American Christocrat

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This website and blog aims to present and discuss American history, government and sociopolitical matters through the lens of a Biblical worldview. Integral to this site is the emphasis on retaining and restoring the fundamental Christian principles of morality and philosophy upon which the United States of America was founded. My desire is to provide valuable resources and instruction for Christian Americans, and all Americans for that matter, centered on learning how to better fulfill one’s moral duties owed to God, to their country, and to their fellow man.

What is a Christocrat?

The average citizen who has very little, if any, knowledge of the history behind the development of American political parties, can often be caught employing words without really understanding what they mean. Arbitrary terms like ConservativeModerateProgressive, and Liberal are commonly used to describe a wide range of ideas about everything from the domestic economy and social programs, to foreign policy and general political theory.

Instead of comparing and contrasting party platforms to conclude which is more in line with the principles of Christianity, I’m an advocate for the rebirth of a term coined by Founding Father Benjamin Rush back in 1789. As he explained his political affiliation in a letter to friend David Ramsay:

“I have been alternately called an aristocrat and a democrat. I am now neither. I am a Christocrat. I believe all power, whether hereditary or elective, will always fail of producing order and happiness in the hands of man. He alone who created and redeemed man is qualified to govern him.” [1]

Though one might not be able to comprehend the mystery of Christ’s divine nature, none can deny the Truth of His teachings on philosophy and morality. It is the pure essence of the Gospel that forms the foundation for a Christocrat’s worldview: that Christ is the Son of God, the promised Messiah and the Savior of the world, by His sacrificial death and Resurrection He redeemed and justified all mankind throughout all eternity, promising salvation by the Grace of God to all those who believe; that all should be “imitators of Christ” and the “salt of the earth,” recognizing their sinful nature and striving to follow Christ’s teachings on the two “Greatest Commandments” upon which all others rest.

The Christocrat adheres to the reality that absolute truth exists and that it alone is sufficient to govern man. Aspects of this Truth are revealed to us through the laws of nature (reason) and by the laws of God (His Word, the Bible).  It is this platform that an Ameican Christocrat follows, promotes and defends.  As explained by the Hon. David Josiah Brewer:

“…there is no incompatibility between Christianity and patriotism.”[2]

By following the precepts of Jesus as recorded in Mark 12:17 and Matthew 22:20-22, we can “render to Caesar what is Caesar’s” while also “rendering to God what is God’s.” It is my desire, through providing the resources and commentary contained in this website,  to help individuals develop into better followers of Christ and as a result, better Americans and human beings.

Notes:

  1. David Ramsay, An Eulogium Upon Benjamin Rush, M.D. (Phila: Bradford and Inskeep, 1813) p. 103, Benjamin Rush letter to David Ramsay 1789.
  2. Hon. David Josiah Brewer, The United States a Christian Nation. (Philadelphia: The John C. Winston Company, 1905) p. 46.
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