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GOVT 200For this assignment, you will choose 1 group, organization, etc. that is actively involved in engaging the culture. Possible groups include (but are not limited to):Heritage FoundationPatriot AcademyLeadership InstituteLiberty CounselLive ActionState specific organization such as the Texas Public Policy FoundationThe goal is to explain and analyze what the organization is doing to impact the culture. You can focus on the strengths and accomplishments of the group, or you could focus on its weaknesses and suggest ways the group could be more effective. Cite your information where necessary. Read: McClellan: Part 5 — Section C https://oll.libertyfund.org/title/mcclellan-liberty-order-and-justice#lf0088_label_139Read: The Postmodern Challenge https://www.equip.org/articles/the-postmodern-challenge/Read: Confounding the Postmodern Mind https://www.ligonier.org/learn/articles/confounding-postmodern-mindRead: The Changing Face of Christian Politics https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2014/02/the-changing-face-of-christian-politics/283859/Read: Let Christians Vote as Though They Were Not Voting https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/let-christians-vote-as-though-they-were-not-votingRead: An Eclectic Inheritance: Kuyper’s Politics Today https://comment.org/an-eclectic-inheritance-kuypers-politics-today/Read: Government and God’s People — An Interview with Wayne Grudem https://www.acton.org/pub/religion-liberty/volume-21-number-2/government-gods-people

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Challenges for the Church in a Postmodern Society
In previous presentations, we learn that the moral law introduced and affirmed throughout the Old and
New Testament is still relevant in Napa, multi-day, God’s character never changes. After all. We also
learned that the ultimate and proper use of physical forces for the protection of inalienable rights. Nor
does the Bible mandate that civil government use physical force, of course, obedience to Christ, but it
does mandated punish wrongdoing. With this approach, we are reminded of the sin crime distinction.
All crimes are sins, but not every sin is a crime. Crimes are only those sensory violations of rights. This
minimalistic approach ensures maximum freedom for a society in which different people believe
different things. Further helps us to understand the importance as Christians have been solved light of
being the church that God has called us to be. We see that there are different roles for church and state.
The state has the role punishing crime and the church of the rule being the agents of reformation
through the power of Christ. So that God’s law will be written on every person’s heart in society. This
type of reformation can only occur voluntarily and through the power of the Holy Spirit. While we hope
that many of you will indeed go into politics and CTP change agents within government. All of us,
regardless of our career, are called to be the Salton, like as Christians, we’re called to be active
participants of our churches in our communities, to be good neighbors who care about others and little
radically with our prosperity and our resources. We were also called to take a stand against the lies that
are currently at work in our nation. We’re experiencing a battle of ideas for political ideologies like
multiculturalism, queer theory, Marxism and progressivism. Enrolled use like modernism and
postmodernism provide competing narratives to the truth of the gospel and respond to these
challenges. We walk a fine line and avoiding two extremes. The first extreme to avoid is taking a stand
for truth but not doing so in love. This approach to turn us into self-righteous Pharisees. And if we
become this way, we will have lost the right to speak to a lost and dying world. The other extreme is just
as dangerous. Being loving at the expense of speaking the truth. This approach would put us in the
category of the salt looseness saver, being culturally relative, well-being, spiritual dad, and being
compliant with the evil being perpetuated in society. The real goal is to be spiritually alive and passion
for the truth while still being culturally relevant. Step 1 in achieving this fine balance is remembering
that as Christians, we’re called to the ministry of reconciliation. As second Corinthians 5 tells us that pass
it relates back to Christ admonition to be as innocent as does. But why is the serpent’s? This allows us to
be loving what the same time aware that some people are not truly concerned about liberty or justice.
