Monthly Archives: October 2012

Biblical Principles in Regard to California Ballot Propositions

“Thou shalt not steal” Exodus 20:15
Stealing could be defined as taking money or possessions from another person for my benefit or the benefit of family, friend or close associate. Theft can be accomplished just as effectively with a ballot as it can with a gun.
A question to ask, “Is this proposition designed to take from one group to benefit another?” This differs from taxes which should be to bring together the public’s money for the common good.

“Thou shalt not covet” Exodus 20:17
Is this proposition the result of covetousness, the desire to have something that rightly belongs to someone else?

Do not accept bribes to pervert justice
Deuteronomy 16:19
You shall not pervert justice; you shall not show partiality, nor take a bribe, for a bribe blinds the eyes of the wise and twists the words of the righteous.
Micah 7:3
That they may successfully do evil with both hands— The prince asks for gifts, The judge seeks a bribe, And the great man utters his evil desire; So they scheme together.
Does this proposition create, or maintain a situation where a person or group exerted inappropriate influence on government to distort laws in a way that benefits them?

According to scripture the primary purpose of government is to promote justice; that is to reward good and punish evil
1 Peter 2:13-14
13 Therefore submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake, whether to the king as supreme, 14 or to governors, as to those who are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and for the praise of those who do good.
Does this proposition promote justice? Does it encourage good and discourage evil?

According to scripture there are various authorities, each with their own areas of responsibilities: the Government, the Church, Business, Family and Individual.
Romans 13:1-7, Colossians 3:18-25, 1 Peter 2:13-14
The Government breaks down into many levels: Federal, State, County, and City. There are also various branches of Government: Legislative, Executive, and Judicial. Under these we have various governing boards, agencies and bureaucracies.

Often we make the mistake dealing with an issue through the wrong authority. Ask the question, “Does this proposition use the right authority to handle this issue? Is this the proper role of government, or should this issue be dealt with through Churches, Businesses or the Home? Is this the proper branch of government or agency to be handling this issue?

According to scripture there are proper and improper methods for doing everything
An example of this would be that there are specific methods to worship God and to use other methods is unacceptable.

  • Does this proposition use the proper method for dealing with this issue? For example should this be handled through a proposition or through a vote in the State Legislature?
  • Are we creating a permanent solution to a temporary problem?
  • Does the proposition call for a Constitutional Amendment when it should use a simple law?

Capital punishment is a scriptural principle
Genesis 9:6
“Whoever sheds man’s blood, By man his blood shall be shed; For in the image of God He made man.
Does this proposition follow a Biblical approach to crime and punishment or does it use some other method?

Scripture always views debt as negative. Debt is viewed as a form of bondage.
Does this proposition increase debt or create bondage?

Abortion Laws in America

The big news item today was about a pro-life Republican politician that was asked about abortion in the case of rape. The pro-abortion advocates love this question. They love to take the most extreme cases of rape, incest and the life of the mother as justification for legalized abortion. Unfortunately many Americans are under the impression that abortions are somehow limited to these types of extraordinary cases.

Let’s set the record straight. In most states there are no limits on abortion of any kind. This means that any woman, of any age, can walk into an abortion clinic and get an abortion for any reason at any stage of her pregnancy. There are no waiting periods, no required counseling, no informing of parents, no mandatory explanations of the details of the abortion process or the development of the baby, no required follow-up visits and very limited if any reporting. In the interest of protecting the woman’s “right” to privacy there are basically no questions asked. It is a “don’t ask don’t tell” situation.

So let’s give some examples of how this might look in some extreme situations.
A woman that is married with two kids and seven months pregnant with her third; her hormones are in flux and she is an emotional basket case. She has a series of run-ins with her kids along with a series of arguments with her husband. She decides life is just not going right and this baby will make things even more difficult. So abortion is the answer. It will simplify her life, it will remove a lot of stress and it will put her husband in his place. He was the one that wanted another child not her. Under current California law she can make a spur-of-the-moment decision; walk into a Planned Parenthood clinic and kill her husband’s child and no one can stop her.

Let’s try another scenario. A couple has decided that the perfect family consists of one girl and one boy. They already have a girl and they are trying for a boy. The results of the amniocentesis are in. It’s another girl so they schedule another abortion. This will be the third time they had to abort because the baby was a girl.

Scenario number three. The fourteen year old girl is going in for her first abortion. Her eighteen year old boyfriend has agreed to pay for it. The girl gets the abortion no-questions-asked and the statutory rape continues.

Scenario number four. The girl’s step-father takes his thirteen-year-old step-daughter to the Planned Parenthood clinic. She is absolutely terrified, but she is even more terrified of what her mother would do if she found out that her step-father got her pregnant. So she goes forward with the abortion, hiding the pain and the shame, and the incest continues.

More than 4,000,000 Americans have been killed by abortion so far. Every day the numbers continue to rise. That is more than all Americans killed in all of our wars combined. I think it is time for the pro-abortion people to answer some of the hard questions.

What about the husband and father’s rights? What about abortion as an act of revenge?

What about abortion as a method of sex selection?

What about abortion as a cover-up for statutory rape?

What about abortion that covers up incest?

Abuses happen every day because we refuse to regulate abortion. Children are killed, lives and relationships are damaged, crimes are covered up and young women are victimized, all in the name of reproductive rights. Let’s ask the questions and demand some answers.

The Purpose of Government

The Purpose of Government
1 Peter 2    New International Version (NIV)
13 Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human authority: whether to the emperor, as the supreme authority, 14 or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right. 15 For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish people. 16 Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as God’s slaves. 17 Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers, fear God, honor the emperor.

The Reason for Government
The key reason for the existence of Government is to reward those who do good and to punish those who do evil. Basically governments exist for the purpose of bringing justice. It is easy to think of governments that did not do this. It is even easy to think of governments today that don’t do this. There are even times when our government doesn’t do this.
When a government fails in their role of rewarding good and punishing evil they have failed in their mandate from God. They will answer to God for that failure. In America the government exists by the consent of the governed. We choose our rulers. It is our responsibility before God to select leaders who will reward those who do good and to punish those who do evil. If we fail to elect leaders who understand and fulfill their role before God, then we will answer to God for our failure. We also run the risk of God’s judgment upon our nation, removing it from a position of prominence or worse.
The Bible is clear what is good and what is evil but there are those in our government that confuse what is good and what is evil. They call good evil and evil good.

Isaiah 5:20 (NKJV)
Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

In America we place a premium on freedom, but God has never given us the freedom to do that which is evil. Tragically we now have persons in positions of power that believe it is their responsibility to defend a woman’s “right” to abort her child. Or to assert the “right” of same sex marriage.

Christians must stand up and speak out against this evil. We must work to install a government which understands the difference between good and evil and commend the good and condemn the evil. We need just laws, just enforcement, just courts and men and women that will stand up for what is right and stand against evil.