By Theodore Shoebat
The ministry of Christ was not established to form a minority of Christians so that they could remain in a world dominated by darkness. The light of Christ was brought to humanity, to illuminate the whole earth, dissipate the black night of the devil. Christ commanded, “teach ye all nations; baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.” (Matthew 28:19) Because of the tenacious nature of expansion within Christianity, soon all of the Roman Empire would become Christian, and thus Christendom formed.
The Lord is “not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9) Christ does not want only a small minority to be amongst His flock, but every man in the world. So how then could the Church remain so small, and never reach to the heights of the earth and flood all nations with its beauties? It was impossible that it could do this, and only a wicked heretic would wish it to. The Church had to expand, and expand it did. And soon did the luminaries of the Orthodox Faith inundate the earth and destroy the bastions of darkness. The Roman Empire eventually became Christian, and what was it suppose to do, but change its ways for the cause of Christ? And this it most certainly did, by the will of God. St. Augustine elaborately explained that the Apostles had no power to punish sacrilege, but now that the whole empire was Christian, it was thus established to punish the haters of God and bring low the towers of heresy and the pinnacles of those who wanted to destroy Christianity and the most glorious Church:
“Since, then, kings did not yet serve the Lord in the times of the Apostles, but were still devising vain things against Him and against His Christ, so that all the predictions of the Prophets might be fulfilled, certainly they were not then able to restrain wickedness by law, but were practicing it themselves. The sequence of time was so unrolled that the Jews killed the preachers of Christ, thinking they were doing a service to God, as Christ had foretold, and the Gentiles raged against the Christians, and the patience of the martyrs won the victory. But after the prophetic words began to be fulfilled, as it is written: ‘And all the kings of the earth shall adore him; all nations shall serve him [Psalm 71:11],’ what serious-minded man would to kings: ‘Do not trouble to care whether the Church of your Lord is hampered or attacked by anyone in your kingdom; let it not concern you whether a man chooses to practice or to flout religion’? For it would not be possible to say to them: ‘Let it not concern you whether anyone in your kingdom chooses to be virtuous or shameless.’ Why, then, since free will has been divinely bestowed on man, should adultery be punished by law and sacrilege permitted? Is it a lesser matter for a soul to keep the faith with God than for a woman to keep it with her husband? Or if offenses committed, not through contempt but through ignorance of religion, are to be punished more leniently, is that any reason for overlooking them altogether?” (Augustine, letter 185, ch. 20)
By the will of God, did the rulers who “are not a terror to good works, but to evil” executed their authority for God, and the one who “does not bear the sword in vain” wielded the blade for the cause of Christ. Thus was Christendom, and as it once was, so soon shall it return, “to execute wrath on him who practices evil.” (Romans 13:3-4)