Recently the Conservative wing produced an over long, 120 pages, manifesto called Room to Grow. Looking at it sound something that came out of and Soviet Union: to fix the nation economic woes we need to get married and have more babies. The manifesto panders to the middle class, bashes corporations, ignoring rich and poor, childless couples, empty nesters and singles. It hardly a prescription for economic grown but a perception for social engineering and expanding the role of government. None programs mentioned in document promote economic growth: i.e. lower taxes, lower spending and reduce the size and scope of government. Actually it does the opposite; it grows government in one area while claiming decreasing welfare and increases spending.
Conservative Room to Grow: Limited Government, Singles, Empty Nesters, Married no Children, Need not to Apply.
“I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival,” he supposedly said. “It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty.
“It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations *, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward for evermore,”
Attributed to John Addams after the adoption of the Decoration of Independence in July 1776.
* unfortunately we a banned from getting real illuminations 500g and bigger and high flying with a widow shattering boom. Oh yes he said guns.
I did not make approval of the writer of another blogger over Gay Days’ at ‘Family-Friendly’ Disney. The article confuses me. I agree with her at the statement of the Gospel, but it seem to be tacked on at the end tack on at the end.
“As headlines such as this become more and more common, then, the Christian must not lose heart. It is not the job of the Christian to redeem the culture and to make this world a comfortable place to live. It is the duty of the Christian to proclaim the gospel, calling men and women to repent of their sins and trust in Christ alone for salvation.”
My problem the argument is how she got there even where, in my opinion, seem contradictory. First she quotes the American Family Association’s yearly and vain rants on Gay Day which seems like she agrees with it. The ends with the statement quoted above I disagree with the statement and replied. Her response to my reply as follows:
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On Facebook I had a little debate with one of my liberal and Lutheran friends, over gay marriage. The talk got around my sympatric view of Ayn Rand to which my friend replied in a rather viscous attack against her that no Christian should read her. This is my reply:
Now as for politics scripture says very little about government. I do not agree with her epistemology and find her individual liberty vs. altruism hypocritical; if a person has individual liberty then one must have the right to chose to be altruistic, simply we cannot use force against others.
I remind you I do agree with Luther, idea of the three uses of the law: first the civil, second, that exposes us our sin and brig us to the cross Romans 3: 19-20 and finally, as we are bought into the body of Christ the example of good works “which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them” (see Ephesians 2: 1-10 (v. 10)).
Now as for the first use of the law, scripture says very little on civil government. So in dealing with a sinful world (Romans 1:18-32) in daily vocations, what is the best way to protect the individual and redirect sinful man’s aggressions to the most good? I dare say it is individual liberty and capitalism. There is one rule of such system: one cannot initiate and act of force against one neighbor. Yet how do we get the items we need? We either create them or trade for them in a capitalist system which benefits both the buyer and seller. Furthermore, I see capitalism more closely to the Christian idea than any socialist system. Nowhere in scripture we are called to use fore against one neighbor but be a cheerful giver not under compulsion 2 Corinthians 9:7 cross referenced by the descriptive text of the early church in Acts 2: 44-47, the church did not take or demanded government take from what outsiders “but And all who believed were together and had all things in common. 45 And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need”. Also see Ephesians 4: 28. Finally a system of individualism and capitalism defuses power which in the hands of sinful humanity leads to corruption or as Lord Acton puts it, power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.