Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Dr. Albert Mohler Defends Charity from Socialists

Citing reports that FEMA "plans to use taxpayer money to reimburse churches and other religious groups for aid suppied in the aftermath of hurricanes Katrina and Rita,' Dr. Mohler provides this warning:
This is a horrible precedent that distorts Christian charity and wrongfully entangles churches and the government. With the tax-funded reimbursement will inevitably come government intrusion and all the rest. Christians should give the aid out of love and concern, without expectation of reimbursement.
A taxpayer-funded reimbursement has no constitutional authority, violating the First and the Tenth amendments of the Supreme Law of the Land. At this point, further federal redistribution also violates the pocketbooks of present and future Americans in terms of gross deficit spending.
Churches should steer clear of becoming complicit in federal abuses such as these which are essential attacks on religious freedom and the reserved powers of the states and the people. We need to continue to encourage charitable giving to help those in need and prevent government abuses in the process.

I am giving to hurricane relief through my local church and its mission network, and I encourage others to do the same for the glory of God.

Friday, September 16, 2005

The Bible on Government

This article was originally published in January of 2000. I am reposting it here to keep it online on an active server.

The Bible On Government

Political Commentary by Adam Valle

According to Edmund Burke, "The only way for evil triumph is for good men to do nothing."

I was just reading Proverbs 14:19, "The evil bow before the good, and the wicked at the gates of the righteous."

This verse seems indicate the positive side to Edmund Burke's famous quotation.

When the good are involved in governing, the wicked will cooperate (whether by force or by reason, they will cooperate with the rule of righteous law). When good men fail to govern morally, evil will rule.

I'm convinced that the reason hedonists have such a strong influence upon Congress and other branches of government on all levels is because believers have left a political void for the wicked to fill. This theory, as put forth by Burke, appears to be rooted in Proverbs 14:19.

Verses 22, 23, and 34 also attest to the positive effects of God's people being involved in government. Though these truths certainly apply to other spheres of life, there is enough context in the chapter to indicate that they most certainly can be applied to the political realm.

"Do they not err that devise evil? but mercy and truth shall be to them
that devise good.

"In all labour there is profit: but the talk of lips tendeth only to

"Righteousness exalteth a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people."

My conclusion from this is that Solomon is teaching that God's people need to be pro-actively involved in government in order to keep evil in subjection. To do any less is to allow the wicked to have unfettered control of society. For Christians, who are aware of how Biblical morality needs to be applied in government, to avoid getting involved would be sin according to James 4:17.

Friday, September 09, 2005

A Question of Justice

Blakes7, a participant in the chat room #conservative on the EFnet IRC network, asked me to post his point on my blog, so here it goes:

If native Americans can vote in our elections, shouldn't they abide by our laws?

Here is the deal. Because of my physical handicap, they are taking my job away. Since they are a sovereign nation, the Americans with Disabilities Act doesn't apply on the reservation.