- A few people will see the scripture quotation and agree.
- Some Christians will discount the quotation and refuse to argue on that basis, insisting upon keep the discussion secular, whatever that means.
- Some non-Christians so discount scripture they will refuse to take scriptural quotations seriously
- Others, both Christians and non-Christians, will either cite alternative passages or offer different interpretations.
This post is about that last option, a puzzling example of that last option. It is about a series of comments Lander7 made on the following post, IN THE LAND OF THOSE WHO STAND FOR NOTHING, HOW DO WE DEFINE RELIGION?.
How did the confusion begin? With this comment.
quoted me from a comment I had made here. At first I supposed it rankled that I had express such a low opinion of Liberal Democrat ideology. Since most Liberal Democrats don’t even think they have an ideology — they are just right — many don’t take disagreement well. However, ‘s approach to this topic soon left me scratching my poor noggin. Instead of serving the usual heapings of verbal abuse, he starting quoting scripture with enough familiarity to indicate he was at least somewhat familiar with the Bible.
Eventually, when said this, I began to realize I began to realize and I were debating very different interpretations of scripture. Then the actual debate began.
What is the answer? How should I reply to ? Should I even bother?
Does God appoint our leaders like He obviously did King Saul and King David or do we have a role in choosing them? What is the extent of our responsibility? What answers does the Bible provide?
These are not trivial questions. In fact, they should make us quite uncomfortable for today we are tearing our country apart in ways that rival and perhaps surpass the period that preceded the American Civil War. As Christians, we must each consider what our Lord wants us to about the way our nation’s government works.
- What is the role of a Christian in a constitutional republic?
- How high a priority should a Christian give his role as a citizen of a constitutional republic?
- What has our Lord called each of us to do? If a man or a woman says God has called them to serve as a politician, is it even possible for them to be telling the truth?
- How do we know when those who claim authority over us as our governmental leaders have been appointed by God?
- What is the difference between the obedience we owe to the governing authorities and the obedience we owe to God?