Church | State

Tasked with the responsibility to write about a political situation wherein the Bible/something in the Bible is quoted, I have chosen Rob Boston’s 2018 article titled, William Barr Wants To Bring ‘God’s Law’ to America.  I think the most difficult part of broaching the subject of writing a commentary on something political in nature is that I have to face my own feelings.  I hate that education walks me into the thing I feel most strongly about, forces me to be honest with myself which results in heightened anxiety, puts me in touch with my anger, and gives me the option to sit in  my own stew, or, move through it to the other side where ideas on how to address the problem are born.  Well, I guess I don’t exactly hate it. I resent that conditions exist which provoke such angst and honestly, it often causes me to feel tired.  That only means that I have not fulfilled what is mine to do, and I am led to ask more questions and seek to become more useful in my part of the world. 

Boston’s article highlights Barr’s admonition that our government be regulated by “God’s law,” that public schools morally instruct students on how to behave themselves, and that cultural decline is the result of “modern secularists.”  I read Barr’s article titled, Legal Issues In A New Political Order.  My struggle, for the purpose of this particular writing, is that when I consider all that I have learned in seminary about colonialism, racism, sexism, the kind of capitalism whose cognitive dissonance is so great it does not consider the ramifications of its influence, and a few other isms that call into mind the philosophical underpinnings of the kind of “God’s law” promoted here, I have to ask, “Whose version of ‘God’s law’ would we lean upon?”  The perceived lack of moral instructions in school are not what causes violence against other human beings.  Training in the home, social support, mental health needs being met, and a host of other necessities which promote well-being develops character and ensures survival of the most vulnerable.  Modern secularists are often more consistent in their expressions of goodness than Christians I have known.  They are not the bane of social uprightness.  Personalities, pathologies, and pride often take precedence over learned verses, entire known passages and ardently held principles. Who are we really to judge?? Good people are good people, regardless of their creed, religion, philosophy, etc.

Whatever you perceive God’s law to be, written on the heart is the start.  It cannot be legislated.  The illusion that it can be is what binds us in ways that we cannot be free to actively love one another, even through our disagreements.  This illusion keeps us obsessing about things that we cannot get past in order to see God in the other person.  It doesn’t contribute to social uplift.  It is the easy way to a rough ride so that one side can claim “rightness.”  That’s not my understanding of God’s law as I have studied it. 

Please don’t let your impassioned concerns/fears lead you where your mind AND heart can’t follow…

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