Monday, February 27, 2012

A Scriptural Rebuttal

I read a little religious article today that was posted on Huffington Post's website.  I thought the author made some good points, but some of what he said was quite contrary to Scripture.  I wrote out a comment, but am not comfortable with having to share my Facebook profile information with the whole world, so decided against posting it there.  However, I do still want my comment "out there", because I want to show that Scripture does, in fact, contradict some of his main points, even though he won't read this.  It will probably make more sense to you if you read his article first.

Not being a Rick Santorum fan in the least, & being repulsed by his – & other politicians’ – use of his “Christianity” for political gain, I have no problem with you calling him out.  I also have to say, “Kudos!” for pointing out the Scriptures that far too many Christians turn a blind eye to in regards to caring for the poor, widow, & orphan.  But I would like to make some observations here.  First of all, God gave His commands to His people, not to all people & not to secular governments.  OT Israel was a theocracy; there is no such thing now – not even in the U.S., where far too many Americans hold themselves as “God’s chosen people” simply because they’re American.  This being so, God’s commands are to be proclaimed by the church, not by the government.  The government’s stance of forcefully “taking from those who work to give to those who will not” is legal theft, pure & simple.  This is in no way, shape, or form living out the tenets of Scripture. (Actually, it directly contradicts Scripture as seen in 2 Thess. 3:10).  Whereas, Christians who take care of widows, orphans, & those who are legitimately poor out of an overflow of the grace & mercy they have been shown in Christ, being His hands & feet to a lost & dying world – absolutely is.  Secondly, I notice that you make liberal use of the OT when referring to such benevolent actions (& well you should), but when it comes to abortion & homosexuality, suddenly you don’t.  You also posit that there aren’t even any NT Scriptures that condemn these actions.  Even though there are plenty of Scriptures therein that do – in fact – call these things abominations.  (Ex. 20:13; Matt. 5:21; Rom. 13:9; Ps. 127:3; Eze. 23:38-39; 1 Cor. 6:9-10; 1 Tim. 1:8-11; Jude 1:6-7; Rom.1:24-32; Gen. 19)  I also notice that you quote “love your neighbor as yourself” & find it rather odd that you don’t extend this same love to the unborn child.  And, finally, Christianity is not political.  Christianity is not about Republicans versus Democrats, “Conservatives” versus “Liberals”.  Christianity is not about forcing lost people to behave in moral ways.  It’s not about finding that one Scriptural barb that you can use to prove your position & “stick it to” your opponent.  Christianity is only & always about us being depraved sinners who have been mercifully saved by the atoning life, death, & resurrection of Jesus Christ, wherein we are proclaimed righteous before God.


April Hollingsworth said...

What Americans call "poor" these days is not poor at all. Not being able to afford internet, cell phone, call waiting, cigs, candy bars.... that's not poor.