The #Bible and the #Constitution

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I love the argument that Christians have to obey the Word of God above the Constitution of the USA. Although I revere the U.S. Constitution, the Bible and The U.S. Constitution are not one and the same. However I’ve been thinking on it again and I realized that this is the same argument that ISIS makes about their Holy Book and Muslims in general use to defend Sharia Law! How then is it fair for Christians to condemn Muslims for believing that religious rules supersede the standing laws of a country? Is Christian absolutism, even prejudicial, the answer? Is “freedom from religion the answer?” Any thoughts?

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3 Replies to “The #Bible and the #Constitution”

  1. The Constitution, specifically the 1st Amendment, provides for the freedom to obey the Bible, as we interpret it. If that obedience leads me to seek government power to impose my view of Biblical obedience on someone else, I am obeying neither.

  2. One could easily end up in a logical double-bind when attempting to deal with love of God and Country. I remember a seminary professor once told me, “when studying a text that deals with God’s absolute sovereignty, teach on God’s sovereignty. When a part of the text is plainly speaking about man’s free will, teach on man’s free will”. Was Jesus a human being? Is Jesus the creator of the world and the creator of human beings?

    I’m not sure how to eliminate the tension between following the laws of God verses the laws of man, but personal experience and wisdom tells me that somehow we must do both, even when they are in apparent conflict. Otherwise, we destroy something in our effort to be absolutely faithful or loyal in either realm. Our faith may be destroyed, or the state may lose her integrity.

    I stand opposed to impurity, debauchery, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, envy, drunkenness, orgies, same-sex marriage, abortion on demand, prostitution, pornography, alcoholism, murder, adultery, greed, sex before marriage, polygamy, and many other things. The state only opposes 1 of these in the absolute: murder; and the others – it depends on which state or State you are talking about. Still with others, no state has a law to oppose such beliefs or practices. I stand opposed to them all as a Christian, yet, I am GUILTY of some of this myself and if I draw a hard line in the sand in practice, I will pragmatically crash and burn – I fail or become a hypocrite. This includes seeking absolute laws from man for the sake of my faith against the big evangelical sins – you know… same sex marriage, abortion, pre-marital sex, and a few others. Sure, I would welcome such laws, but the consequences would probably not be as wonderful as many think!

    Practically and pragmatically, the only solution is the cross of Christ, for in Christ and they supernatural and unknowable transaction, the propitiation, the atoning sacrifice – this is the only way to address if not fully reconcile all such conflict. (See Galatians 5:19-21, 1 John 2:1-2, and powerful principles taken in carful context from James 5:7-20).

    And… Islam does not have the Jesus of the cross who rose again. Thus the Islamic State is in a doubl-bind.

  3. At its core, freedom of religion is freedom of thought. Otherwise, the First Amendment doesn’t make an sense.

    Then, of course, the First Amendment is usually taught as hodgepodge rather than a logical progression from mind (religion) to mouth (speech) and on to ink and paper (press) and getting together with like-minded folks (assembly). Ignored in the typical rigamarole is that the ultimate freedom is being able to tell the government that it is wrong (redress of grievances).

    Instead, special interests tend to stake out territory on their favorite section of the First Amendment. For example, preachers love THEIR freedom of religion — while telling everyone else they’re going to hell — as publishers jealously guard their precious freedom of the press.

    As clearly revealed in Section 3 of Article VI (forbidding religious tests for public office), those Founding Fathers writing The Constitution of the United States in 1787 purposefully excluded religion from the halls of government.

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