Tuesday, October 9, 2007

The proper role of government in a Christian society

Today I read my brother Michael's Thoughts. He wrote about Faith and Politics and I enjoyed reading this so much that I wrote a comment that was probably much too long. Anyway, because I find it hard to find time to post I thought I would reuse my comment as a post here.

I have been thinking a lot lately about the role of government in education, healthcare and welfare. I do not have a solid conviction on them yet but I want to share some of my thoughts.

I have heard some discussion on the use of government to coerce people into doing good. Basically by taxing for welfare the government is using the point of a gun to make me give to the poor. Now, giving to the poor is a good thing and nearly commanded in the New Testament, but if it is coerced is it still good? If my giving is not from a heart of love then it is not a following of Gods direction but an attempt to stay out of jail.

Again on education, the government uses the point of a gun (laws with penalties) to force me to pay taxes for government schooling. My biggest issue with this is the teaching of evolution as the only origin of man. This is directly contrary to my religious and intellectual beliefs! And the atheistic assumptions behind evolution are just as religious as the 6-day creation assumptions that I believe the Bible teach.

On the other hand, there are no easy solutions to these issues. I believe that government comes in where we fail to govern ourselves. If the church were taking care of the poor and educating children the way we should government would not need to. I think we need to educate ourselves on the proper role of government in a Christian society.


Laura said...

thank you very much Billy! I was a bit hasty in my posting and afterwards I found many answers and peace. I will remember your family in my prayers. You've all been a blessing in my life. Thank you for all of the opportunities to fellowship with others and chances to be stretched! ^_^

Brandon said...

I am thinking a lot about the separation of church and state and why it exists...I am pleased with the fact that our government allows us the freedom to teach both evolution and creationism, but I am irritated when teachers are not allowed to present both options. Enough about that though, my real question is: Do we really live in a Christian society? Should our society be Christian? What would that imply to the freedom of religion?

This is Brandon Stewart, by the way, I found your blog through Nathan's, lol, sorry if this is kinda long for a first comment, just thinking, and trying to converse a bit :)

piano boy said...

you need to read the fourth verse to our national anthem

Anonymous said...

Hey Billy,

Have you read any of Rushdooney? He answers a lot of questions.

Blood Soaked Roses said...

Wrong. Evolution is widely accepted amongst the scientific community. It has much more proof than creationism, as demonstrated by things such as fossils, and carbon dating. Micro-evolution is even observed today.

Creationism, or any deity cannot be proven, or proven to not exist. Either way, we should not make assumptions on what happened. The christian god's creation story has just as much credibility as the flying spaghetti monster's, and the FSM's is much more appealing.