Thideology news of the day

Then and Now

typewriter2.jpgThe entire system of American government was predicated upon the idea of liberty. People are free to do whatever they want, whenever they want as long as they do not interfere with another’s right to do the same. And governments, according to America’s founders, are instituted solely for the protection of these rights (which we already possess). This is expressed in America’s foundational document — The Declaration of Independence. They even went so far as to say that if a government “became destructive of these ends,” meaning a government no longer limits itself to merely protecting your rights to life and liberty, then the people have a right to “alter or abolish it, and to institute new Government.”

Their political philosophy was known as “classical liberalism” but today it’s called “libertarianism.” You can read about a few of their contributions to America here.

Unfortunately, classical liberalism represents a very small portion of American political thought today. Today, by contrast, we have liberals and conservatives both trying to dictate how everyone else should live. The idea of individual liberty is all but lost. And this has some potentially serious consequences for the church. Read…

Today’s headlines

Diss a “gay” Go to jail! — merely reading portions of Scripture which characterize homosexuality as sinful may soon be a crime.

“Natural family” called derogatory to “gays” — again, special protection is being considered for homosexuals and any notions not officially sanctioned by the state will be criminal.

Do we really want socialized medicine? — Walter E. Williams discusses just how bad socialized medicine is. Oh, and the fact Congress has no authority to institute it (but that hasn’t stopped them before).

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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.

3 Responses to Thideology news of the day

  1. ThirstyDavid says:

    “People are free to do whatever they want, whenever they want as long as they do not interfere with another’s right to do the same.”

    On that principle (with which I agree), what should we do about homosexual “marriage?”

  2. Chip says:

    ThirstyDavid — That’s an excellent question about a touchy subject but I’ll give it a go…

    First of all let me begin by saying I believe homosexuality to be sinful, based on the testimony of Scripture. I am convinced that the Bible is the completely-inerrant, authoritative Word of God and it contains a clear teaching about the sinfulness of homosexuality — regardless of the way many people massage the text in order to make allowances for it.

    I fully accept God’s standard regarding this subject. Homosexuality is wrong.

    Now… (here’s where many of my brothers and sisters in Christ will disagree with me)…I do not think there should be a legal prohibition against homosexual “marriage” for a number of reasons:

    1) I don’t see why the state has any business at all regulating the personal relationships of individuals, period. The state has no reason to be involved in marriages at all. The proper role of government — according to Romans 13 and the Declaration of Independence — is the application of justice when one person violates the rights of another. That’s it.

    Some Christians will argue that homosexuality is sinful and should, therefore, be illegal. There’s no biblical basis for such a sentiment. Besides, a lot of things are sinful that I’m certain we don’t want made into crimes: lying, laziness, gluttony, etc.

    2) As Christians we hold other Christians accountable to God’s standard. We have every right to confront our brethren when they engage in homosexuality because God’s Word instructs us to apply church discipline in such cases so that they may repent and be restored. The state should have no influence in church matters at all.

    3) The Bible also tells us that we are NOT to judge those outside the church. I Corinthians 5:12-13 says, “What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside? God will judge those outside.”

    A huge part of the Baptist legacy (I’m a Baptist, by the way) is liberty. Roger Williams left Massachusetts and formed Rhode Island, in part, because he believed everyone should be allowed to live their lives as they saw fit — even to their own detriment. I agree.

    Will God hold homosexuals accountable for their sin? You bet. What are we to do, then? Witness. Share the love, grace, and salvation available to them through our Lord Jesus Christ. If God saves them then we have an obligation to help hold them accountable for their behavior. If God does not save them then we should not be surprised to see them continue living in a sinful manner. After all, the sin nature is the only nature they have.

    Homosexuals may run around getting “married” at every “church” which will sanction such a union but it doesn’t mean it’s an actual marriage. God created the institution of marriage and He defined it’s meaning. Anything else is simply NOT a marriage — regardless of whether or not the word “marriage” is attached.

  3. ThirstyDavid says:

    I guess I have to agree with that. However, I think it is unavoidable that marriage and law meet at times. For example, if homosexuals are allowed to marry, then homosexual couples must be allowed to adopt. Certainly, then, it cannot be said that they are only hurting themselves. What about insurance benefits? When insurance benefits extend to spouses, then insurance companies are forced to recognize homosexual marriages whether they want to or not. These are just a couple of complications that seem to require some application of law.

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