenditures,” and general issue ads. But these have led to more and more government control of our lives. Others have advocated tax money being used to help all candidates run, thinking that this would make it more likely that those running will work for “the people.” But the reality is that such actions would make it less and less likely that candidates would criticize the corrupt system through whom these tax dollars are paid.
 For example, oil, pharmaceuticals, agri-business, and insurance are a sampling of the kind of industries we are talking about. Examples could be multiplied of how this has worked with the FAA, FDA, FCC, FTC, etc.
 Amendment One to the Constitution.
 Consider how impossible it is to avoid control at some level as long as government is big: 1) Oversight committees often do not have the expertise to oversee everything, so they hire advisory committees of experts in the very industry being regulated. 2) The musical chairs of people from the industry being regulated to chairing a committee to going back into the industry being regulated is notorious. 3) The personal interchange program that allows corporations to lend personnel to the government (and often even pays them while they hold the government job) leads to conflict of interest. 4) Former members of the House and Senate often are hired by the industry to act as lobbyists. 5) The huge amount of money that can be spent to influence grassroots lobbying. 6) Court action is often used to delay government action until it is too late. 7) And when one door is closed, they have the money to go through another door. As long as civil government has regulative agencies, there will be big money seeking to control it.