THE LATEST SEASON OF “HOUSE OF CARDS” MELDS FANTASY WITH REALITY BY DEPICTING AN OCCULT RITUAL THAT SEEMS TOO RIDICULOUS FOR REAL LIFE…
Season 5 of Netflix’s political hit takes the devious President Underwood into the shadows of a secret club in California. Filled with the most powerful men in the world, the President participates in bizarre rituals that defy the rationalism valued by the intellectual elite.
But all is not as it seems. The club depicted in the show is modeled on a real-life organization called the Bohemian Grove.
THE ORIGINAL MODEL
The archetypal model of such clubs is the Christian church. It is an hierarchical organization with Christ as its head (Col. 1:18), ordained officers in the form of pastors, elders, deacons (1 Tim. 3:1, Titus 1:5, Acts 14:23), and the remainder of the body which consists of the general members (1 Cor. 12:27).
The Church initiates its members with the baptismal oath of allegiance. It renews this membership often through a group meal (the Lord’s Supper) which it shares with its head. The members are granted eternal salvation, but they must also abide by certain rules in the form of God’s commandments and laws. This is in order to fulfill Christ’s institutional goal: the extension of his kingdom across the face of the earth (Hab. 2:14), and to put down all rival authorities (1 Cor. 15:24).
Christ’s rules are ethical. As the head of the Church, He is omniscient and omnipotent. He coordinates all things in the universe in order to bring to fulfillment his plan for history. He does not necessarily guarantee his members earthly wealth, success, and power for obeying his rules for life. However, they may earn those things as a result since good things generally happen to good people. Those are the rules of the universe, instituted by the creator of the universe (Prov. 16:3, Deut. 30:8-9).
On the other hand, there are rival institutions created by power seekers in an attempt to challenge this power and authority. They seek to rule the world, but on their own terms…