Christianity & Politics

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Legislating Morality?

Who Are You To Impose Your Morality on Others?

http://enrichmentjournal.ag.org/201003/201003_114_IMPOSE_MORAL.cfm

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Legislating Morality

http://trevorgrantthomas.blogspot.com/2013/03/legislating-morality.html

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‘You can’t legislate morality’ actually means ‘You shouldn’t make laws based on              your morality, but on mine instead.’

http://thefederalist.com/2017/10/13/can-legislate-morality/

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You Can’t Not Legislate Morality

https://www.thinkingchristian.net/posts/2013/06/you-cant-not-legislate-morality/

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Is Legislating Morality Biblical?

http://www.equip.org/article/is-legislating-morality-biblical-2/

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Because every law springs from a system of values and beliefs, every law is an instance of legislating Morality…  The question before us is never whether or not to legislate morality, but which moral system ought to be made legally binding.

http://www.equip.org/articles/law-and-morality/

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Should Christians Impose Their Moral Standards on Society?

http://str.typepad.com/weblog/2012/02/should-christians-impose-their-moral-standards-on-society.html

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Christians are so narrow-minded!

http://www.bethinking.org/introductory/you-christians-are-so-narrow-minded.htm

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Was the Early Church Communist?

http://pleaseconvinceme.blogspot.com/2012/10/was-early-church-communist.html

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Note to Bernie Sanders: The God of the Bible Is NOT a Socialist
He commands us to take care of the poor, but His commands don’t apply to governments — they belong to individuals, families, churches, and synagogues.

https://pjmedia.com/lifestyle/2015/9/16/note-to-bernie-sanders-the-god-of-the-bible-is-not-a-socialist/?singlepage=true

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Is Conservative Synonymous With Christian?

http://www.christianpost.com/news/media-debate-is-conservative-synonymous-with-christian-72525/print.html

[That seems like a fair question.  Since Jesus of Nazareth – who  accepted  his disciple Peter’s designated title of “Christ” – is the founder of Christianity, ASND simply asks,         “ What   would   Jesus   say   ( and do ) ?”]

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[Christians] must decide what in our culture is worth conserving and what needs to be rejected so that we can progress beyond it.

http://www.canonandculture.com/the-religious-problem-with-conservatism-and-progressivism/

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From time to time Christians may find themselves in tactical alliance with conservatives, just as with liberals, over particular policies, precepts, and laws. But they cannot be in strategic alliance, because their reasons for these stands are different; they are living in a different vision.

https://www.firstthings.com/article/1996/04/the-problem-with-conservatism

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The Problem[s] With Liberalism

https://www.firstthings.com/article/1996/03/the-problem-with-liberalism

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I will [always] vote in such a way that I do not participate in [or help perpetuate] the sins of other men [and/or women], but keep my heart, my Christian witness, and my reputation pure.  And in doing all of this, I will also vote in the absolute confidence that no matter who wins this [or any] election, a trustworthy God will be in complete control of all subsequent events, working all things together for the good of His beloved people [Rom 8:28], of whom I am so gratefully one.

http://www.clr4u.org/blog/?p=862

[Either Christians honor Christ by doing everything to and for His glory…

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1%20Corinthians+10:31&version=ESV

… — including how they vote — or they do not.  Sadly, most do not.  Yet amazingly,          He loves them anyway.]

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Wake Up, Christians.  There Is No Place For You In The Democrat Party.

http://www.theblaze.com/contributions/wake-up-christians-there-is-no-place-for-you-in-the-democrat-party/

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Christianity and Politics: How Shall the Twain Meet?

http://www.modernreformation.org/default.php?page=printfriendly&var1=Print&var2=736

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Christian Economics:

Why Should Christians Care About Economics?

http://blog.tifwe.org/why-should-christians-care-about-economics/

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[Dr.] Walter Williams [and Dr. Thomas Sowell] explains why capitalism is moral in 5 minutes

http://winteryknight.wordpress.com/2012/11/13/walter-williams-explains-why-capitalism-is-moral-in-5-minutes/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

[Both Drs. are black American heroes.]

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Bible doesn’t command wealth redistribution, presenters say at theological meeting

http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=39349

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What should Christians believe about economic policy and social justice?

http://winteryknight.wordpress.com/2009/11/10/what-should-christians-believe-about-economic-policy-and-social-justice/

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How can we apply a Christian worldview to social and political issues?

https://www.probe.org/christian-worldview-and-social-issues/

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Should Christians support the death penalty?

http://www.probe.org/site/c.fdKEIMNsEoG/b.5410739/k.C212/Capital_Punishment.htm

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The Ethics of Capital Punishment

http://www.equip.org/articles/the-ethics-of-capital-punishment/

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Moral and spiritual issues in the 2012 election.  Which view do you favor?

http://www.christianessentialssbc.com/downloads/2012/2012-10-14-2012-election.pdf

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The God of the Bible Is NOT a Socialist

http://pjmedia.com/lifestyle/2015/09/15/note-to-bernie-sanders-the-god-of-the-bible-is-not-a-socialist/?print=1