We can love them and appeal to them while at the same time fighting against tyranny and injustice. We
are called to be ambassadors for Christ to appeal to the better nature of those who might disagree. And
to remember that the real enemy is not a political party agree, but rather spiritual forces of darkness. In
his fights it and the slave trade and Great Britain, William Wilberforce excelled in this ministry of
reconciliation. Well, at the same time engaged in the political process. Wilberforce took up the cause of
abolition after being transformed through relationship with Christ. And he has a famous quote that
encapsulate that very message of being in the salt and light. When he wrote in his journal, God Almighty
has placed before me too great objects. The suppression of the slave trade and the Reformation of
Manners. Reformation and managed for Wilberforce meant reformation morals. He saw the link
between salt mine, which is why the only book ever published was on theology as an admonition for
people to have a genuine relationship with Christ. But just as important, if not more, was that he was
passionate about ending slavery and never gave up despite years of legal and political setbacks. And he
engaged in a strategic approach, he realized he couldn’t achieve change overnight. So we look for small
steps in the right direction. But he was also very gracious and friendly even to political opponents who
lied about him and called them names. So he truly an operated in the ministry of reconciliation, being a
passionate and vocal activist against slavery. Same time, mastering the difficult task of speaking the
truth a month. We would do well to remember his lesson when fighting against the tragedy of abortion
and other causes, changes is not happen overnight or one election. Another challenge Christians face is
not just saying no to destructive ideas, but also explain what we as a society should be saying yes to. For
instance, we would agree that a family system in which the husband rules over the wife and children
would be destructive and not in keeping with scripture. That can be, on the other hand, articulate and
model what it means to have spouses committed to serving one another in Christ, particularly as
husbands model true servant leadership as Christ did, both to their wives and their children. Another
example, the Bible is clear that homosexuality is wrong. But can we, as the church explain the beauty of
gender distinctions? Distinctions which do not put the male or female, reduce a particular person to a
shallow and harmful stereotype enroll, but rather point to how each gender uniquely portrays God’s
glory. Another challenge Christians faces in the political arena is understand the importance of strategy.
Will the force was already mentioned, is someone who understood strategy, are realizing that the fight
against tyranny and injustices along engaged and usually a worrying battle. Will of course was wise and
knowing how to achieve incremental victories, such as slave trade before actually pushing and slavery
altogether. The workforce also understood the importance of not fighting alone. He had a close-knit
group of friends who are also passionate about the fight. And moreover, who were passionate about
Christ. Known as the saints. This group would meet frequently to pray, discuss strategy, and to care for
and encourage one another. This is a good reminder for us as Christians. After all, we are called to be in
covenant with one another and to portray the glory of God that is found when people learn to love one
another and care for one another. This is a key emphasis of what it means to be in the church that is the
body of Christ after all. But there’s another application as well. If we’re really going to be the body of
Christ in society, a living organism sustained by the power of Christ, then we have to act like it. That
means that our involvement in politics goes beyond just saying what governments shouldn’t be doing.
Rather, we need to also busy ourselves with caring for the poor and exploited in society in ways in which
only the church and not government can. For instance, we believe that abortion is wrong and that
government should neither condone or fund abortion. Therefore, for Christians, abortion is a significant
political issue to call Bonhoeffer. Destruction of the embryo and the mother’s womb is a violation of the
right to live, which God has bestowed upon this nascent life. To raise the question whether we are here
concerned already with a human being or not is really to confuse the issue. The simple fact is that god’s
certainly intense. You create a human being and that this nascent human being, it has been deliberately
deprived of his life. And that is nothing but murder. But this is not just a political issue for us. We also
have to focus on supporting women who choose to keep their unborn child through pregnancy and care
for the children of unwanted pregnancies. Would also argue that welfare policies often amounts of
forced redistribution. Though March was good intentions. Forced redistribution policies tend towards
tyranny. But in turn, that means that the church must be busy with the active, truly caring for the poor.
