The Des Moines Register does not want to see the Johnson Amendment lifted which muzzles many churches and pastors from speaking out politically at church.
One of evangelicalism’s dilemmas during the late 20th and early 21st centuries has been to define the relationship between church and state.
Brian Myers: For Witherspoon, the truth of the gospel was not only vital to the Christian faith, but it was necessary to the very foundation of a nation.
Reformed Churches from a Dutch background have faced many choices over the years: Voetius or Cocceius, Afscheiding or Doleantie, Wilhelmina or Mussert, Hoeksema or Schilder. Now they are faced with a choice between a Two Kingdoms, Natural Law approach to culture and a Neo-Calvinistic approach. While it would be nice for Anglo-Celtic Calvinists to be […]
Scottish-born Reformed theologian, John Murray (1898-1975), who taught at Princeton Seminary and later on helped to found Westminster Seminary was not quiet about the roll of the church as it relates to politics. Found in the Collected Writings of John Murray: Lectures in Systematic Theology: When laws are proposed or enacted that are contrary to […]
My post yesterday reminded me of the tension that exists between conflicting worldviews and the institutions of Church and State. Chuck Colson in his book God & Government reminds us about the clear and distinct roles that each play. In God’s provision the state is not to seize authority over ecclesiastical or spiritual matters, nor […]
Did you hear what the Connecticut Legislature’s Committee on Judiciary tried to pull? They (in particular the Democratic co-chairs of the commitee, Rep. Michael P. Lawlor and Sen. Andrew McDonald) thought that dictating the structure of the Roman Catholic Church was a good idea. Introducing Raised Bill No. 1098: (a) A corporation may be organized […]
In chapter 22, “The Perils of Politics” in God & Government. Colson shares three potential pitfalls in the political realm for the Church and individual belivers if they are not wary. 1. The church will become just another special-interest group. Colson notes that was a mistake that President Reagan made when he was challenged by […]
Conservatives, in particular, conservative Christians get a bad rap from our “progressive” brethren about either being inconsistent regarding ministry to the poor or sometimes we are bluntly accused of not caring for the poor. I believe both are false and accusations like this are not helpful. While there may be individuals on the right who […]
1. With the ability to get up to 60 miles per gallon maybe it’s time to go out and buy that motorcycle. Nah, I’m still a few years away from my scheduled mid-life crisis, but it would save on gas. 2. A different perspective on the foreclosure mess. Very sad, but as Jake Bouma suggests […]
Following up on yesterday’s post “no theological virtues, no political order“. Chuck Colson in God & Government has made the case that society cannot survive without a vital religious influence, but will any religion do? Colson says no. I believe as a matter of faith and intellect that the Judeo-Christian religion must be that transcendent […]
Chuck Colson quotes Russell Kirk in God & Government. Kirk claims: Although church and state stand separate, the political order cannot be renewed without theological virtues working upon it… It is from the church that we receive our fundamental postulates of order, justice and freedom, applying them to our civil society. Nothing exists in a […]
I’ve been reading God & Government: An Insider’s View On The Boundaries Between Faith & Politics by Charles Colson. In the chapter “King Without a Country” Colson describes the political atmosphere of first century Palestine, and how His Kingdom was received then. Not much differently than how it is received now. He writes: His message, […]
I started reading God & Government: An Insider’s View on the Boundaries Between Faith & Politics by Charles Colson a couple of days ago. In first chapter titled “Kingdoms in Conflict” he shared a couple of quotes that stood in stark contrast from one another. Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when […]
Podcast: Download | EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | Google Play | Stitcher | TuneIn 1. Great side by side comparison – Sarah Palin vs. Barack Obama… if the Obama campaign really wants to attack her for “lack of experience” – don’t go there or do because it will be good for the McCain/Palin ticket and […]
1. Jeffrey Ressner of Politico interviews Dennis Miller. Money Quote: I view terrorists as really aggressive hecklers that we occasionally have to shut up. 2. Should being internet savvy be a qualification to be President? I can’t believe some people are even discussing this. Like the President is going to have time to surf the […]