The Church Is Superior To The StateJun 21, 2013
The rise of moral relativism and laws contrary to natural law throughout the world and, now, even in the United States, can be traced to the Church's abdication of its role in society — the role of providing the state with its compass and holding it accountable. Much can be said about this, but Catholic commentator Michael Voris nails it. Christians have left a void in the culture that secularists gladly have filled. The danger goes beyond laws we don't like. It extends to forcing Christians to adhere to policies that directly conflict with Christ. Sound familiar? Below is most of the transcript of his commentary, released yesterday, and the entirety of it is on the video embedded halfway down. Please read it because not much more can be added to it.
As a follower of Jesus Christ, no Christian can admit or support the idea that the state is superior — or even that they are equal. That's quite a statement. The state is subordinate to the Church. Period.
This is . . . shattering news to the general population who has come to view the state as the guardian and protector and even the grantor of their individual liberty.
Such a view . . . is not rooted in faith in Jesus Christ. But so many people simply travel along the road paved by the western democracies which has led to the conclusion by the general populace that liberty means doing whatever you want and that government's role is to protect this false notion.
Government has taken on this mantle — the advancement of whatever someone wants to do as his "right" and using the powers of the state to enforce that — even over and above the questions of morality. Especially over and above the questions of morality. A sure mark of the ascendancy of the state over the Church is when immorality is given the protection of the law. From that point, the next step is the outlawing of what is moral.
For some time now, Western democracies have been well situated in the first phase — when immorality is enshrined in law. Divorce and re-marriage, contraception, abortion, same-sex marriage and so forth.
But these cannot co-exist with a strong current of morality that says divorce, contraception, abortion and same-sex marriage are immoral. So the state steps in and says not only that what is immoral is legal, but it MUST eventually say that what is moral is illegal. And that is the second phase that we are now heading into.
But it's important to pause and think for a moment how we have arrived at this point — this transition from phase one to the second phase. It is rooted in a belief, born from the Age of the Enlightenment, where man is the one who determines what is moral — in other words, a rejection of the idea of OBJECTIVE morality.
Once that threshold is crossed — then the now morally-relative man will go about the business of installing a government that enforces this belief. It might not happen overnight, but it WILL happen.
When individuals who see the world from a relative standpoint band together and eventually form a majority they will sooner or later put in a government that presses these moral relativisms.
But when man cuts himself loose from the moorings of objective morality — which binds ALL men by a creed of something greater than themselves — they eventually becomes slaves because having severed his life from the law of God — SOME men will feel no restraints and will live by the code of might makes right.
They will not think twice about taking the LEGITIMATE wealth of others and giving to others who do not deserve it. They will not think twice about denying some in the society the right to life — a right that the state MERELY has custodianship over, not the right to grant or deny. They will capriciously grant this right or that right — like the right to "marry" whoever you want — so that they can destabilize a God-based society.
A state that sees itself as supreme over the Church will HAVE to eventually eliminate the Church because the Church stands in opposition to that view. We've seen that in Nazi Germany, Marxist Russia, Communist China, Chavez’s Venezuela and so forth. But the Church does NOT automatically see the state as an enemy. It recognizes that the need for a state is self-evident – roads must be paved, order established among quarreling parties, criminals punished, etc.
Everything that bears in mind that the final end of man is Heaven and constructs a society where this end is best able to be encouraged. In short — the common good must be given an environment in which it can flourish.
And the Church has worked with various forms of government over the millennia to achieve the common good. But this has happened effectively ONLY when it is recognized that the state is at the service of the Church which hands on the objectively moral standards and truths about man. ...