Thinking Christianly (February 14, 2019)

“Egypt will become a waste, and Edom will become a desolate wilderness, because of the violence done to the sons of Judah, in whose land they have shed innocent blood,” (Joel 3:19; NASB).

On January 22, 2019, New York state legislators passed and the governor signed a bill into law allowing for the murder of the unborn for any reason or no reason up to the point of birth. Other states, such as Rhode Island, Virginia, and Illinois, have since entered the fray with their own bills pushing for even further deregulation.

For many American Christians, this new wave of legislation and attempted legislation has served to be a wake up call on the issue of murder in the womb. Christians have been storming their city council meetings to demand that their cities be made “sanctuary cities” for the unborn. Laws have been proposed in states such as Idaho and Oklahoma calling for total consistency on the criminality of murder, including murder in the womb.

Finally, there seems to be some consistency on both sides of this very important debate. The culture of death is demonstrating their total devotion to the right to murder the most helpless among us, even to the point of pulling a full-term baby partially out into the air and then stabbing it in the head before it can take its first breath. Those who recognize that these paid assassinations in the womb are just that have finally begun to author bills that would outlaw all abortions at any stage of the life of the young baby.

Yet, there are still some Christians who sit idly by and decide not to engage the discussion in the public square. The argument is made by all too many that we are not a Christian nation and should not be seeking to legislate morality. I recall having a discussion with a young libertarian friend of mine in College in which he argued that America just needed to get our fiscal house in order, and then we could address these social issues. I asked him, “If we are under the judgment of God, what economic system is capable of staying His hand of judgment?”

I agree that America is not—and never was—a Christian nation. We do not, as some talk radio hosts have suggested, have a special covenant with God. Our constitution should not be seen as in any way being on par with Holy Scripture. Our founding documents are not inspired of God, and it is blasphemous to suggest so.

The problem with the assertion that we are not a Christian nation, and the injection of this point into such discussions, is it assumes that God only judges nations with whom He has a special covenant. To the contrary, Scripture is clear that God does not only judge nations with whom He has a special covenant for their evil and idolatry. He judges Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, Edom, etc. No nation is immune to the judgment of God for their mass immorality and violence merely because they are not His covenant people.

Furthermore, something must be said about the ridiculous notion that we should not seek to legislate morality. What is morality? Morality, bare minimum, is the willingness to use terms in social discourse such as “right,” “wrong,” “ought,” “should,” “good,” and “evil.” With this understanding firmly in place, the question must be asked, ‘Is there any law, even down to the most petty of parking tickets, that does not assume a common morality?’ The assumption behind all legislation is that men and women universally know the truth, though they may attempt to suppress it in their unrighteousness.

There are a wealth of political theories and philosophies in our world that will seek to pull us in one direction or another in regard to national, state, and local politics. Some of these are truly better than others. In the end, when you have left this world to your children and grandchildren, and when you stand before God to give an account for your life, political philosophies will seem of such little significance. The question that should concern American voters today is how we, as the ruling class (the civil magistrate) in our nation, did our part to wield the sword of justice in the voting booth and in public discourse to promote good and punish evil.