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May 8, 2016

Roman Lictor with Fasces, Author Xadaga (PD)

“…[P]ut off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt …and… put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness” (Eph. 4: 22, 24).

“Fasces” is the term for a bundle of wooden rods bound together with an axe. The image is displayed in the US House of Representatives, and appears on the dime. Meant to signify strength through unity, the fasces stood for a magistrate’s power over life and death, in ancient Rome.

Though most of us have forgotten now, it was, also, adopted in the 1920s as the symbol of Benito Mussolini’s National Fascist Party.


Fascism as a form of government is characterized by extreme nationalism, authoritarianism, and right wing values. Its professed goal is to re-establish law and order in society. Freedom and individual rights are viewed as secondary to that goal.

Fascism opposes democratic thought, favoring totalitarianism and a one-party system. This ideology is coupled with a belief in so called “racial purity” and the New Man (Friedrich Nietzche’s “Superman”), a superior human being devoid of individuality, and characterized instead by hyper-masculinity and violence.

A Cult of Personality

A cult of personality developed around Mussolini, as fascism took hold in Italy. A similar cult grew up around Francisco Franco in Spain. Propaganda, captive media, and constant praise were used to create idealized images of both men.

Both exploited this – employing secret police, politically motivated executions, forced labor, and concentration camps to enforce their will. Rather than restored, the rule of law was abolished, and naked power substituted.

A New Man in Christ

With this history, it is not surprising that some have found the political violence and other aspects of the current campaign chilling.

Christianity, too, speaks of a new man. But the concept is wholly different from that proposed by Nietzche. The old Adam, Christians know, was replaced sacrificially by the new Adam who is Jesus Christ. The old man in each of us – our Adamic nature, prone to sin – is replaced by a new man, born again through Christ.

No political party or ideology, right wing or left, no attempt at social engineering, no matter how severely enforced, will turn men into Supermen. Our defect is a spiritual one.

But those who do not heed the past are doomed to repeat it.


  1. First Anna, that was a great history lesson! Second…well sigh…..I don’t know what to say. Pretty sure I’m skipping the upcoming election. Sadly many will cast a vote for the “personality” just because they hate the other so. Me? They can both go away.

    Good stuff, thanks.

    • Thanks, Wally! 🙂 It is always good hearing from you. Like you, I believe there is little of value being offered by either party. Character seems a foreign concept to most politicians. Political promises are as unreliable as soap bubbles.

      • But to not participate is not good either. I pray for some independent who I can live with will run.

      • I think you may have to run, yourself, Wally. You’d have my vote. 🙂

    • LOL okay. You vote for me, I vote for you. All good!

  2. I’ve been formulating a post very similar to this Anna. Having now read yours I am having doubts about completing it,as I doubt mine would measure up to one so gifted.Thank you for pushing the boundaries to keep the standard highs. Your posts often stretch me in ways I am not always comfortable with,yet I am grateful to still be learning.
    Have a blessed day!

    • Shoot! You are way too kind, Ron. 🙂 I’m truly glad, however, to hear this. Not that I believe your own efforts would be, in any way, inferior to mine. If anything, I find your posts articulate, impassioned, and biblically sound. They help ground me.

      Rather, it seems to me that God was working on both our hearts, about this issue. That gives me some confidence I was on the right track.

      I am always leery of commenting on politics. Though political views impact lives, I do not wish to suggest that God endorses a particular party.

      Wish your wife a Happy Mother’s Day for me!


  3. Other than the strong nationalism, how does Fascism differ from Socialism. Governmental control, totalitarianism and cult of personality (Stalin, Castro, Kim, Chavez, etc.) seem to be defining characteristics of both, although many like to put them on different wings of the spectrum (left wing vs. right wing).

    It seems to me that the continuum should redefined from left/right wing to totalitarianism/freedom.

  4. Anna thank you for this excellent article. As I was reading it, i thought there might be opposition to what you wrote, but thank you for the courage to say it. As for me, I have no one to vote for. So I’m with Wally, now you have two votes!

  5. Today’s political corruption definitely makes it difficult to know
    which end is up! :-/ Yet… God did use Herod’s unwitting census
    scheme to fulfill prophecy 🙂 And so, we need to hope/pray/trust
    that He will do the same with our modern-day jokers! 🙂 ♥ ❤

  6. Reblogged this on idahodimple and commented:
    This is not a recent post, but the history lesson is timeless. Do not forget the past, learn from it!

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