I wonder if this is a natural arc for most Christians, or something that is just happening to me personally: As I have gotten older, I have become less radical, and more reformist-minded.
" If you are talking about eradicating the KGB, or the KKK, or Boko Haram, sure, absolutely." I don't think it's that easy, depends on how you want to eradicate them.
1/10/2015 04:36:15 am
The Founding Fathers were not radicals, though. Their objections to violations performed by the King were based on established British law, their original 13 colonial contracts, and precedents going all the way back to the Magna Carta. This is a reason why MacArthur is wrong, by the way -- by breaking all these contracts, the Crown legally put itself into the position of "invading foreign power." (I also think MacArthur is wrong in absolutizing Romans 13, as well as hermeneutically isolating it from the complete context of Scripture 13. I believe there are exceptions that not only allow force against one's own government, but ethically require it.)
1/11/2015 06:18:31 am
I agree with you on MacArthur (it's also 2 Peter where he makes similar comments). He recently said that churches were wrong to make united statements in protest of government activity (context was a conversation on Ferguson). I think our democracy doesn't we exercise our voices, something that wasn't available under the rule of the Caesars.
1/11/2015 06:34:34 am
That other thing sounds like British Israelism. It is certainly unscriptural. The Bible describes five covenants. God created Adam in a works-covenant with Him (which is why Adam is parallel to Christ in Romans 5). That covenant ended in Eden. The Noahic covenant is with the entire human race. The Abrahamic covenant is with believing Jews (Romans 9), then God expanded it to include all believing Gentiles (Romans 11). The Mosaic covenant was with the Jews only, but ended at the cross. The New Covenant of salvation in Christ's blood fulfills all the shadows of the Mosaic covenant, and replaces Moses' covenant (Jeremiah 30-31). And that's all the covenants there are, there ain't no more.
1/28/2015 12:32:26 am
I found a debate hosted by Baylor's Research on Religion podcast between three scholars as to whether or not Christians should have taken up arms during the American Revolution. Haven't listened to it yet, but it looks promising:
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