Thideology news of the day

Compromising the gospel

Yesterday I briefly addressed the danger of allowing cultural influence on the church. Today I found this commentary, written by Mike Adams, that outlines how such cultural influences led to a compromise of the gospel at his church making it necessary for him to leave.

Big government on the march

typewriter3.jpgThe founding fathers advocated a small, decentralized form of federal government because they had this hunch about the nature of power. They seemed to think that once power became consolidated in one place it would corrupt those who wielded it and tyranny would result. They believed such a government would seek to dictate to everyone how they would behave, take property from citizens in violation of their rights to property, and might even go so far as to make determinations about what is and is not the proper way to think.

But that could never happen in America. Those founding fathers must not have known what they were talking about.

Ron Paul for president

Here is a little more information on congressman Ron Paul, his ideas about government, and his possible run for the presidency in 2008.

Bumper sticker of the day

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About Chip
Chip is a graduate of Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, AR and Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary in Memphis, TN. He served more than five years on the staff of the State Convention of Baptists in Indiana as Director of Communications and Public Relations, editor of the Indiana Baptist newsjournal, and regular contributor to the Baptist Press, the official news service of the Southern Baptist Convention. He currently earns his living as a writer. He serves his local church as a teacher and deacon and his local Baptist Association as a Seminary Extension instructor and supply preacher.

2 Responses to Thideology news of the day

  1. That was 200+ years ago. In these times the more power we take from our government, the more we give to corporations. We’re safer with the govt.

  2. Chip says:

    abyssalleviathin — Some things haven’t changed over the past 200+ years. Men are still quite corruptible and when given power are likely to abuse it. That is why Thomas Jefferson said, “In questions of power, then, let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief with the chains of the Constitution.”

    Our problem is the “chains of the Constitution” have long been broken and the people who rule in Washington wield far more power than the Constitution authorizes.

    You seem to think we are better off with government having power than with corporations having power. I disagree. Here’s why: A corporation can only have my money if I willingly give it to them in exchange for some good or service. There are almost always alternatives to doing business with any corporation. Microsoft is demonized these days. But I prefer Macs and have very little to do with Microsoft.

    By contrast the government has the power (not necessarily the authority) to take my money quite literally at the point of a gun. The government annually confiscates a huge percentage of my money to pay for things with which I disagree — and for which they have no Constitutional authority. However, if I withhold my money from them they will eventually arrest me and throw me in jail.

    Of the two — corporations and government — I think it is the government that is to be feared more.

    It is for these reasons I agree with the founding fathers in their assessment that the “government is best which governs least.”

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