A satanic group commissioned a statue of the devil to be placed beside a Ten Commandments monument on the Statehouse lawn in Oklahoma City. “The statue, being sculpted in a New York studio, is nearly complete, according to Lucien Greaves, spokesman for the Satanic Temple.” The statue is an image of Baphomet, or Sabbatic Goat, a figure that has been used to represent Satan for centuries.
I love this response to the proposed satanic idol. “Oklahoma officials say there is no way in hell that a statue of Satan will ever assume a position at the Capitol.”
“Invoking the guidance of Almighty God, in order to secure and perpetuate the blessing of liberty; to secure just and rightful government; to promote our mutual welfare and happiness, we, the people of the State of Oklahoma, do ordain and establish this Constitution.”
It’s not invoking the guidance of Almighty God and Satan; it’s God alone. In fact, God is the antithesis of Satan. To combine them in a place of authority makes the display philosophically and logically divided against itself: “Any kingdom divided against itself is laid waste; and any city or house divided against itself will not stand” (Matt. 12:25).
The state of Oklahoma would be stupid to allow such a contradictory statement of belief. It would be similar to placing the Constitution of an Islamic nation next to our own Constitution; it would have the same illogical and insane effect.
No person, nation, or state can be religiously neutral. If a government refuses to acknowledge God as the sovereign ruler over its affairs, it is not being neutral. It has taken a position against God and has made itself the sovereign ruler over everybody’s affairs with no ultimate authority to which it would have to answer. The State would be God. G.W.F. Hegel (1770-1831) said as much:
“The state in and by itself is the ethical whole, the actualisation of freedom; and it is an absolute end of reason that freedom should be actual. The state is mind on earth and consciously realising itself there. In nature, on the other hand, mind actualises itself only as its own other, as mind asleep. Only when it is present in consciousness, when it knows itself as a really existent object, is it the state. In considering freedom, the starting-point must be not individuality, the single self-consciousness, but only the essence of self-consciousness; for whether man knows it or not, this essence is externally realised as a self-subsistent power in which single individuals are only moments. The march of God in the world, that is what the state is.”
There’s no getting around the simple and irrefutable principle that there is always a god in authority.