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Stoning Rebellious Children? A Look At Dominionism

October 22, 2012

Sorry for being absent for so long but Marie and I were away for a week and I am now working on a book. Everybody eventually writes a book and I have one being poured out of my troubled mind right now. It is something with a spiritual theme, so you might enjoy it. More on that later.

This comes from my home state of Arkansas. It is worth a read.

There’s a story going around the internet about a candidate for state office in Arkansas who wrote a book that argues, among other things, that parents should be able to have rebellious children executed. Here’s more:

Charlie Fuqua, the Republican candidate for the Arkansas House of Representatives who called forexpelling Muslims from the United States in his book, also wrote in support for instituting the death penalty for “rebellious children.”

In “God’s Law,” Fuqua’s 2012 book, the candidate wrote that while parents love their children, a process could be set up to allow for the institution of the death penalty for “rebellious children,” according to the Arkansas Times. Fuqua, who is anti-abortion, points out that the course of action involved in sentencing a child to death is described in the Bible and would involve judicial approval. While it is unlikely that many parents would seek to have their children killed by the government, Fuqua wrote, such power would serve as a way to stop rebellious children.

 

Stoning Rebellious Children? A Look At Dominionism.

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A conversation starter on Christian triumphalism: The Problem with Mount Carmel Moments

August 31, 2012

Here is an item I scanned from a blog devoted to “modern pagans.” Since I have had so much luck getting readers to patiently think things through, I figured, why not take one more shot at it.

I absolutely disagree with the blogger’s religion but I think makes a few points about Evangelical triumphalism. Put plainly, American Evangelicals think that they are the majority religion (a premise that doesn’t hold up, of course) so they can impose Christianity on everybody else, and and the defeated classes will either come to like it, or leave. That’s really making short-order of a complex mindset, but you get the picture.

Where I live, in Mike Huckabee’s home state of Arkansas, people who are religiously conservative run the show. Heck, by all appearances, I am one of those conservative Christians. As an orthodox Christian with a high view of scripture I agree with much of the religions right’s religion. But that ends with their pig-headed determination to use government to enforce a theistic state.

Religiously conservative Christians tend to be shockingly naive when it comes to politics. It is as if once they win the culture war, all those Jews, atheists, Mormons, Buddhists, Roman Catholics, agnostics, social liberals, and other “soft” Christians will just close up shop and go away. This is full of irony because the instrument of reform is the same dreaded federal government they typically love to hate. The other irony is that they explicitly forget that they might someday face a Pharoah such as the genocidal tyrant in Exodus 1, a ruler who did not know Joseph.

Many Evangelicals refuse to accept the tension of living in the “already but not yet.” Readers of the New Testament know that the Kingdom is already here, but not in full. Jesus reigns, but not in the earthly national realm. Not yet. Instead of living out the virtues that would make Christianity so attractive that pagans would have to give it a look, lots of us do everything we can to make us look like a bunch of ignorant knuckle-heads.

So, disagreeing with the pagan worldview, I do think there is some merit in this post. Perhaps you might use it as a conversation starter.

The Problem with Mount Carmel Moments.

Rick Santorum and “exceptionalism”: America under attack, all in a day’s work for the Satanic powers

February 22, 2012

Not long ago, I responded to a proposal for a piece on the role of Satan in American politics. It is a great topic, but I did not get the job. Nonetheless, I have been thinking about it. There has also been quite a bit of discussion concerning a somewhat related topic. Republican Presidential candidate Rick Santorum raised the possibility that the United States was under satanic attack a few years ago, and the matter has come to the surface as his candidacy continues to increase in popularity.Here is the latest from the Huffington Post.

Rick Santorum is making no effort to distance himself from his 2008 remarks about Satan attacking America.

Last week Right Wing Watch dug up a speech Santorum made while McCain and Obama were campaigning. Listen below, and here are some sound bites:

“Satan has his sights on the United States of America!”
“Satan is attacking the great institutions of America, using those great vices of pride, vanity, and sensuality as the root to attack all of the strong plants that has so deeply rooted in the American tradition.”

“This is a spiritual war. And the Father of Lies has his sights on what you would think the Father of Lies would have his sights on: a good, decent, powerful, influential country – the United States of America. If you were Satan, who would you attack in this day and age? There is no one else to go after other than the United States and that has been the case now for almost 200 years, once America’s preeminence was sown by our great Founding Fathers.”

Santorum defended his comments a rally in Phoenix Tuesday evening, saying that it’s “absurd” they resurfaced on the Drudge Report earlier that day.

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