What should we call Christian Anarchism?

Josh Porter, mastermind behind one of the greatest bands ever, Showbread, shares his thoughts on politics and Christianity.

Joshua S. Porter


Often, I have favored the term “Christian Anarchy” when describing what I perceive to be the theological perspective that best describes the relationship between disciple of Jesus and the State (or, the government). The reasons I have favored this term are threefold: Firstly, it is used by many of the authors and thinkers who have informed my own opinion on the subject. Second, the term has etymological significance. The final advantage to the term “Christian Anarchy,” is, I think, the attention it garners, which almost inevitably leads to conversation. People tend to laugh, recoil, or furrow their brow in confusion, and questions typically follow.

But is Christian Anarchism the best way to describe the way a Jesus-follower relates to government and politics? Is the position a one-size-fits-all, or is there room for diversity within so specific a view?

And what the heck is Christian Anarchy, anyway?

Depends on who you ask. The term…

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2 comments on “What should we call Christian Anarchism?

  1. Yesterday I saw a flagpole outside of a local church that was flying the American flag, the Texas flag, and the Christian flag. They shared a flagpole one on top of the other. The Christian flag was on bottom. I wonder if such a thing is a disordered set of allegiances, or if it is a reflection of Christian submission for the sake of the Gospel.

    • I’m willing to bet that it is allegiance to the state power, as the near ubiquity of national allegiance, over and above (or at least seen as the logical conclusion of Christendom) Jesus, seems to be the norm, especially in the Bible bet. I doubt many would see it as subjugation of the Gospel in those churches, however. Perhaps, a complimentary and necessary commissioned ministry. I was watching a discussion between Hauerwas, Howard Lesnick, and an evangelical preacher and the preacher consistently underlined his point that the state is a necessary and legitimate ministry of God. While he tried to emphasize that it was separate from the church, his constancy and rhetoric seemed to suggest otherwise.

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