Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Fatherhood and The State

"The state that acts as a wise parent instead of a vindictive judge has been an attractive image to many people. They include ecclesiastical authorities who have completely missed the point of the gospel warning to "call no man your father on earth, for you have one Father, who is in heaven" (Matt. 23:9). The father is symbol not only of authority but provision. "Our Father who art in heaven... Give us this day our daily bread" (Matt. 6:9, 11). Looking to the state for sustenance is a cultic act; we rightly learn to expect food from parents, and when we regard the state as the source of physical provision we render to it the obeisance of idolatry. The crowds who had fed on the multiplied loaves and fishes were ready to receive Christ as their ruler, not because of who he was but because of the provision." Idols For Destruction, page 183

1 comment:

A. B. Caneday said...

A great quote as are all the quotes from the book. I will need to read book again. I read it when it was first published in 1983.