Political ideas do not appear in a vacuum. They are the outgrowth of theology. The same is no less true of the political ideas espoused by folks in the States: Their origins lie quite firmly in the heretical theology of the Protestant Reformation. And this goes a long way toward explaining why the Holy American Republic and its political ideas have caused so many problems in the world. Dr Vladimir Moss writes of Protestantism,
Though the Protestants bemoan the moral degradation around them, the flouting of the authority of the Scriptures or the Constitution, the ascendancy of LGBT rights, etc., if they are honest, they will admit that they have only themselves and their theology to blame. Their teaching that every man is ‘Pope and Church’ undermines all authority, as was pointed out above. So when a man or woman claims the right to love someone of the same sex; or when a federal district judge chooses to overturn a lawful Trump executive order; and so on, they are only following the example set by the Protestants: ‘It is the conviction of my conscience versus your claims to authority’.
But let us see what else lies behind the ideology of Americanism:
What gives the Protestants this boldness, this extreme self-confidence in the infallibility of their own conscience and their own reasoning? The answer lies in another characteristic and fundamental doctrine of Protestantism, predestination. It was their belief that they were elect and saved that gave the Reformers the boldness – more exactly, the extreme folly – to raise their minds above all established authority.
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Here is the reason why Americans feel they can do as they please in the world: They have been predestined to world leadership by God; they have the special Gnostic ‘inner feeling of assurance’ that God has chosen them as a special people for a special work. And they have not been shy about ‘taking possession of the earth.’
Thankfully, Dr Moss offers a corrective to the Protestant errors he has touched upon in his essay:
In the Light of the True Faith of the Holy Orthodox Church, the political landscape would appear quite different to those living in the States. For their sake and for the sake of all the peoples of the world who have been battered and bruised and bloodied because of her arrogance, we hope they will ‘recognize their blindness.’
Holy Ælfred the Great, King of England, South Patron, pray for us sinners at the Souð, unworthy though we are!
Anathema to the Union!