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CHRISTIAN POLITICAL THEORY

What is the role of the government? What is the relationship between church and state? Should morality be legislated? Can we wear white pants after Labor Day?

Wretched Radio | Air Date: September 12, 2022

Segment 1

How should we be behaving?

Looking back to Fourteenth Century at Emperor Constantine who made the nation Christian.

There has been a philosophy of the relationship between faith and government for a very long time.

We are beginning to grasp what a totalitarian regime would look like in America.

Abraham Kiper delivered a presentation in the late Nineteenth Century “Calvinism and Politics.”

Segment 2

The time in which we live does tend to skew much of our mindset on government.

What’s the role of government? What should we be encouraging them to do? How do you view the relationship between the church and the state?

“To the civil magistrate it is assigned, so long as we live among men to foster and maintain the Church.” Why did Calvin say such a thing?

Civil Magistrates are and remain God’s servants, whether they know it or not

Was Abraham Kiper a heretic?

If we start to separate based on Christian, political theory we are going to wind up on an island of one. God did not make us be neutral in regard to truth.

Every government is going to operate from a standard of morality, but which one is it?

Segment 3

Todd will be speaking this Saturday at Foothills Community Church, and you still have time to get tickets.

Should we legislate morality?

Let’s not divide over this.

American Reformer – “Why We Must Legislate Morality”

Why don’t we want morality legislated?

Should the government stop at the front door of our house?

Segment 4

How does this work with the three realms of authority? Does the government really stop at our front door?

We are living in an inverted reality culture.

“All people have a natural inclination to pursue virtue” -Thomas Aquinas.

How do we try to influence the government to have more Christian values?

1. Abandon neutrality.

2. No one has a right to commit wrong.

3. Avoid perfectionistic moralism.

You are going to follow someone’s morality. Who will you choose?

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