In the first 4 parts of this series we established that the more judeo-christian a political theory is, the smaller the roll of the State seems to become. In short, Christian cultures believe God Himself sets the original blueprint for what rules a society follows and how human relationships are structured. Then the State steps in only to enforce this order:
If you observe past political theories that were based on atheistic worldviews (e.g.: former USSR, China, etc) you will note that they elevate the State to the role of God-hood. Something has to fill the power vaccuum. If a transcendent Creator does not exist to establish order and meaning, humans will coalesce into an elite leadership that will then play god over society. In short, the State becomes God because somebody has to: Continue reading “The Christian and the State PART 5 – Political Correctness”
The King who thinks he is God… soon becomes the devil.
It would be hard to look at history and find reason to disbelieve that statement.
According to Romans chapter 13, the State is God’s servant and will be judged by Him. Hence rulers who take the mantle of leadership in government will undergo a strict judgment and should rule according to justice and not ego or selfish ambition.
This simple but powerful concept rushed into the once barbaric Roman Empire after Constantine legalized Christianity in A.D. 312. The faith quickly “infected” culture and politics and turned the blood lusting Roman world into modern Europe, a hot bed of human flourishing. For nearly a thousand years after Constantine christened Rome, apostles, scholars, priests and bureaucrats yearned to create a legal system that would be deemed just by the God of their bible. Kings were told that they would be judged according to their righteousness and so pressure mounted on them to be just and fair to their subjects. In A.D. 1215 the Magna Carta was born of this urge and the origins of radical concepts of freedom for the common man were born. Unheard of ideals such as separation of Church and State, the legal system being above the King himself, protection from unlawful imprisonment and unfair taxation were in their embryonic form in “the Great Charter.”
Continue reading “The Christian and the State PART 4 – The American Experiment”
Webster’s dictionary, in 1828, defined politics as follows:
“Science of government; that part of ethics which consists in the regulation and government of a nation or state, for the preservation of its safety, peace and prosperity… …and the protection of its citizens… …with the preservation and improvement of their morals.” Continue reading “The Christian and the State PART 3 – The State”
In Part 1 of this series on politics we looked at the importance of studying our history so we can know what has and has not worked in government. Our past also helps us understand who we are and where we are going. Now, in our second part, we will look at the structure of human relationships.
Job 25:2 states “…He establishes order…” and 1 Corinthians 14:33 says “…God is not a God of disorder…” One look at nature and we can see this to be true. A chicken egg, for example, has over 10,000 pores to allow the chick embryo to breath. At 19 days the chick starts pecking downwards towards the air space which contains 6 hours of oxygen. This is enough to allow it to rest and then wrestle the rest of the way through the outer shell and be born. Continue reading “The Christian and the State PART 2 – Community”
In this series we will be answering two simple questions. First, what is the government supposed to look like in an ideal world? Second, what is the Christian’s relationship to the government? Before we can answer this we have to dust off our tools. One essential tool is history. The past is the key to the present and the future. Everything we have learned we have learned from the past. Our medical knowledge is built on past trial and error. Our airplanes are constructed with the help of past mechanical successes and failures. So why would we build our civilization without referring to the past? It would be disastrous in medicine and aviation, and it would be equally a disaster in politics.
“Remember the former things, those of long ago; I am God, and there is no other…”
– Isaiah 46:9-11 Continue reading “The Christian and the State PART 1 – HISTORY”
The crackle of a firing squad. A metallic thunk from the guillotine. Ropes tightening under the body weight of a hung prisoner. Long morbid lists could be made detailing the human history of capital punishment. Continue reading “Is The Old Testament Moral? SECTION ONE of PART 4”
Proof 1 – The First World:
With all of its fairly stenchy warts and wobbles, the “Western World” (i.e.: North America and western Europe) is the “go to” spot for the world’s down and outers. As the Muslim world implodes on itself they are not rushing Chinese or African borders, they are going “west.” Before our modern refugee crisis, the West was still the epicenter of cultural, commercial and scientific revolutions that had never occurred anywhere else. And it did so while it was predominantly gripped by a Christian worldview. It was a Christianized Roman Empire that began reforming from barbarism towards the slowly evolving European world which eventually gave birth to British Common Law, the U.S.’s Bill of Rights and the United Nations Charter of Human Rights. Nowhere on planet earth today – or in history – have people enjoyed greater protection under the law from their governments than here in the “First” or “Western” world. Atheistic thinkers such as Harvard’s Steven Pinker readily admit that judeo-christian ethics are the foundation of North American and European views of mankind’s special position in the natural realm. Pinker is a radical philosopher that would sacrifice a handicapped baby in order to save the life of a non-handicapped one.1 This type of triage occurs all the time in societies that do not see humans as possessing a different value than animals and things. Continue reading “5 Things About Life That Show Christianity is True”