September 21, 2014

David Roemer: Christianity and Politics

David Roemer, an email acquaintance and contributing writer on OrthodoxyToday.org, was recently interviewed on a Christian radio station with a gracious host who was unaware how Christian thought can engage the broader culture. Roemer was just as gracious in return. The result is a delightful primer on important and necessary things. (30 second ad precedes audio.)

Source: Blog Talk Radio

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    alexis says:

    Mr. Roemer’s continual reference to the Koran was troubling, considering the history of islam and mohammed and what this “religion of peace” has been waging and wreaking in this world. I would refer Mr. Roemer to the book by Olasky and Schmidt called “The Great Divide.” Next, in discussing euthanasia, abortion, and homosexuality, he neglected to mention a very crucial and damaging force which played a big role in all three – the feminsm movement – waging war and wreaking havoc since 1966 and continues. Another book Mr. Roemer might want to read is “More Spirited Than Lions” by Sarah Elisabeth Cowie and “Missing In Action” by Weldon Hardenbrook.

    What is puzzling and amazing to me is how Christians treat Politics and Christianity as two separate entities, as if one has nothing to do with the other. In the book, “Mind Siege,” by Tim Lahaye, there is a declaration that states “politics is nothing more than private views held in the public domain.” What we believe in private is influenced greatly by religion, be it Judaism, Christianity or other. The foundation of this once great country is based on Judeo-Christian principles; however, our politicians have willfully forgotten this in order to be popular. And we know that we as humans cannot “serve two masters.” I would encourage our morally bereft and spineless “public servants,” as well as all of our citizens and clergy to read “The 5,000 Year Leap.”

    Finally, there seems to be confusion with the word, “Christian.” There needs to be a clear-cut definition of the word, which entails many things. How can a Christian reconcile his or herself with sanctioning the murdering of a child in the womb? How can a Christian reconcile his or herself with okaying the homosexual agenda? How can a Christian reconcile his or herself with voting for representatives that stand for practices that God Himself strictly prohibits? And how can so many “Christian” pulpits on Segregated Sunday, inhabited by spineless clergy, be so utterly silent?

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    Fr. Johannes Jacobse says:

    You guys make me think I didn’t listen to it closely enough. I’ll listen again as soon as I have time.

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    Rob says:

    Alexis asks: “How can a Christian reconcile his or herself with voting for representatives that stand for practices that God Himself strictly prohibits?”

    Perhaps it’s because our nation’s founding fathers didn’t believe that the purpose of government was to enforce a particular brand of Christian virtue. Our documents refer to the government as having to “represent” the people and upholding their liberties. Are the rights of freedom of speech and worship sentiments found in Scripture? Quite the contrary. Worshipping “false gods” in the Old Testament required that God’s armies slaughter every man, woman and child (and sometimes even their cattle).

    Catholic believers feel strongly about contraception (even within marriage) being a moral evil. Is Rick Santorum thus obligated to push for the criminalization of the sale of contraceptives to Catholics and non-Catholics alike?

    As an actual conservative on many issues, I believe the less government involvement, the better. I’m not suggesting anarchy: restrictions must come when behavior starts to impose measurable harm on individuals or society as a whole.

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    Fr. Johannes Jacobse says:

    Rob, that’s true about virtue but only to a point. The other side is that the Founders understood that without virtue, liberty is lost. Virtue, in other words, is the bedrock of liberty. The Founders just wanted to keep the government from controlling that arena of human affairs. Of course, when people give up practicing virtue (our age unfortunately) liberty is lost anyway, and the resulting anarchy will cause a cry for the strong man by whom the experiment in liberty will end.

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