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  1. George Hepburn says:

    Mike,

    This Blog resonated with me.

    The problem we have with institutions not taking us seriously, like Plank not wanting one of us on his board, stems from the fact that institutions are increasingly dealing with reality stemming from the natural order of things as the politically correct world wants to see them.

    The institutions are not attributing creation , the natural order of things in the universe, nor the good that results when an institution produces profits, to God.

    It’s that simple. The Planks, Musks and Cooks of the high profit producing institutions all see their flourishing coming from a world without God–one that came into existence from the big Bang theory—no God needed.

    That proposition put up by these profit generating institutions is at a minimum an image they need to carry in the PC world we now occupy. Every one of them it seems, is fears admitting to their Faith, if they have any. That fear is worldly fear of losing customers. That’s why Chick Fil A backed down on their stance against Gay Marriage and anti-homosexuality. They folded to the world’s view, instead of sticking to God’s view.

    The largest institutions today not only do not stand behind God’s Commands, but they openly avoid being associated with anyone who says they believe in Christ and want to obey His commands.

    This is the reason you would have a difficult time serving on the Board of Plank’s company. He’s afraid if you try to apply your faith to human flourishing he will lose customers. The PC world dominates. And Plank himself may not have any faith–if he does, he will keep it in the closet.

    What a reversal. When the closet dwellers once were the sinners, now the closet dweller are the Faithful. Sin is in vogue.I’m not so sure God will reward that.

  2. Gerard says:

    Mike,

    I am not sure how this piece exactly fits, but I get an impression from history that American Christianity in the last 150 years (perhaps longer) has increasingly disqualified itself as a legitimate resources for civil institutions.

    One form of disqualification occurred when within Christianity sentiments shifted from respecting and protecting the civil freedoms of all (most importantly non-believers)to aims of legislating religious behaviors Christians found acceptable, regardless of what civil liberties were over run.

    For example, prohibition.

    Would it makes sense that a requirement for Christians to be considered legit is that they are experts at distinguishing between civil liberty (freedom insomuch as not violating another’s freedom) and moral liberty (wanting to love others as God loves) and knowing when not to cross the civic line into legislating religious behaviors?

    Also, I wonder how many non-Christians feel treated as equals by Christians. Or do non-Christians feel that “they are the problem that Christians are going to fix” rather than “they are desired and equal partners in building a more free and civil society”?

    I tend not to take advice from those who do not esteem me as an equal.

    I find that it is more god-like to give a man freedom and then let him be accountable for his actions (e.g. if you don’t work you don’t eat) than to deprive a man of his freedom (e.g. to drink or not to drink) so that his personal manners are acceptable to others.

    Grateful for you column; I look forward to reading it every week.

  3. Mike Metzger says:

    Hi Gerard: Correct on many accounts. The problem of American Christianity is at least 150 years old. Worse, few American Christians correctly understand it.

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