This requires not just goodwill and passion, but also organization coordination and insignificant
allocation of resources. It also requires linking arms with other reactors at the community level,
businesses, non-profits, and others to present a united front and caring for the poor. This type of
cooperation is related to the biblical notion of sphere sovereignty. From a biblical perspective, there’s
more than just the individual and the state. Other groups who forces in society have a role to play in
serving God’s kingdom, in bringing glory to him. The family, businesses, non-profits, the arts, all of these
groups are called the glorify and serve God in their own unique way. Abraham type, we use this notion
to articulate what he called Syria’s sovereignty. Meaning that in each of their respective spheres, these
groups should be viewed as sovereign. That in turn means that the other spheres in society, such as
government, should not infringe on their God-given authority. The result of this approach is to diffuse
power throughout society and to achieve a good balance. On the one hand, this approach rejects it
totalitarian nanny state with the government controls everything. On the other hand, we also reject
rampant individualism where people stay disengaged and uninterested in their community and serving
and being connected with other neighbors. Related to this as a rejection of any secular sacred approach,
which says that Christians should stay out of politics because it is dirty or evil. Since government has
mandated by God and performs a ministry, it should not be viewed as inherently evil. It only becomes
even when Christians advocate and withdraw from the political realm. Yes, it is true that guy did not
mandate that governments save society. Only Christ can do that. But according to Scripture, it’s still
clearly has a function. And we should therefore be involved in the realm of government, just as we’re to
be involved in other realms are spheres of society. Thus, we see that this approach is covenantal in
nature. We’re all linked to one another. This obviously requires the practice of self-government rather
than SAP application and liberty rather than unlimited self-absorbed freedom. And as mentioned above,
it also requires a willingness to work with these other spheres to truly care for our communities. If we
use the church understands biblical approach, hopefully we will do a better job with engage in society
and showing the relevance of the gospel to every challenge and problem in society. It should also be
added, but this is different from the progressive approach, which affirms Christ’s message to care for the
poor, but stripped him of his role as Lord and Savior. On the contrary, the church should be engaged in
the real-world problems in society. And while doing so, should rely upon the risen Christ to truly serve
and care for others. And of course, we would be remiss and our duties to that end. If we ever failed and
proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ, we can truly care for the poor. For instance, if we’re not making
clear that the ultimate source of poverty is that which comes from being separated from God do to sin.
Everyone is therefore in a true state of poverty until they know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. On this
note, we would do well to remember some thoughts from Bonhoeffer. Let the Christians remain the
world, not because of the good gifts of creation. Know it because of his responsibility for the course of
the world. But for the sake of the church, let him remain in the world to engage in frontal assault on it.
And let him live the life of the secular calling in order to show himself as a stranger in the world, all the
more. But that is only possible if we are visible members of the church. The antithesis between the
world and the church must be borne out in the world. That was the purpose of the incarnation. That is
why Christ died among his enemies. That is the reason and the only reason why the slave must remain a
slave in the crystal remains subject to the powers that be, how will we respond to Bonhoeffer is charge.
It’s Time to be a Leader
Hello class. Welcome to this week’s discussion. This week we’ll be talking about how to engage a
postmodern society. Should we do it? How do we do it? And do we have to do it? Well, I would say yes,
we definitely should do it. At the end of this week. Hopefully you’ll know how to do it. And at the end, I
think as Christians, we are commanded to do it. And so engaging a postmodern society, I could think of
no better background or backdrop than a local courthouse. Right there behind me you have in the
embodiment of the entire structure of government at the local level, you have the legislative process,
the executive functions, and the judicial branch all wrapped up into one just right there. I know you’ve
been learning about that and I know you already know about those. But what is our role as Christians
and engaging that society and engaging that courthouse was providence would have it today. We’re
standing outside the courthouse on election day. This is a primary election day. You’re in the great state
of Texas. And so what we wanted to say is, this is a great way to get involved. Just voting, showing up,
voting for candidates, learning about candidates is a great way to get involved. Now some people would
say Christians should not be involved in it. It’s soils you at tarnishes you, but you know what Scripture
says where to be in the world, but not of it. That is true. That means we’re not supposed to live like the
world. What we’re supposed to be active participants in the world. And if you’ll remember, Jesus called
us to be light. That means we’re supposed to evangelize, You’re supposed to give the gospel, supposed
to tell people about the saving grace, a knowledge of Jesus Christ. But we’re also called the b, the salt.
And what is salt? Salt flavors and salt preserves. Therefore, we as Christians are not engaged in society.
If we as Christians are not engaged and what is going on in the public square, how can we flavor it? How
can we preserve it? So I would wholeheartedly recommend that you get involved in that society, that
you take the steps necessary to be a participant in the public square, definitely need to vote as these
men and women are doing here today. Behind me, you need to be involved in the legislative process. Go
down to City Hall meetings, go and attend the functions of your city, go to your state house, your state
capital, and get involved. You can testifies it as quote unquote, an ordinary citizen at your state
legislature on any topic that interests you. And then I would encourage you to go to Washington DC.
