God and the State

By Al Benson Jr.

Recently someone sent me a You Tube video of an old 1961 story that had been on the Twilight Zone back then. Interestingly enough, I remembered it after all those years, so it must have made some impression on me when I saw it, and at that point in my existence, I knew nothing about nothing. I was a 23 year old jack-ass who didn’t know what I didn’t know. By God’s grace knowledge came later.

At any rate, the story was about a world (presumably under some sort of one world government) where “the state” was supreme and controlled everyone’s life, much as they are seeking to do today. The “state” was in the process of “weeding out the cults” so to speak—dispensing with everyone who was no longer useful. During this lengthy process they came across one seemingly insignificant little man who had been a librarian. The prosecutor demanded that he justify his existence, seeing that the state had done away with books. Not only that, he believed in God, which was even more reprehensible, seeing the “the state” had conclusively proved that there was no God.

It was inevitable that he would be sentenced to death—but he got to choose how he would die. The state was, after all, magnanimous. So he chose to die in 48 hours, to have his death televised and to have the prosecutor in his room with him when he passed from this life, The prosecutor readily agreed, feeling this would be a grand example for all “the people.” The only fly in the buttermilk was that the librarian had his room wired with explosives and he had locked himself and his prosecutor in so the prosecutor couldn’t get out. At that point the librarian took out his outlawed Bible and proceeded to read to the prosecutor out of it. One of the verses he read to the prosecutor was part of the first verse of Psalm 14—“The fool hath said in his heart there is no God…” As the time for the explosives to go off approached the prosecutor really became unhinged, while the librarian calmly read from the Scriptures. Finally, with only a minute to go the prosecutor really lost it and screamed “In the name of God let me out of here.” To which the librarian replied “In the name of God I will let you out.” He did, and then his room exploded. The last scene in the story showed the prosecutor now on trial because he had professed a belief in God and he was, therefore, no longer indispensable, but had now, along with the librarian become obsolete.

It stuck me that, being made in 1961, this little story was almost prescient. We have a “state” today, in this country, as part of a would-be one world government that seeks to do away with the God of Scripture and to replace Him with the “state” and those who run it. Although they don’t come right out and say it (yet) they plan to replace God with either themselves or a “god” of their own choosing, sort of melding all the religions into one. They claim this will promote “diversity” and “tolerance” and understanding between all men. Of course one main thing they have to do to accomplish all this is to either water down the Christian faith or just get rid of it outright, because for them, Jesus Christ and the Christian faith is the real root of their problem. The Scripture forbids all that they seek to do and so they must find a way to mute its influence, to make it seem to be something other than what it really is. Their agenda is to continue to build the Tower of Babel mentality in our day, for their own glory.

Man has got to grasp to reach Heaven, and he does this by seeking to control the environment, the weather, all men’s theological and political views, all education—anything that will influence what people do or how they think. All must be under the purview of the “state” and when it is then man will have created Heaven on earth and man can take credit for it, not God.

Men, especially those in government, have forgotten their history. They tried all this with the French Revolution, the 1848 revolts in Europe, the Bolshevik Revolution, the Great Society, the War on Poverty, and “fundamentally transforming the United States.” All have been miserable failures and continue to be where they operate—and you know something, these people don’t really care how many lives they ruin. They want power and that’s what it’s all about. They want to replace God with themselves and that’s what it’s all about, and it may even seem, in our day, that they will succeed. But you know what, it ain’t gonna happen, no matter how bad they want it and no matter how many of us they liquidate in their pathetic attempts. And their attempts are pathetic. Man trying to be God is pathetic—worse it is ludicrous. Oh, the one world crowd may seem to “gain the whole world” but if they lose their souls doing it what have they gained? They won’t be here forever, but when they leave this life they will be in Eternity forever—either with God or the Devil. They don’t believe that, but some of them will be a lot smarter after they draw their last breath, only then it will be too late. As for them replacing God, what a laugh!

If these puny individuals actually think they are going to be able to usurp God’s power and kingdom they are delusional at best, insane at worst. What they may find is that God will end up using their puny efforts against Him for His own glory and that He will further His kingdom not only in spite of them but because of them. If they are capable of reasonable thought at times, the thought of that must really tick them off—and the thing is, they can’t do anything about it.

All that’s left for them is Hell or repentance. And if they don’t want Hell they better repent “for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.”

7 thoughts on “God and the State

  1. I’ve seen that episode a few times, and it is truly frightening how it comes more and more to resemble not the Soviet Union of old, but our modern United States of America. Thank God that nobody can shake God’s king Whom He set on His holy hill of Zion!

    “These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them; for He is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with Him are called, and chosen, and faithful” (Revelation 17:14). God give us grace to be among His called and chosen, who are faithful to the very end!

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