The goal of Christian faith is to subject the total life to God, to “take every thought captive to obey Christ.” All life is under God, depending upon and subject to Him. Indeed, the very things which the natural mind makes the objects of its idolatrous worship become, for the mind of faith, instruments in service to God. The idolatrous man may worship the state as thought it were divine. Against this idolatry, exemplified in Roman emperor-worship and modern totalitarianism, Christianity has always protested.
Jaroslav Pelikan, Fools for Christ: Essays on the True, the Good, and the Beautiful, viii.