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Christian Values in Government

A friend of mine regularly posts anti-Christian statements on his Facebook feed.  I don’t always like his tone, but I find that I agree with his feelings more often then I wished.  Sometimes I want to reach out and let him know that we are not all like that, but I know that he is just venting emotion from being wounded by the church.  He recently posted something that got under my skin a little though.  I needed to spend some time thinking about it.

Basically, his point was that it is unethical or inappropriate for someone to push their Christian values onto him through the governmental process.
On the surface I kind of get that…separation of church and state right?

Well there is a problem: how are a Christian’s values less important than a non-Christian’s? Do we simply place our values to the side because of who we are?  Let the seculars declare the values and trust that theirs will be more fair?  The whole point of a democratic system is so that the majority of people who want something done can have it that way.  If there are more Christians the law will reflect Christian values, if more people are secular then the law would reflect secular values.

I know, the idea is that it should simply be the values that are only derived from the faith that should be set aside, but how do you really do that, and where else do values come from?

Values can come from our culture or society, our opinions, or our faith.

If we only focus on the values that our culture/society present then we cannot change or grow as a country.  Slavery was once the norm and our society said it was good.  If people had not fought against societal norms, it would still exist.

If we use our opinions as individuals then we will only look out for ourselves.  Someone who beats his wife may say that he believes he is doing right by teaching her a lesson.  If we believe that each person has their own truth then who are we to tell him he is wrong?

I am not ignorant to the fact that basing our values on our faith can have the same impact.  In fact, each of the examples above have been argued for from the scriptures. 

What I am saying is: where else do we get our values?  Is it not a balance of these three? In the tension of these three approaches we find progress as a nation.  Each approach has led to progress at some point.  I wonder if there is another option.


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