Even Solid Pulpits Fail To Fully Address Social Crisis

A pastor enunciated from behind the pulpit that Communism was not inherently in opposition with Christianity.

Rather, only that ideology’s anti-religious accretions were evil, not necessarily the systemic imposed material equality. But doesn’t that violate the dictum of “Thou shalt not steal”?

And what about the Biblical truism of a workman being worthy of his hirer?

Furthermore, if everyone was to be given the exact same allotment, why should anyone break their backside or put forth anything beyond minimal effort?

A pastor announced from the pulpit that, if he was around during the American Revolutionary War, he could not in good conscience necessarily support the Independence movement.
The ministered based his position on Romans 13:1-7.

In this passage, it is taught there is no authority but that which has been established by God.

But the question must be asked who determines what constitutes the established authority?

In some parts of Syria and Iraq now, would that be the ISIS jihadists?

There are reports that, despite their faults, these pieces of human excrement are attempting to provide certain levels of government service.

Elsewhere in the sermon, the pastor let it slip that he accepts the rights provided by government.

If that is his political theology rather than the position that fundamental liberties as articulated by the Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution exist above the institutions of government and are bestowed by God upon the individual as a result of being created in the image of deity, on what grounds does this pastor bemoan the atrocities perpetrated by ISIS if they constitute the power God is allowing to prevail in these particular geographic areas?

A pastor condemning Christian support of the American Revolutionary War insisted that the Founding Fathers were not so much intending to implement Scripture but rather John Locke which was instead “philosophy”.

But is not hostility towards philosophy itself a philosophy? Without context, philosophy is itself like a gun in that it is morally neutral. It becomes good or bad dependent upon the character and the intentions of those wielding it.

It is near impossible for any nation other than the theocracy of Ancient Israel to implement Scripture directly.

As such, the only way to do so is through a PHILOPSHY deduced from the principles contained within the pages of Holy Writ.

Granted, the Founding Fathers were far from perfect in terms of their individual belief systems and professions of faith.

However, as John Warwick Montgomery points out in The Shaping Of America, even if the Founders did not set out to provide the nation with a system of government explicitly Christian in origin, what they did provide draws profound inspiration from that specific faith tradition.

By Frederick Meekins