And yet, the golden age of ancient Israel is described as ‘every man did what was right in his own eyes.’ Every man was king in his own home, maintaining the very dominion that God prescribed at the beginning. This is only possible if God rules every man individually. Anarchism does not indicate lawlessness. It necessitates that the law of God be written on the hearts and minds of those who take the personal responsibility to be God’s living stones, unhewn together by the social contracts and bureaucracy of human civil government, and thereby loving their neighbor as themselves.
Those who need magistrates to maintain order confess their own fears and faults, walk by sight, and rely on the providence of some false god. Most importantly, they enjoy his spoils extracted from the toil of his neighbor: whether it be through welfare, healthcare, protection, or ‘justice‘. They mirror the sluggish and selfish Israelites at the end of their prosperity, tiring of the responsibility inherent in dominion: ‘give us a king to rule over us.’
‘Civil law stems from Babylon and is inquisitorial, encouraging and requiring the state’s violation of one’s freedom of conscience. This ever-present trait arises from the Babylonian system’s dependence upon the priest’s judicial power to examine its subjects in the Babylonian deity’s name. In theory, the Babylonian deity, using various names worldwide and personified in the state or its demagogue, invested his priests with the power to examine the consciences of devotees by whatever means necessary, granting absolution or condemnation according to their imperious pleasure. By entrusting themselves to a totalitarian state, the Babylonian settlers established statism.’ (Brent Allan Winters. Excellence of the Common Law: Compared and Contrasted with Civil Law in Light of History, Nature and Scripture)
It is the faithless such as these who try to take the Kingdom by force and make it suffer violence, and it is these who have the Kingdom taken from them, and given to those who would produce the fruits thereof: the anarchists who demand no benefactors who exercise authority, but desire to serve their neighbor in matters of welfare, healthcare, protection and justice, not hewn together in some bureaucratic corral, but stacked upon each other in the adhocracy bound together in faith, by hope, and through charity in accordance with the message of the Gospel.
People who hate God will seek to do the bare minimum to get by, to appear good, and to fly under the radar. This is why Christ instructs us to love our neighbor as ourselves and wash the inside of the cup. If we are to seek his Kingdom, to the exclusion of all others, then we must learn to put forth our maximum effort on our neighbor’s behalf and give the best portion of our sacrifice for his well-being.
The governments of the world only require that you comply with their regulations and anaerobic rules. This does not teach you to be virtuous and holy, but merely to be compliant and therefore complacent. This is also why their laws are ever increasingly numerous while being proportionately ineffective at making their citizens moral. ‘The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws.’ (Publius Tacitus) This is legalism that professes to be lawful. This is what it means to wash the outside of the cup. This is true lawlessness.
The kind of law that Christ came to abolish is the kind that hardens your heart to your neighbor in order to wash the outside of the cup, leading you to death. The kind of Law that Christ came to fulfill is the kind that gets written on your heart, washes you from the inside out, and gives you genuine love for your neighbor that sets you both free to live within the Kingdom of God which leads to life.
‘There is in fact a true law – namely right reason – which is in accordance with nature, applies to all men, and is unchangeable and eternal. By its commands this law summons men to the performance of their duties. By its prohibitions, it restrains them from doing wrong. Its commands and prohibitions always influence good men, but are without effect upon the bad.
To invalidate this law of human legislation is never morally right, nor is it permissible ever to restrict its operation, and to annul it is impossible. Neither the Senate nor the people can absolve us from our obligation to obey this law, and it requires no Sextus Aelms to expound and interpret it. It will not lay down one rule at Rome and another at Athens, nor will it be one rule today and another tomorrow.
But there will be one law, eternal and unchangeable, binding at all times and upon all peoples; and there will be, as it were, one common master and ruler of mankind, namely God, who is the author of this law, its interpreter, and its sponsor. The man who will not obey it will abandon his better self, and, in denying the true nature of a man will thereby suffer the severest of penalties, though he has escaped all the other consequences which men call punishments.’ (Marco Tullius Cicero)
Jesus the Christ, servant-king of Judea came to show us this better way to live, and died to secure it for us from all other kingdoms. Repent therefore, for the Kingdom of God is at hand. Believe on the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and you may be saved unto lawful living from lawless idolatry.