There’s nothing more invigorating your breathtaking then going and see the capital for the first time.
We’re walking by 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and seeing where our presidents have lived for so many
years, it’s just an incredible atmosphere to be and knowing that ordinary men and women throughout
the course of our nation’s history have made these things happen. And you can be a part of that and you
have to be a part of that. So again, I would encourage you, you have to engage in the postmodern
society. This week you’re going to learn more about the postmodern thought. You’re going to learn
about process philosophy. You’re going to understand how some of the philosophies that have taken
root in our country’s history today were formed over decades and decades. If you don’t know these
things, you cannot properly engage them on the battlefield of ideas. So you have to learn them and you
have to know, but it’s not just enough to know and then you have to apply them. I’m blessed to be a
state representative in the state legislature. I feel like that is God’s calling for me to be involved in that
area, to be a steward of the resources God has given not only myself and my family, but my state and
my country. So I cannot imagine what our world would look like and what our state would look like, and
what our city halls would look like. If Christians abandoned the public square altogether, it would be
chaos, it would be ruin, and we would not have that flavor. We would not have that preservative, that
salt to keep this society as it should be. If you’ll remember, George Washington said in his farewell
address, he said religion and morality are the indispensable supports of our government. And anyone
who sought to take those things away or not fit to be called the Patriot. And if you remember, John
Adams said, our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. Now that’s not saying that
you have to be one religion or another to be involved in square. But what it understands is government
will set it as a limited government role. You have to be able to govern yourself if you want to be able to
have a society that has a limited government framework. And so again, throughout this week we will see
why we should be involved and engaged with the postmodern society, how we’re going to do that? And
finally, yes, as Christians, we must do that. It’s vital that it’s imperative not only for you, not only for your
family and not only for the state of things is they presently are, but for all posterity and for future
generations to come, I’m looking forward to having this week with yeah, hope you’re looking forward to
it as well. We’ll see you on the other side of the week. God bless you.
The Role of Biblical Law Today
In previous presentations, we discussed the importance of the biblical idea of covenant as a basis for
society. Embracing that truth, however, begs an important question. What biblical commands are
relevant for today? After all, there are some pretty obscure commands in the Old Testament that do not
seem relevant at all today, we’re seeing very harsh and reasonable. In a moment, we will discuss general
guidelines for the rule of law and society. But for now, let’s specifically address the unique nature of
biblical law. In a moment, we’ll discuss general guidelines for the rule of law and society. But for now
let’s specifically address the unique nature of biblical law. First, let’s remember that God speaks to
people in establishes commitments and therefore lost through covenants. In other words, there’s never
a law without their first bean relationship. Most covenants in the Bible were for a specific group of
people for a specific time. So the law associated with the Mosaic covenant with the people of Israel first
and foremost, and secondarily and indirectly for Christians. The new covenant in Genesis 96, on the
other hand, was made with Noah and is still binding today since all of humanity descended through
Noah. That as well we still from the rule of capital punishment today because it was affirmed as part of
that commandment from God in Genesis 96. We also see in scripture that new covenants in the Bible a
firm and supersede previous covenants. God’s character never changes. Some orality never changes.
