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Thursday, October 2, 2008

The Reason For This Blog

[This post can be found at the new site, here]

Today on the Religious Politic, I thought I would open with a reason for it's existence. That is specifically, why does this blog exist, and what is it's goal?

The beliefs of myself are varied, but inevitably they are founded on the Bible. As should be obvious, I am not claiming that my beliefs right now are entirely in line, but rather, that my goal personally is to do so. With that as a backdrop, let me examine a key verse in the Bible:

2 Timothy 3:16-17 "All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work." (NIV)
The issue at stake is this: While it is a common practice to argue politics endlessly, from things like imminent domain to taxation, what is often missing is the element of a Biblical basis. That is, why taxation should exist, or how much it should be, are argued into infinite detail, but hardly ever argued from a Biblical stance.

It is my position, and I can argue this position Biblically, that all views must be subjected to scripture. There can be no "thing" in life where scripture does not penetrate. From romance, to philosophy, to meal preparation, to school education, to news reporting, and (this blogs purpose) also in politics. In my interactions, I have found a desire by fellow Christians to understand how to apply scripture to politics, and I hope this blog will serve that purpose.

In my personal studies I have found that my own understanding of scripture has been not only flawed by misunderstanding, but by a total ignorance on the issue. When I try to understand taxation, I am asking myself: Why can a country levy a tax in the first place? If it can Biblically, what is it's limit? And so on. This blog's purpose is to apply Biblical principles as much as possible to every area of politics.

That is all for now, first definitive post in a few days.


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