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  • Christians_in_Murca

    Government versus Christianity

    We may argue from a theological position and, I agree, much of what is permissible in this country in sinful. It sickens me. But let’s look at these things from a Constitutional perspective. The country was founded on the principles of freedom & liberty which were put in place to accommodate a wide variety of religions and political viewpoints. There is an inherent double edge to the American political system that was established.

    Thomas Jefferson is quoted as saying “The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as are injurious to others. But it does me no injury for my neighbour to say there are twenty gods, or no god. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg.”

    Yes, as Christians, we need to stand against evil in our society. Ben Franklin stated “only a virtuous people can remain free.”

    If we wish to maintain the freedoms WE value, we must also tolerate a certain amount of behavior from others which we instinctively find appalling. I stand with you in fighting the scourge of sin that is upon us.

    I’ve come to the conclusion that the only way WE can maintain our freedoms is to reciprocate to a certain degree. This is a deep issue but I’ll provide one example. I believe marriage is between one man and one woman. I also believe it’s a covenant made before God. Government has NO place in the equation. In fact, the government only got involved at one point to prevent blacks and whites from marrying. So their intervention was about control from the very beginning. Government has NO place intervening in marriage (i.e. who can and cannot marry, etc). From my perspective, marriage is between, first, individuals and their Creator, the two individuals themselves, and finally, the clergy who perform the ceremony.

    In my mind, the only thing that MIGHT quell the desire from the Left to control every thought and action is if we, ourselves, stop trying to control thought and action…to a degree, of course. The Ten Commandments are non-negotiable, of course. But I sense that if we don’t loosen the reigns to a certain degree, we will be the ones buried underneath the rubble once Progressive Liberals reaches its inevitable goal. And I’m not suggesting that churches EVER soften the message by not addressing the things that God labels as sinful.

    I’m NOT saying we should stop fighting the good fight. I’m just saying that using government to force others to do or not do what we see as acceptable (to a degree) is dangerous. Refer to history for a plethora of examples. There must be lines that are drawn, of course. Pedophilia is wholly unacceptable. Abortion is wholly unacceptable. But gay marriage….honestly, I think that’s something that should be left between all but the government. A government that can use force in these types of matters is a government that is a danger to all (as we’ve seen in regard to the Christian bakers, photographers, etc.).

    I hope you get what I’m trying to say here. I’m not saying we should soften our SPIRITUAL stance on these issues. I just think we need to also work toward removing the coercion of government in the lives of citizens.

    We don’t live in a theocracy. Let’s be prayerful. Let’s be loving while speaking the Truth. Let’s carry a burden for those who don’t know Jesus Christ. And let’s rest in the fact that God will sort it all out in the end.