Therefore stealing, adultery, sexual morality, et cetera. Or just a simple now as they were in Old
Testament times. But the punishment is different. This is better seen that we understand how the new
covenant in Christ or firms in supersedes the Mosaic covenant and by default, Mosaic Law. There are
three components to Mosaic Law. The ceremonial, which deals with all the temple rites and rituals. The
moral dealing with the basic sense of right and wrong is to find the Ten Commandments and elsewhere
in the judicial component as defined by the various punishments for very sends a set out in the Old
Testament law. Jesus Christ said he did not come to overturn Mosaic Law. He came to fulfill every jot
and tittle. What did he mean by that? For starters, his sacrifice on the cross and subsequent resurrection
fulfilled all the ceremonial rites and rituals of the Old Testament. All of those things reform and for
running to his final work on the cross. Secondly, as Jeremiah 31 33 promised his work as our Lord and
Savior. And His promise of the Holy Spirit in the lives of all believers helps fulfill the promise that the
moral component of the Mosaic Law would indeed be written on our hearts. So for example, not only
should we not commit the physical act of adultery, but we also shouldn’t cover that for someone to
whom we aren’t married. And now through Christ, we can worship the Father in spirit and in truth as
John for 23 promised. So the commands against idolatry that we see in commands 12 in particular at the
Ten Commandments, would be truly fulfilled in our very hearts. This also means that practically the
temple has been moved in our hearts. We no longer need the certainly a component of the mosaic want
anymore, what do we need an actual physical temple to worship God? And finally, the judicial
component of the law. All the rules for types of punishments so forth, replaced when Christ took on the
full punishment of God’s wrath on the cross. That is why Christ never sought to use military force to
advance the kingdom, and why the early church didn’t use force either. It is true that the Catholic
Church, US military and corporal punishment course would be inserting the Middle Ages in the
reformation. But keep in mind that this didn’t start until after the Roman Empire had to walk to the
church. And it became a political tool for the likes of Constantine Theodosius. In any case, mapping out
the role that biblical law plays in society today is helpful for understanding certain limitations. For
instance, while homosexuality and other sexual sins are still prohibited by the New Testament, because
that is part of the moral law, the Old Testament. The severe punishments found on Mosaic Law for
those sins are not applicable today because the judicial component has been fulfilled through Christ
substitution every work. However, while this might seem nice and clean, we are still left asking the
question of what rule biblical law place at all in today’s pluralistic society? Truly answer that question.
We have to first address the claim that you can’t legislate morality. This claim assumes that government
cannot force personal beliefs and morals on people. But this assumption has a major deficiency. Every
law by virtue of being a law enforces some moral on others. Think about it. Even obscure regulations
assume immoral. That says that public safety is important. The most archaic code of tax law assumes
that is good and appropriate to pay taxes to support the government. Therefore, since it is impossible to
not legislate morality, we must then ask it better, more focused question, which model should be
legislated? Fortunately, the Bible provides some good answers to that question. First, we know that
Christ did not come to advance his kingdom militarily. Obedience to God cannot be forced upon people.
So even though disobeying God as a sin, that doesn’t mean necessarily that should be a crime
punishable by the state. So we see a sin crime distinction. All crimes are sins, but not all sins are crimes.
So what qualifies as a crime, what constitutes something in which the state has the authority to use
force? Keep in mind that the Bible is clear that the state does rightfully bear the sort of execution. As
Romans 13, verses 1 through 4 makes clear. The question then is what that sword should be used for?
Another guy in point from Scripture is that we have the right of self-defense. It is true that we were to
lay down our lives for others, but that is different from letting evildoers harm us and those that we are
called upon to protect. It is also true that we should be willing to give our lives, the Gospel into now it’s
all property, material possessions. But I didn’t a case-by-case basis. It is not the norm for everyone in
society at all times, in all places. In fact, if we look back at the Old Testament, we see specific
prohibitions against theft, adultery, covetousness, et cetera. All of which affirms some sense of private
property and prohibit people from taking the property of others. And even though Christ says that the
love of money is the root of all evil, the rope rami is defined as greed, not the actual act of owning
possessions. It’s also important to remember that even though Christ was not interested in military
conquest, who advances kingdom? He did, on the other hand, tells us i equals a 1 to on themselves of
sorts. What are we then to make this contrast between being willing to give relies the gospel and for
others in this call this self-defense. The answer is found in the motive and the goal. Adam was called, Be
fruitful and multiply and to take dominion. This implies the use of property and liberty to do so. But it
will be done in obedience to God and out of worship, not for selfish ends. Self-defense then should
occur as a means of restrain evil. If we allow someone to kill us, for instance, when we had the ability to
stop them, we’d be undermine our ability to serve God. And if we don’t stop them, they might hurt
others as well. So what we’re really talking about is selfless, self-defense. Living our y’s for God’s glory
and living to serve others. In doing so could mean martyrdom because we will not bow down to evil. But
there may also be times when actual fighting in military advancement is necessary to stop evil. It might
also mean sane up a system of justice to stop criminals from again, the weak and vulnerable in society.
