In the Middle Ages, various kings would cloak their own will with the supposed ‘will of God’. Those who would not obey the King, Christian or otherwise, would be to commit treasonous sin. The judgment could be imprisonment, banishment, or even death. With this ‘divine right’, Kings could rule as they pleased, as they claimed they were appointed by God, and answered to God alone. This kind of flawed, supervised rule goes on still today…but wrapped in other titles. Priests, Rabbis, pastors, Popes, shamans, prophets, Ayatollahs, reverends and various supposed ‘holy men’ that claim to actually ‘hear’ from God, are still poisoned with the same human weakness today. The ability to mold and shape groups of churches, temples, mosques and other holy places, affecting millions of individuals around the globe, shaping ideals that can be helpful or disastrous.
This type of leadership and dominance has been part of humanity since civilizations began. It was a way to rule, a way to control the masses. It gave indelible power to the ones that learned to wield it. They could rule, sway, and bring judgment down on the innocent free-thinkers who would challenge their decisions…after all, the ‘Almighty’ of the times, was on his side. Soon, the ‘sheeple’ would line up as commanded…this was surely NOT a democracy.
Today in our democracy, there are those voices ‘crying in the wilderness’ that would draw the people in, using the ‘authority of God and his Word’ to manipulate and tarnish the very freedoms and evolution of our society. The ‘Will of God’ and the ‘Fear of God’ is used on a regular basis to ensure compliance, or as in the Middle Ages, banishment, apostasy, death and separation from this supposed God, the whole time wielding the ‘will of God’ through their own interpretation and misuse of humankind. They have moved into government, where they can influence this democracy and once again, set up a system by which they will rule…all in the name of ‘God’. A theocracy, wrapped in an American flag and worshipped as ‘freedom’, only to destroy the true freedoms we of every creed, race, and culture have enjoyed of late.
We have been very fortunate to be born here in the U.S.A., where free-thinking and diversity is not only encouraged, but celebrated. Freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and separation of Church and State are paramount for our democracy. Let’s not fall back into the rule of a Divine Authority mentality.