What will happen when some nice Unitarians move in?
James Reesor wants to create a Christian nation based in Tennessee to serve as “a sanctuary from political corruption, economic instability and cultural degeneration.” But before you tune up your Nutbag Detector, hear him out. He actually has some interesting ideas.
His motivation, of course, is nothing new. CliffsNotes version: The world is turning to #%. We need a place of our own.
So Reesor, by turns cook and fringe gubernatorial candidate, is urging his brethren of faith to move to Tennessee (or the 10 surrounding states) to form Amerijericho.
The new homeland would be something akin to an Amish community, concentrated on the precepts of “servitude” and “humility.” Writes Reesor:
Transportation of persons from one location to another will be limited to walking, horse-drawn carriages, bicycles, and a limited number of battery operated vehicles. Work in fields will be done without the use of gasoline operated equipment. Homes will be constructed and insulated in unique ways to make cooling and heating more natural, and less dependent on costly fuels.
People of this generation can recapture traditions -- like the historic Pennsylvania Dutch -- that have been lost due to ignorance, greed, coveting, and all other sins related to rebellion against God.
When you think about it, it doesn’t sound all that bad – except during football season when you find yourself without cable.
But there are downsides to creating a new civilization. For one, we may end up trading a wasteful, incompetent government for something a bit more forceful. Writes Reesor: “Anything contrary to Truth should be banned!”
And it remains to be seen how “true Christians” will actually get along when forced to live side-by-side. Reesor, unlike most separatists, doesn’t define His People as the Let’s Go Scream at Pregnant Ladies Outside the Abortion Clinic variety. He has a rather expansive view – basically anyone who believes in Christ.
So how will the for-profit Christians, like the George W. faction, embrace servitude when they have a peculiarly aggressive jones for that whole covetous thing? Will money traders like JP Morgan Chase representatives be allowed inside the compound? And what happens when a nice gay Unitarian couple moves in next door? Will the horse-drawn ambulance be swift enough to retrieve people from cardiac arrest? And what about the Catholics, who just want to know when the bar opens – and if there will be bingo and a fish fry?
Inquiring minds want to know.