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#1 Mar 5, 2012
Would Jesus Have Booed Ron Paul's "Golden Rule for Foreign Policy?"
Posted by Jim Babka
This is an open letter to my fellow Christians. If it moves you, please share it with other believers. It is intended to be a chain letter, to spread and cause discussion.
Here is The Golden Rule as expressed by Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ ...
"So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you..." And in this instance its "golden" because it "...sums up the Law and the Prophets." [Matthew 7:12 (NIV)]
On Tuesday, January 17, 2012, in the South Carolina Republican debate, candidate Ron Paul said the following...
My point is, if another country does to us what we do others, we're not going to like it very much. So I would say that maybe we ought to consider a golden rule in foreign policy.[loud boos begin to drown out Paul] Don't do to other nations what we don't want to have them do to us.[indecipherable angry shouts can be heard]
The booing stunned me. Maybe it wouldn't have a while back. Maybe I would've booed too. After all ...
I was brought up in a fundamentalist church, educated at a Baptist school, thanks to parents who listened to Christian radio. My father was a Goldwater/Reagan Republican. I was a College Republican and a "dittohead" (Rush Limbaugh fan). In my adulthood, I taught Sunday School in two mainstream Evangelical churches.
Therefore, I understand that South Carolina crowd. But there's no disputing that many of them booed the words of their professed Messiah.
My heart has grown and my mind has transformed. So when the booing happened during the debate, I thought ...
"Would Jesus have booed?"
Jesus advocated The Golden Rule. Ron Paul advocated applying The Golden Rule. But the Christian crowd booed the words "golden rule."
Someone committed an error. Was it Jesus? Was it Ron Paul? Or was it the church-going crowd?
Is there any way to defend that crowd without rejecting Jesus?
As I said, maybe I too would have booed in the past. I suspect I would've justified myself as follows ...
The Golden Rule doesn't apply to government, which according to Romans 13 was given the "power of the sword" to "terrorize evildoers."
Ron Paul was being naive. These are dangerous Muslim terrorists, and they want to kill innocent Americans. The Golden Rule doesn't apply to Al Qaeda. They will see meekness as weakness and hurt us some more.
Indeed, according to Romans 13, government leaders are to be a terror to evildoers. The "power of the sword" may be required.
But candidate Paul advocates policies that accord perfectly with Romans 13. He admits that war is sometimes necessary. His only caveat is that Congress must first declare it. Mr. Paul argues that this legal impediment helps to ensure that war is pursued rarely and with sufficient cause. This position has the virtue of being consistent with Christian tradition (Just War) and the Constitution.
But is it somehow naive? And if so, was Jesus naive?
Consider what some call the hardest verses in the Bible, Matthew 5:38-42. They come from the Sermon on the Mount ...
"You have heard that it was said,'An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.' 39 But I tell you not to resist an evil person. But whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also. 40 If anyone wants to sue you and take away your tunic, let him have your cloak also. 41 And whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two. 42 Give to him who asks you, and from him who wants to borrow from you do not turn away."
And these thoughts are echoed in Romans 12:17-20 (see also Proverbs 25:21-22)...
Read more: http://www.downsizedcfoundation.org/blog/woul...
#2 Mar 5, 2012
God is love.
•Sell everything you have and give to the poor…
•But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. You will be repaid at the resurrection of the just.
You cannot serve both God and Money.
•They devour widows’ houses and for a show make lengthy prayers. These men will be punished most severely.
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