Citizen Christian
October 2004

The Need for a Theology of the State

By R. J. Rushdoony

Evolutionary thought has accustomed us to think of polytheism, the belief in many gods or forces, as a mark of primitive cultures emerging out of animism. Polytheism is ostensibly succeeded by monotheism, and monotheism by science and reason. This construction is not historical; it is, moreover, philosophical and mythological.

The Sweep of History

By Mark R. Rushdoony

Walking “by faith, not by sight” (2 Cor. 5:7) doesn’t mean we walk with our eyes closed.

America's Christian Foundations

By Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr., Th.D.

In colonial America the church was the hub of community and social life. It was frequently a center for news regarding community, colonial, and international affairs. Not surprisingly, the signals across Boston Harbor to warn patriots of the approach of the British originated from the Old North Church.

Render Unto Caesar

By Greg Uttinger

A man must choose his lord; after all, no man can serve two masters. We must either render tribute to Caesar or to God.

By Roger Schultz

Puritans also stressed divine sovereignty and sphere sovereignty. A sovereign God ordained all earthly authority. God also established different spheres of authority (state, church, family), and each institution had legitimate authority within its sphere. While the state was entrusted by God with the power of the sword, for the ends of lawful defense and the administration of justice, the state had no right to intrude on the affairs of the church or family.

By Jim West

My favorite anecdote about citizenship concerns a confederate soldier brought before General Benjamin Butler at the end of the Civil War. “We gave you hell at Chickamauga, General!” said the soldier.

By Joe Morecraft, III

In the Great Commission of Matthew 28:18–20 (“teach all nations…”), Christ calls Christians to be agents of social change in non-Christian cultures.

By Buddy Hanson

For more than a century, America has been electing lawmakers who, at best, admit to standing for nothing more than traditional values. It is long past time that we vote out of office those who rule in fear of public opinion polls and vote into office those who rule “in the fear of God.”

By Eugene Clingman

If we are honest and thoughtful, we will find that certain ideas we hold dear, and believe to be good and right, may be more the product of our culture than of a Christian worldview. Patriotism is one of them. Can we make our patriotism captive to the obedience of Christ?

By Rick Williams

When I speak of my Nation, I mean the Commonwealth of Virginia. — John Randolph

By Brian Godawa

What is the Christian take on movies? Can Hollywood be a part of Christian culture? And what about those “Christian movies”? Movie screenwriter Brian Godawa answers these questions.

By Warren Kelley

Ask the average American pastor if you can have ten minutes out of the Sunday morning service to encourage the members to participate in the upcoming election, and he will probably look at you like you just spontaneously grew a third ear in the middle of your forehead.

By Lee Duigon

Imagine a Roman Empire, in the 1st century, in which the public officials — from the emperor on down to the local tax collector — are elected by universal suffrage. Even the slaves vote.

By Anthony Rogers

God is the basis for all that exists, all that we are, and all that we know — according to Christian metaphysics.