The Ecclesiastical Option

Ecclesiastical: Of or relating to a church, especially as an organized institution. Pertaining or relating to the church; churchly; not civil or secular: as, ecclesiastical discipline or government; ecclesiastical affairs, history, or polity; ecclesiastical courts.

There is a large number of people who need “religion”, any religion. They want to have a belief in something bigger than themselves that can address their concerns. Without a satisfactory ecclesiastical option, these people will look for alternatives, and non-spiritual, secular options will be explored and grasped if they seem to fit.

Measured over the past 100 years, there is no doubt that Christianity’s influence on society has diminished. I am not arguing the why, it is simply true. Second, Christianity’s influence has not been replaced by something better. Collectivism and its variants (marxism, socialism, communism, fascism, and nazism) have all been beneficiaries because of their ecclesiastical structures (see Eric Hoffer’s The True Believer).

Most people, however, are not looking for something so drastic and all-encompassing as these collectivist political movements and so they believe in “The State”. This is a middle-of-the-road, center-right or center-left, belief that “the State” is looking out for them and their interests.

And thus have I set up the context for this interesting tweet from a Joseph Boot:

Our culture is showing it values above all what Francis Schaefer called a craving for “personal peace & affluence.” Terrified of death in our unbelief, we are ready to surrender liberty & offer unqualified obedience to elites for statist promises of health, security & affluence.

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