Monday, January 27, 2014

Two Simple Questions for Evaluating Any Law

After one understands the two purposes of government, one then has a basis for evaluating how well human government is submitted to those purposes.

To review, the two purposes of government are to (a) punish those who do evil, and (b) praise those who do good.

There are two parts to look at in every law: the action of those governed, and the governments reaction to it.

The first question: Is the action of those governed good or evil?

The second question: Is the reaction of the government to praise or to punish?

Fundamentally, it's really that simple. Some examples:

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

The Increase of His Government

To us a Child is born, to us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder.

And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end, upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, to order it and establish it with judgment and justice from that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.
Isaiah 9:6-7

How good is this news, that government increases forever?

Monday, February 11, 2013

The Values of Alexander Hamilton

During his (New York) Assembly tenure that (1787) spring, Hamilton voted on two measures that suggested ambivalent feelings about his childhood.

Oddly enough, he supported a bill making it impossible for people divorced due to adultery to remarry. Such a draconian statute in the Danish West Indies had prevented Hamilton's parents from legitimizing his birth. If this vote suggests some latest hostility toward his mother, another vote betokens tenderness for her.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Remembering Michael Schwartz

Michael Schwartz passed away yesterday.  At the end of November, Senator Coburn honored Michael on the Senate floor.

   Mr. COBURN. Mr. President, I wish to take a moment to honor a member of my staff who is not retiring but as a result of his ailment can no longer come to work on the Hill. This gentleman's name is Michael Schwartz. He has been my chief of staff for almost 15 years, beginning while I was in the House and here in the Senate as well.
   A lot of people on the Hill know Michael. What they know is that he is one of the kindest, gentlest people anyone has ever met. He has been a light focused on how we do things to honor other people.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Marriage Policy Preservation

This is a specific look at the Scriptures that speak to marriage, especially as would be relevant to a discussion of public policy.

From Genesis to Revelation, marriage is a picture of our relationship with God.

Genesis 2
[18] And the LORD God said, “It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him.”

Thursday, January 3, 2013

For Evangelicals Defending Freedom

Daniel Darling is my friend and pastor for a family member in the Chicago area, and he has called on evangelicals to speak up about guns. He and I have engaged on this issue before. He publicly raises some good points and other points worth a response, so I thought I would answer his call here.

"The Bible doesn’t clearly express an opinion on the possession of guns, but many evangelicals defend the unlimited distribution of firearms with the same fervor that they defend biblical orthodoxy."

Somewhat to my surprise, an opportunity to "defend biblical orthodoxy" came along sooner than expected, even since I read his recent year-ending post.

The Two Biblical Purposes of Government

There are two sections of the New Testament that both speak clearly and directly to the two purposes of government, and both can also easily be misused.

This post is an attempt to give clarity to these passages, the purposes of government, and how Christians should respond to governments that do and do not stay within these purposes.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Church Doctrinal Statement Change Proposed

I am a member of Cherrydale Baptist Church in Arlington, Virginia. The church has a Constitution and a Doctrinal Statement.

The church is led by pastors and deacons. These men have proposed changes to both core documents that go before the church February 10, 2013.