Therefore, if we’re allowed to use self-defense to protect our lives and our freedoms. It can be argued
then that government should also have that power. But then it should be limited primarily to the same
realm of authority that we haven’t defend ourselves and others from serious harm. And that in turn is
why protecting an enable rights are so important. It defines the key things for which we might use self-
defense, basic life, liberty and property. Keep in mind that find you protect one’s property. It’s not the
same as fine over a piece of property. Really has more to do with protecting the basic right to own
property. This, after all, is the basic right to liberty. To live life with safety, comfort, and the ability to
provide for oneself and one’s family. Therefore, the types of morals which government should legislate
should be limited to laws which protect these basic and enable rights. In turn, the only crimes which can
be prosecuted by government relate to violations of inalienable rights. This also means that government
has the God given mandates not only prevent crimes against others, but also crimes against oneself.
After all, in animal rights are rights given to us by God, which one cannot be taken way but to, nor can
they be given away. The Bible is clear that we are to love our neighbors as ourselves. We do not violate
the rights of our neighbors because they are made in God’s image. But the converse is also true. We are
not permitted to violate and purposely destroy our own unable rights. And government in turn is
obligate to prevent such self violations. This is different from serving as a martyr for God’s Word or died
on the battlefield. These types of actions are done in service to others into God. On the contrary,
advocating to evil, whether through some destructive personal behaviors such as drug addictions, RBI
line Tierney, to gain power in a free society could both be seen as violating one’s an area we’ll rights.
This notion of restraint, personal freedom, and making life choices with others in mind does not sit well
if today’s individualistic culture, even among some Christians. But it is in keeping with the biblical notion
of personal responsibility and covenant. We were not given life for our own purposes and our personal
choices do in fact impact those around us for good or for evil. Pretending otherwise is not alleviate or
divine calling or obligation to others. Thus from Scripture, we do not see an emphasis so much on
unlimited freedom, but rather liberty. That is freedom within the restraints of God’s law, which in turn is
based upon living for the Lord and serving others. In summary, we can say the following things about
biblical law. First, the punishments discussed the Old Testament are not relevant for today. Secondly,
the ceremonial and religious systems in the Old Testament are not relevant today, nor should
government force who begins to God? Even though we’re all called to worship God and live for Jesus
Christ. Third, the moral law, the Old Testament and New Testament are still relevant today. Specifically
via the sin crime distinction, government must uphold and protect our inalienable rights. In wheeze,
individuals must avoid violating the rights of ourselves and others.
Challenges for the Church in a Postmodern Society
In previous presentations, we learn that the moral law introduced and affirmed throughout the Old and
New Testament is still relevant in Napa, multi-day, God’s character never changes. After all. We also
learned that the ultimate and proper use of physical forces for the protection of inalienable rights. Nor
does the Bible mandate that civil government use physical force, of course, obedience to Christ, but it
does mandated punish wrongdoing. With this approach, we are reminded of the sin crime distinction.
All crimes are sins, but not every sin is a crime. Crimes are only those sensory violations of rights. This
minimalistic approach ensures maximum freedom for a society in which different people believe
different things. Further helps us to understand the importance as Christians have been solved light of
being the church that God has called us to be. We see that there are different roles for church and state.
The state has the role punishing crime and the church of the rule being the agents of reformation
through the power of Christ. So that God’s law will be written on every person’s heart in society. This
type of reformation can only occur voluntarily and through the power of the Holy Spirit. While we hope
that many of you will indeed go into politics and CTP change agents within government. All of us,
regardless of our career, are called to be the Salton, like as Christians, we’re called to be active
participants of our churches in our communities, to be good neighbors who care about others and little
radically with our prosperity and our resources. We were also called to take a stand against the lies that
are currently at work in our nation. We’re experiencing a battle of ideas for political ideologies like
multiculturalism, queer theory, Marxism and progressivism. Enrolled use like modernism and
postmodernism provide competing narratives to the truth of the gospel and respond to these
challenges. We walk a