The End of the Messianic State (I)

Every plant which My heavenly Father did not plant will be uprooted (Mat.15:13).

God calls time on men, institutions, governments and nations. He’s done this since Adam and Eve, for every person and entity is subject to His judgements. This should be a warning to every person, especially Christian persons, for we are the ones who more than anyone, are aware of His judgements; we have the Bible.

The Messianic state had its ancient origins with the Roman Caesars, and we could even detect something of it in Israel under Saul (see I Sam.8), in 1,000 B.C. The Caesars were considered divine, and so the Romans thought the Caesars could provide for them. And what did Romans want? Why, bread and circuses, of course!

Of course, they got much more than that. Corruption, inflation, prices and wage controls, the abuse of power on a grand scale, and ultimately the destruction of the Empire. So much for the Roman concept of a Messianic state.

In the modern era, the Messianic state had its origins in Germany under Bismarck in the 1880’s. Bismarck was ostensibly a conservative, but socialism was on the rise in Europe, and he wanted to steal a march on the German socialists. He did this with pensions, workers compensation schemes, and other devices that purported to be in the best interests of working people.

Of course, it would always be “in the best interests of working people.” Not until the working people saw how their rising taxes were consumed and spent by hordes of bureaucrats on themselves first, did anyone figure out what was really going on.

Now, the Messianic State is the norm, right around the world. It has bi-partisan support, because the people, having rejected the true Messiah Jesus Christ, have gone running after a humanist counterfeit.

At the heart of modern messianic politics is a lack of trust. The voters do not trust politicians. The voters do not hold politicians to a high standard of ethics. The voters know the system is crooked. But they believe that, as an outcome of the next election, they will keep a greater share of government benefits.[1]

And this is just as G. K. Chesterton (1874-1936) warned:

     When men stop believing in God, they don’t believe in nothing; they believe in anything.

So, people expect government to provide for them, cradle to grave, womb to tomb. It is a belief rooted in the rejection of God, and the utter irresponsibility of people. Only a radical indeed today would propose a reduction of the Messianic State, let alone its elimination.

But the Messianic state will come to an end, firstly because of the judgements of God, and secondly because of its internal self-contradictions. Its leaders make promises they cannot fulfil, creating expectations that are impossible to meet. And the bipartisan aspects of this in the modern era mean there is no quick political fix: everyone thinks they should have access to the free money tree.

Why not? “Thou shalt not steal” has dropped out of favour, replaced by “Thou shalt not steal, except by majority vote.” When voters perceive there is a way to get something for nothing, they come looking for it in droves. But there’s a sting in the tail of this attitude.

Anyone who becomes dependent upon government programs of protection at a time of economic crisis will find that he is in the path of a crushing disaster.[2]

When political leaders realise their promises can’t be met through taxes, they choose the most convenient route: borrowing. This has been normal now, for most of the West for generations. They say, “Why change anything now?”  That’s why some commentators like Laurence Kotlikoff estimate the U.S. government’s unfunded liabilities now come to 221 trillion. So, nothing changes, at least until the avalanche of debt, bankruptcy and broken promises hits the village at the bottom of the mountain.

Who will lead the nations out of this mess? Who MUST lead the nations out of this mess? This is a thoroughly Christian responsibility, for it is Christians who are supposed to know the way society should take. We have the Book from the God of heaven.

Who among you will give ear to this? Who will give heed and listen hereafter? (Isa.42:23).

You’ve never heard this? You’ve never thought about this? Well, it’s about time believers did think about these fundamental issues, when we’ve been sleeping in the storm for so long, unaware of what we can and should be doing.

It has to begin with individuals, families and churches. All of these must wake up and see the avalanche ready to start its destructive descent. We must be making plans for after the event.

Conclusion:

The Messianic State is a blasphemy against the God of heaven. It will not last forever, for the God of heaven will destroy it, just as He has destroyed every pretentious attempt by humanists in history. As Psalm 2 graphically explains, He leaves them to their folly, He laughs at them, and then smashes them.

And after the collapse, the rebuilding can begin. Will Christians want to have a part in that? Some people call this Christian reconstruction.

Will you want to have a part of that?

 

 

[1] Gary North (www.garynorth.com), “Politics: Lies and Legitimacy,” 6/3/2016.

[2] Gary North, “The Snowpack and the Avalanche: How to Understand Federal Unfunded Liabilities,” 22/2/2016