Many monarchies cloaked themselves in a veneer of Christianity, but none of them really were Christian in their governance. All were really just petty tyrannies that used and abused the Church in order to perpetuate further oppression.
Well said, Brian, I would agree with you. That does not mean to say, as Andreas mentioned, that certain emperors (or presidents) were not saints. I believe many of them were; but also... that their position of power in government is at spiritual odds with the kingdom of God. This was true of David’s kingdom as well as the Eastern and Western Monarchies of the Roman Empire. They all ended up heretical. Christ’s Kingdom is the only acceptable kingdom to govern mankind. This is the gospel, or good news... declaring God's Kingdom! This is the earthly struggle that we contend with as saints… we either stand for the Kingdom of God, which is light, or we stand for the Kingdoms of man, which are dark. We cannot have two masters.
Such compromises always lead Christians into religious institutions that are sanctioned by earthly governments. All a religion then has to stand on is their own traditions. They sentimentally look back at the hay-day when the effects of government influence were the least noticeable. This is the age of the fathers
that became politically aligned after Nicene. All Christians prior to this age were not aligned politically. Justin Martyr’s apology's Against the Roman Senate
are examples of how far the church had drifted away from its roots when compared to Augustine’s City of God
. The greatest form of government control came through government endorsement.
When the church and beast go hand in hand on a political journey together; the church inevitably takes the ride of heresy with the beast. I think you are correct in your over-view, Brian. Thanks