Theocracy; Wouldn’t It Be Nice, right?
The U.S. was, at one time, a Christian country. We know this because only Christians would be so hateful as to write anti-homosexual prejudice into their very laws. Good thing that’s over.
From the records we have, Judaism on a society-wide level began in Egypt, not because it was the beginning of a religion, but because it was the beginning of a society.
It had the obstacle of not being the society in power. No one would argue, for instance, that Egypt at the time of Exodus was “A Jewish country.”
So, they left, and settled in the land of Canaan, and formed a state. They were the society in power; they wrote the laws; they were ethnically uniform; it was most definitely “A Jewish country.”
Now, the important thing to note is that what country they were in had no real effect on their Jewishness. Perhaps they were prohibited from worshipping according to their conscience as was Daniel in Babylon, but it is, empirically, possible to retain cultural identity in the midst of the Other.
Here is my thesis: the U.S., already has or is the midst of (save the handwringing for deciding which it is, please) transforming from a Christian country to that of the other, and—Christians should be saddened but not fazed by this.
America, after all, has its roots in theocracy, for better or for worse. Mayflower? Puritans? Pilgrims? Remember those? American exceptionalism? “God bless America?” (They ain’t talking about Allah)
So, like, we’ve had a good run for the past few hundred years. Hey hey! Man, we don’t even need to make a big deal about the not-new practice of sodomy, the state does it for us!
Well, the situation has changed. It is now more analogous to the early Christians, surrounded by the Roman Empire.
But that’s hardly the end of the world. I mean, from there, Christianity took over the world. We have quite a bit of advice on how to function in such an environment. In the world not of it, don’t eat things sacrificed to idols, turn the other cheek, etc. Nothing super-secret here.
The danger is mistaking the present state (Roman empire) for a theocratic state (Israel) and attempting to use cultural capital that has long since vanished.