Free Stuff Friday (a day late)

On this coming Sunday, I will be preaching from Romans 13 about the government’s nature and functions. In my study and preparation, I came across a good book by James McLeod Willson titled The Establishments and Limits of Civil Government: An Exposition of Romans 13.1-7.

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The Law Is a Gift from God

image-911crossIt’s not good enough to have equal access to our law; we must also have equal access to the higher law — the law of God. George Washington warned that morality could not prevail in exclusion of religious principles. And Jefferson asked, ‘Can the liberties of a nation be thought secure, when we’ve removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of people that these liberties are the gifts of God?’ We must preserve the noble promise of the American dream for every man, woman, and child in this land. And make no mistake, we can preserve it, and we will. That promise was not created by America. It was given to America as a gift from a loving God — a gift proudly recognized by the language of liberty in the world’s greatest charters of freedom: our Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights.

Ronald Reagan, Aug. 1, 1983, annual meeting of the American Bar Association, Atlanta, GA

Religion and Politics

Whatever a church’s relationship to its political environment in any given case, it can take two measures to avoid becoming politically acculturated. The first measure is to ensure that theology determines politics, and not politics theology…. The second measure is to retain a strong sense of mission.

Stephen P. Hoffman in Timothy P. Demy and Gary P. Stewart, Politics and Public Policy: A Christian Response, p. 60

Liberty Springs from an Abiding Faith in God

The public expression through prayer of our faith in God is a fundamental part of our American heritage and a privilege which should not be excluded by law from any American school, public or private. One hundred fifty years ago, Alexis de Tocqueville found that all Americans believed that religious faith was indispensable to the maintenance of their republican institutions. Today, I join with the people of this nation in acknowledging this basic truth, that our liberty springs from and depends upon an abiding faith in God.

Ronald Reagan, May 17, 1982, in a proposed Constitutional amendment for prayer in schools