11/11/2005

Discussion of Article 36: Part 2

I am sure I have said this before. It is my opinion that the notion of separation of Church and State has been severely misinterpreted. Christians need to be involved politically. They need to be able to speak to the State, to caution it against passing laws that are contrary to the will of God, to caution it against leading us down the road to chaos. Statesmen must be encouraged, by all available means, not, in the words of Sir Thomas More, "to give up their private conscience for the sake of their public duty."
Deuteronomy 4 speaks to this. God set down laws for the people. "Observing them carefully" would show our "wisdom and understanding to the nations." Later in Deuteronomy 17:14-20, God gives similar instructions on how the king is to behave. He is to know the Law and revere God. In Deuteronomy 27, God sets out curses for disobedience, and in 28 He sets out blessings for obedience.

But how do we submit ourselves to a government that is so blatantly corrupt? How can we pay taxes to our government in the face of flagrant spending, blatant disregard for the public good, a total lack of any form of ethics or moral values and assorted types of criminal activity? Our nation is clearly a disobedient one. Those who lead us do not fear God. They don't even consider Him when passing laws, as it is somehow considered a "violation of Church and State." Ironically, there is still prayer before each sitting.

Consider Rome during the time of Paul, and Spain (and other parts of Europe) during the time of de Bras. One could certainly argue that both lived in a time that was at least as, if not more, corrupt than our own. Nevertheless, when each wrote the portions I have selected, they had almost nothing to say on the corrupt behaviour of their respective governments. Their status as the servant of God is discussed, but that is all.
How can this be?
Many prophets in the Bible denounced the wicked behaviour of their rules. Recall Elijah and his continual challenges against Ahab and Jezebel. Consider John Knox. "Give me Scotland ere I die!" He had many fiery words against various rulers in Britain. (Please note: I would disagree with him on some issues, but that's not really the point.)
It is certainly not wrong to call our leaders to repentance. In fact, we should probably be doing it more often. It has occured to me that every time our government prays before a sitting and then passes laws like the gy marriage bill or the impending marijuana legislation, they are in fact calling judgement on themselves. How can it be otherwise? One cannot claim to believe in or follow God and then wantonly disobey Him.
But what of our submission?

1 comment:

Canadi-anna said...

Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar's,
and unto God the things that are God's . . .
We have to concern ourselves with our own response to society.

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