In modern society we often hear the praises of Egalitarian Democracy. We have all been raised to believe there is no greater political system, a system, so it is believed by it’s adherents to have fallen from heaven. The United states of America was born of rebellious anarchy and opposition to God and true authority, an authority, however, that had already been compromised by it’s adherence to constitutional democracy and protestant error.
America sends troops all over the world, absolutely wasting its young men’s lives in its quest to spread the panacea of so called “Freedom and Democracy.” The American government will do this throughout all the countries of the world under the the pretext of a modern day manifest destiny, even if it has to force it down their throats. It would come as a shock to most American Orthodox Christians to hear one say this idea is nonsense.
Father Seraphim Rose, born Eugene Dennis Rose (August 13, 1934 – September 2, 1982), is such a one to say, “it’s nonsense” is Orthodox priest and possible Saint. An American Hieromonk of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia, Fr. Seraphim co-founded the St. Herman of Alaska Monastery in Platina, California. His writings have been credited with helping to spread Orthodox Christianity throughout the West. He disagrees with both Egalitarian Democracy and Constitutional Republics, and he contends that Monarchy is the only truly God given form of Government.
Fr. Seraphim writes, “In the Christian order politics too was founded upon absolute truth. We have already seen,… that the principal providential form government took in union with Christian Truth was the Orthodox Christian Empire, wherein sovereignty was vested in a Monarch, and authority proceeded from him downwards through a hierarchical social structure.”
Another catchphrase foisted on us in our school propaganda is “the will of the people must prevail.” To the contrary Fr. Seraphim also notes “politics that rejects Christian Truth must acknowledge ‘the people’ as sovereign and understand authority as proceeding from below upwards, in a formally ‘egalitarian”society.'”
The Masonic document known as the Declaration of Independence states, “Governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.” Once again Father Seraphim denies the so called “truthfulness” of this statement, when he writes, “Nihilist rule–whose most fitting name, as we shall see, is Anarchy—is government established by men, and directed solely to this world, government which has no higher aim than earthly happiness.” A Government like this cannot be established by God, nor can it’s invading the world be understood by any sane person as being pleasing to God.
Father Seraphim bemoans both the value of Constitutional Monarchies as well as Constitutional Republics, such as that of the United States, when he states the following:
“The Liberal view of government, as one might suspect, is an attempt at compromise between these two irreconcilable ideas. In the 19th century this compromise took the form of ‘constitutional monarchies’, an attempt–again–to wed an old form to a new content; today the chief representatives of the Liberal idea are the ‘republics’ and ‘democracies’ of Western Europe and America, most of which preserve a rather precarious balance between the forces of authority and Revolution, while professing to believe in both.”
Fr. Seraphim was so much in accord with the Church Fathers’ view against Democracy and for Monarchy that I must quote one such patristic example from St. Gregory the Theologian, one of the greatest Bishops of the Orthodox Church:
“The three most ancient opinions about God are atheism (or anarchy), polytheism (or polyarchy, aka, democracy), and monotheism (or monarchy). The children of Greece played with the first two; let us leave them to their games. For anarchy is disorder: and polyarchy implies factious division, and therefore anarchy and disorder. Both these lead in the same direction – to disorder; and disorder leads to disintegration; for disorder is the prelude to disintegration. What we honor is monarchy…”
Even if Democracy was God pleasing, Democracy certainly will not work here in the U.S.A. due to the fact that a growing majority of Americans believe that friends with benefits, same sex marriage and abortion on demand are just fine and those holding traditional values are falling into a increasing minority. It is a typical case of two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner.
*All quotes from Father Seraphim are taken from the book Nihilism:The Root Of the Revolution of the Modern Age, pages 28-29.