Drawing anarchy symbols all over my folders when I was in high school was not because I liked alternative music, it was an act of foreshadowing for my life with Christ.
I never realized how much my thinking leaned toward anarchist ways until after many years of being sucked into a human made system called “church”. It took many years for me to realize all the religious bullshit that was really going on right before my very eyes.
The institutional church is now history for me, and if I am to categorize myself, which I really do not like to do, I guess you can say I fit the Christian Anarchy mold. You can call me a Church Anarchist, or let’s say a “Churcharchist”.
If you place a political theology and a political philosophy into a blender and run it on high and then add a touch of Christianity and a pinch of anarchism you will get a concoction called Churcharchism.
The outcome is a grounded belief that there is only one source of authority to which Christians are ultimately answerable, the authority God has embodied in the teachings of Jesus, and thus rejecting the idea that human governments have ultimate authority over human societies.
This is where I denounce the “church” and claim that it is violent, deceitful, and when glorified, idolatrous.
The society a churcharchist like myself envisions is one where we all come together as the “one anothers” we read about in scripture to provide for the needs of people, all people, instead of giving and working to make the organization and the religious capitalists richer within the walls of “their” church run society.
No human being should be granted power and control over others, we should be free to live without religious denominational dogma controlling us.
We do not need to be shackled into tithing in order to provide a life for ourselves and others.
We do not need to be required to make a certain amount of money, live a certain way, act a certain way, or dress a certain way to be accepted inside any man-made organization.
Churcharchy longs to bring about a society where we all are not hierarchically organized according to their abilities, race, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, the country they were born in, or any other label we use to organize and identify ourselves. Why do we go out of our way to separate us all when we are all one in God?
So, what does God and Christ have to do with the anarchy symbol I drew as a kid?
The trinity makes up three persons… God, Jesus, and Spirit. These three persons are separate, yet somehow the same and equal at the same time. Do not ask me to explain this, it is one of the unexplainable mysteries of the Christian faith. God, Jesus, and Spirit are three separate, but equal “non-hierarchical” persons that love each other. None is more important than the other, and none has power over the other. Their relationship is based on mutual love. Pretty simple, yet complex.
I am also a firm believer that we are all created in the image of God, who is somehow one-third of the distinct form of three. If we are created in the image of God, and we are also clearly taught to love and live like Christ, then we should also be “non-hierarchical” people who love each other.
We all cannot live as “Church” once someone powers over another person, or once a hierarchy is formed. Once hierarchy happens, we cease to be fully human as God intended.
That would make a good bumper sticker… “hierarchy happens” … you just need to change shit to hierarchy. It is pretty much the same thing, right?
As a Churcharchist, I am not satisfied with claiming to love one another, feed the poor, help the widows, while loving and celebrating a system that destroys them and me. Many church denominations are in bed with this huge “church” empire that killed Jesus.
Anarchism helped me more fully understand Jesus and His message, and how to live out the Gospel of Love in a world that is fighting against Love.