In this non-SBC article, which explains why John MacArthur and Grace Community Church are suing the state of California, Charles LiMandri states, “The hospitals are not overwhelmed and the percentage death rate from COVID-19 is now extremely small. It is time for Governor Newsom and Mayor Garcetti to recognize what President Trump has already proclaimed: Churches are providing an ‘essential’ service to the people. Therefore, they must be allowed to serve the people in the manner in which God has called them.”
God is using current events in the United States of America to reveal and topple our idols. Some believe political ‘power’ and ‘control,’ supposedly summarized in the constitutional rights we enjoy as United States citizens, are such idols. But this take is extremely shortsighted.
For one thing, under the US Constitution, freedom of religion isn’t just for Christians, it’s for everybody. So it’s a strange argument that equates the loss of religious freedom with the loss of Christian power or control in particular. But let’s set aside this observation for a moment, and consider a handful of other non-starters in this discussion before we return to it.
Andrew T. Walker joins us for a conversation about our current societal moment and the social order.
– How should Christians understand the public square?
– What can believers expect from our public institutions?
– How can Christians best bring healthy change to the societal arena?
In this article, non-SBC author Rod Dreher explains, “The Law Of Merited Impossibility is an epistemological construct governing the paradoxical way overclass opinion makers frame the discourse about the clash between religious liberty and gay civil rights. It is best summed up by the phrase, ‘It’s a complete absurdity to believe that Christians will suffer a single thing from the expansion of gay rights, and boy, do they deserve what they’re going to get.'”
In this article, Mark Coppenger mentions, “the school of Thumper, who was pressed to recall his father’s instructions in Bambi, ‘If you can’t say somethin’ nice, don’t say nothin’ at all.’ I fear that many of us have studied too long there.”
In this article, non-SBC author Rod Dreher discusses concerns with some of the views of “ordained Southern Baptist pastor” and former President of The King’s College in New York City, Gregory Thornbury, who recently said in Rolling Stone, “In Trump’s America, ‘religious liberty’ is code for protection of white, Western cultural heritage.”