Theocracy is commonly defined as “a form of government in which God or a deity is recognized as the supreme civil ruler.”  This definition makes a Theocracy dependent on recognition by the governed.  According to Scripture, however, all governments are Theocracies.  Psalm 22:28 states, “For the kingdom is the Lord’s and He rules over the nations.”  Theocracy describes all governments, whether or not the governed choose to recognize it.  National wellbeing, however, is dependent on recognizing and governing in accord.  Virginia is a Theocracy by design.  This can be discerned by looking at Virginia’s Constitution in regards to Religious Freedom.

Religious Freedom is wrongly thought by many Christians to be the freedom to practice any religion.  It is enshrined in the Virginia Constitution as Religious Freedom of a significantly different kind.  Reference Virginia’s Constitution, Section 16. Free exercise of religion; no establishment of religion.  Originally enacted in 1776, it remains in force today.  Section 16 begins:

“That religion or the duty which we owe to our Creator, and the manner of discharging it, can be directed only by reason and conviction, not by force or violence; and, therefore, all men are equally entitled to the free exercise of religion, according to the dictates of conscience; and that it is the mutual duty of all to practice Christian forbearance, love, and charity towards each other.”

Notice Virginia’s constitutional fathers specifically defined religion as, “the duty we owe our Creator, and the manner of discharging it…”  As Dr. Dreisbach of Oxford University pointed out, “The retention of this line suggests that both Mason and Madison construed “religion” as belief of a Creator and all of the duties arising from that belief. This notion is consistent with definitions of religion commonly used at the time, and it included deists but excluded atheists.” (emphasis added)

Notice also, Virginia’s Constitution goes on to declare more specifically, “it is the mutual duty of all to practice Christian forbearance, love, and charity towards each other.”  Christianity is specifically enshrined.

George Mason and James Madison are credited as the primary architects of our Virginia Constitution Section 16, but they were not alone.  Dreisbach states, “The genius of Mason’s Declaration, as Thomas Jefferson said of his own Declaration of Independence, was not in the “originality of principle of sentiment… [Rather,] it was intended to be an expression of the American mind” with its brilliant “harmonizing sentiments of the day.”  It is no surprise that Jefferson also penned the “Theocratic” and politically foundational statement in our national Declaration of Independence, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights”.

Religious Freedom in our day has morphed into a freedom to believe whatever one wants, including the freedom to openly reject our Creator and live in ways clearly defiant of his will.    This is definitely not the Religious Freedom our Founders had in mind.  It is specifically written, “You shall have no other gods before Me.”  Both Virginia, and our Nation were designed with this Theocratic command in mind.

Rejection of Creator-worship is what the apostle specifically identified as the root of same-sex marriage in Romans 1.  It is described as the reason the wrath of God is revealed from Heaven. Christ is presently Ruler of the nations, a status not liable to change.  There are no post-Christian nations in Christ’s Dominion—just pre-Correction—The Governor will bring about change.  We would do well to recognize the reality of Theocracy.


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