Bryce Beattie

Author & Editor

The State Is Our Church

August 22, 2016

  • I see no good in having several lords:
    Let one alone be master, let one alone be king.
    Homer, Iliad, Book II, Lines 204-205.
  • No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other…
    Matthew 6:24
  • It’s time to ask yourself what you believe.
    Julian Glover as Walter Donovan in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

It seems to me as if most of the citizens of the United States of America have stopped worshiping the god they claim to worship. Instead, they worship a bizarre and amorphous group of men and women we refer to as “The Government” or “The State”, hereafter called by me Thestate (If you’d like, pronounce it so it rhymes with the Vampire Lestat.)

That’s right, we as a people worship Thestate as our god.

Don’t believe me?

Here are some ways in which either Thestate acts like a deity or we treat it like one. Now, I’m not going to pass judgement today and call all these things evil or inherently wrong. I’m merely reflecting on my beliefs and the customs in my country from a different viewpoint for a minute.

After considering these points, consider this: Where is the god that has sway over the majority of your actions? In all likelihood, his head schemes in Washington DC and his toes wiggle in your local city council. Christians, Muslims, Hindus, Jews and Atheists alike worship the government with equal fervor.

Here’s the problem. Thestate is not a person. He is a collection of persons. Fallible persons with hopes, dreams, and schemes. Persons that are taken to lunch every day by special interest groups. Persons no better than you or me.

So what if you don’t want Thestate to be your god? Do you march in protest? Do you stop giving it your tax money and soon go to jail? Do you even lend it your approval of existence by voting? Or do you simply relent and consent to meekly live your life worshiping a deeply flawed god?

I don’t have the answer, but I think it’s a question well worth asking.