State administered Grace

bulletholes.jpgHillary Clinton — the senator “from” New York and candidate for president — was invited to speak at an AIDS conference at Rick Warren’s church in California. Now, Rick Warren insisted that he was not giving a candidate the pulpit because the meeting was not a church service it was a conference. Nevertheless, the members of his church were inundated with socialist propaganda advocating all manner of state-controlled benevolence programs.

Hillary, along with every other Democrat candidate for president, advocates “universal healthcare.” That means government-controlled socialized healthcare.

In the first place, government-controlled healthcare is the opposite of liberty. It is the government telling you how to use your money. John Edwards — also a Democrat candidate for president — has already said you would have no choice in the matter. He has now gone on to say that if you try to refuse to participate in the program the government will garnish your wages to force you to comply. In both cases the government would be stealing your money.

In the second place Hillary’s message to Rick Warren’s church resonated with many of the members. Despite the fact that the Bible clearly teaches the only legitimate role for government is the restraint of evil (Romans 13) and that God’s chosen instrument of grace in this world is the church, many of the members of Warren’s church embraced Hillary’s notions of mandated, state-sponsored distribution of grace.

It doesn’t surprise me that the members of Warren’s church are unfamiliar with the biblical concept of doing good works so that God is glorified (as opposed to government good works where people come to think they are entitled to the fruits of another’s labor — also an unbiblical idea). Warren has jumped on a number of new age, emergent church-type bandwagons that have abandoned firm biblical teaching for the siren song of a worldly social gospel.

It’s long past time Christians awakened to the abuses government intervention has caused on the mission of the church. The church is to be God’s instrument of grace and government is to be limited specifically to the restraint of evil. This concept is both biblical and constitutional and our government has ignored both documents for far too long.

Bumper sticker of the Day:

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Note: Libertarianism is a political philosophy of liberty. In a typical presidential election there will be a libertarian party candidate running. This year there is a liberty-minded congressman running for the Republican Party nomination — Ron Paul (hence a bonus bumper sticker).

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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.

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