Category Archives: Church & Politics

Homosexuality: If Gay Marriage is Contrary to God’s Will, Shouldn’t It Be Illegal? Part 3

Some principles 1. The United States is not a theocracy and not the Kingdom. Although Rome had been a republic governed by a senate for many years, by the time of Jesus and his apostles, Rome was an empire ruled … Continue reading

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Homosexuality: If Gay Marriage is Contrary to God’s Will, Shouldn’t It Be Illegal? Part 2

The government seen positively Well, even though I’m a lawyer, I took no political science classes. (Math major. Ask me about cosines sometime.) And the Bible does not give a complete theology of good government. But it does speak of … Continue reading

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Homosexuality: If Gay Marriage is Contrary to God’s Will, Shouldn’t It Be Illegal? Part 1

Remember: my goal is not to provide a final, definitive answer. My goal is to lay out some principles that must be considered to reach a final, definitive answer. As always, the readers are invited to discuss, and maybe even … Continue reading

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The Church and Politics: Responding to Gay Marriage Proposals

I’ve been working on a new series on faith and works (no surprise to those who got the “Oops” post, I know). And so I’ve not really had much time to ponder the profundities of President Obama’s decision to support … Continue reading

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The Political Church: What Happened to Just War?

I was teaching Sunday school class not long ago. It’s a class of more or less young adults – most with children of school age. And I asked them if they’ve ever heard of “just war” doctrine. It was a … Continue reading

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The Political Church: Framing the Discussion

Pictures have frames to separate them from their surroundings, to help the eye distinguish the picture from the noise of the background. The frame helps us see the picture for what it really is. When we discuss politics from the … Continue reading

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The Political Church: An Approach to the Problem, Part 3

Another example: gambling The church has traditionally opposed gambling, although the scriptures say nothing against gambling at all. The traditional arguments are — * Gambling can be addictive (true, but not for most) * Gambling is an effort to make … Continue reading

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