Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Church-State Separation?

When Paul is in Corinth, "the Jews made a united attack on Paul and brought him into court" (Acts 18.12). They get thrown out by Gallio the proconsul "since it involves questions about words and names and your own law" (18.15); he doesn't care about such things.

The religious leaders in those days apparently liked to take their cases to the civil courts -- that's how they got Jesus killed.

So how important is it for the civil government to reflect God's views and values? Or, more to the point, mine?

As an American, I am very concerned about violent crime, abortion, neglect of the poor, sexual immorality, public education, homosexual marriages, and so on, because history has shown that these are leading indicators of societal health. And as a Christian I'm also concerned about most of these things. So I certainly pray for wise decisions to be made by government leaders, but so far it's not working very well.

It may be that the Lord is doing to the USA what he did to Israel:

"In those days the Lord began to reduce the size of Israel. Hazael overpowered the Israelites throughout their territory ...." (2 Kings 10.32)

If so, he may be doing it by allowing the unwise decisions our government has made over the past few years...? And what must we do? Pray, certainly, and work for justice.
(posted 6/28)

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