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4.26.2005    |    If not your faith, then what...
Will inform your decisionmaking as an elected official? In a poll taken by the reliably liberal and secular Washington Post-ABC News Poll, this question was posed to some members of the public:
Do you think a political leader should or should not rely on his or her religious beliefs in making policy decisions?
The result was unsurprising, with a majority (55%) saying, no, faith should not be relied on in making policy decisions.

Well, then, the religious nut writing here asks, if one doesn't reach down to one's faith for answers, what is your ultimate authority as to what is right and what is wrong? Atheists may insist on a variety of codes of behavior, ethical statements, and, who knows, even cite the Golden Rule (Matthew 22:39), although they of course would not consider this as coming from God in the Person of Jesus.

Well, an atheist has no anchor, unless he's a closet believer. For those of us out of that closet, who are believers in God, we may not agree on very many things, but, by God, we should believe that if there is a God, and He created the universe, then He is bigger than anything else. Then He is the ground of our being. Then He is the Author of that which we hold true. Then He is, with certitude, a better authority for what we should be doing in our lives.

So, what would be so wrong with using our faith as the basis for "making policy decisions?" Unless one viewed God and one's religious beliefs as ephemeral and unworthy, what better grounding could there be for policy decisions, or any other kinds of decisions? Short answer: none that I could imagine.

Speaking for myself, it would be an affront to my faith if I could, somehow, ignore what I hold true in my approach to quotidian matters. Not that I don't do this. It's what could otherwise be called my sinful nature. Why sinful? Because when I ignore God in my decisionmaking, this effects a separation between me and God. Which is another way of saying that I am sinning.

In short, why should we think it desirable for a political leader to sin, i.e. to ignore God, when he or she makes decisions? We should not.

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Welcome. My name is John Luke Rich, (very) struggling Christian. The focus here is Christianity in its many varieties, its fussing and feuding, how it impacts our lives and our society, with detours to consider it with other faiths (or lack thereof).

Call this blog my way of evangelizing on the internet.

Putting it differently, we're only here on this earth a short time. It's the rest of eternity that we should be most concerned about. Call it the care and feeding of our souls.

I was born Jewish, and born again in Christ Jesus over thirty years ago. First as a Roman Catholic; now a Calvinist by persuasion and a Baptist by denomination. But I'm hardly a poster boy for doctrinal rigidity.

I believe that Scripture is the rock on which all Christian churches must stand -- or sink if they are not so grounded. I believe that we are saved by faith, but hardly in a vacuum. That faith is a gift from God, through no agency on our part -- although we sometimes turn a deaf ear and choose to ignore God's knocking on the door.

To be Christian is to evangelize. Those who think it not their part to evangelize perhaps haven't truly understood what our Lord told us in Matthew 28. We must preach the Gospel as best we are able. Using words if necessary.

Though my faith waxes and wanes, it never seems to go away. Sometimes I wish it would, to give me some peace of mind. But then, Jesus never said that walking with Him was going to be easy...

Final note: I also blog as Jack Rich on cultural, political and other things over at Wrong Side of the Tracks

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