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God’s Side in Politics

http://www.str.org/articles/does-god-take-sides-why-political-partisanship-is-morally-obligatory

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Christians who shun politics to supposedly advance the Gospel are actually allowing others to stop the Gospel.

http://townhall.com/columnists/frankturek/2012/10/23/north_korea_and_christians_in_politics/print

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The Biblical Case for Limited Government and Low Taxes

http://www.americanthinker.com/2012/09/the_biblical_case_for_limited_government_and_low_taxes.html

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What is a Christian’s Responsibility to Government?

http://www.ligonier.org/blog/christians-and-government/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

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Christians & Statism

http://www.4shared.com/mp3/8bvw7m65/Statism.html

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The Biggest Concern for the Future of the Church in America

http://www.ligonier.org/blog/statism-biggest-concern-future-church-america/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

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Christian Economics Pt. 1

http://www.4shared.com/mp3/i8554gdz/ChristianEconomics__Pt_1_.html

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Christian Economics Pt. 2

http://www.4shared.com/mp3/V5np3B4O/ChristianEconomics__Pt_2_.html

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… studies confirm that if all Christians tithed, poverty would just about end.

http://www.americanthinker.com/2012/09/the_biblical_way_to_care_for_the_poor.html

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How the Faithful Voted: 2012 Preliminary Analysis

http://www.pewforum.org/Politics-and-Elections/How-the-Faithful-Voted-2012-Preliminary-Exit-Poll-Analysis.aspx

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Five Christian Responses to the 2012 Election

http://www.reformation21.org/articles/christian-responses-to-the-2012-election.php?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

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War:

What Does [The Bible] Say About War?

http://pleaseconvinceme.com/2012/what-does-god-say-about-war/

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Was Jesus a Nonviolent Pacifist?

http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2015/03/was_jesus_a_nonviolent_pacifist.html

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Pacifism, Matthew 5 and “Turning the other cheek”

http://www.beretta-online.com/wordpress/2012/pacifism-matthew-5-and-turning-the-other-cheek/

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The oriental [i.e. middle easterner] guards with jealous care his cheek from touch or defilement, therefore a stroke on the cheek was, and is to this day, regarded as an act of extreme rudeness of behavior, a deadly affront. Our Saviour, however, teaches us in Matt. 5:39 and Luke 6:29 that even this insult is to be ignored and pardoned.

The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (Electronic Edition), Definition: Cheek.

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To smite someone on the cheek was a serious insult… Jesus’ command to turn the other cheek when struck is an important statement of how those who follow Him are to respond to insult.

Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Definition: Cheek

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[Matthew 5:39] supplies another example of the need for ascertaining the scope of a passage before attempting to explain it.  Through failure to do so many have quite missed the force of this contrast.  It has been supposed that our Lord was here enjoining a more merciful code of conduct than that which was exacted under the Mosaic economy; yet if the reader turns to ‘Deuteronomy 19:17-21’, he will find that those verses gave instruction to Israel’s ‘judges’:that they were not to be governed by sentiment, but to administer strict justice to the evildoer-  ‘eye for eye,’ etc.  But this statute, which pertains only to the magistrate enforcing judicial retribution, had been perverted by the Pharisees, giving it a general application,thereby teaching that each man was warranted in taking the law into his own hands.  Our Lord here forbade the inflicting of private revenge, and in so doing maintained the clear teaching of the Old Testament (see Exod. 23:4, 5; Lev. 19:18; Prov. 24:29; 25:21, 22, which expressly forbade the exercise of personal malice and retaliation).

–Arthur W. Pink, Interpretation of the Scriptures (Electronic Edition), Chapter 6 [excerpt]

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Jesus specifically mentions the right here, even though a blow from a right-handed person would normally fall on the left cheek.  This probably means that the blow is delivered with the back of the hand, since then it would indeed fall on the right cheek. We know for certain that such a blow was considered particularly insulting.  The injustice that is willingly accepted here is therefore not so much a matter of body injury as of shame.

— H.N. Ridderbos, Matthew: Bible Students Commentary, p. 113

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A backhanded blow to the right cheek did not imply shattered teeth…; it was an insult, the severest public affront to a person’s dignity… this was more an affront to honor, a  challenge, than a physical injury.

— Joachim Jeramias, The Parables of Jesus, p. 28.

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National Sins and National Judgments
A sermon by John Owen

https://purelypresbyterian.com/2016/08/15/national-sins/

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Christians & The Environment:

In Search of an Eco-Friendly Religion

http://www.equip.org/articles/in-search-of-an-eco-friendly-religion/

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Christians and the Environment: How Should Christians Think about the Environment?

http://www.equip.org/articles/christians-and-the-environment-how-should-christians-think-about-the-environment/

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Radical Environmentalism

http://www.equip.org/articles/radical-environmentalism/

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Avatar: A Postmodern Pagan Myth

http://www.equip.org/articles/avatar-a-postmodern-pagan-myth/

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