Understanding the Values and Ideals of Our Secular Cities

(Note: This article was originally published in January 2012)

As a Christ-follower who has lived in New York City all his life, I have witnessed the increased secularization of our great city, especially within the past year. For example, not only was same-sex marriage made legal in our state, but there were also laws passed that put undue regulations on pregnancy crisis centers, laws making it necessary for churches to renew and prove their tax-exempt status annually (or face the consequence of having their tax-exempt status revoked), a policy enacted by the mayor that banned nativity scenes and Christmas trees from the Staten Island Ferry terminal, a decision by the mayor to ban clergy from participating in the ceremonies marking the 10th anniversary of September 11, 2001, and most recently, the mayor and city officials have given our churches notice that they can no longer rent publically funded community facilities and public schools for Sunday worship. (Note: This past week, the New York City Housing Authority reversed course because of the pressure put on them by our churches.)

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Why Only Righteousness Can Exalt a Nation

Proverbs 14:34 says, “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.” The word righteousness in this passage is not referring to an individual’s right standing with God but to a nation that adheres to God’s righteous standards as found in His moral law. Notice it is not democrats or republicans who exalt a nation but righteousness.

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The Christian Influence behind the Declaration of Independence

Introduction

The Declaration of Independence, which is the foundation of our nation’s Constitution, is so imbued with a biblical worldview that it would be controversial to read it aloud in many public schools, as well as other venues, because of the current secular movement towards removing Christianity from the public square!

My prayer is that leaders will use this teaching to remind their congregations, as well as friends and families, as to the Christian influence of our nation’s founding!

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Why Political Activism in the Pulpit is Part of the Gospel of the Kingdom

Since the fall of man there has been a conflict/competition between the humanistic governmental state and the Kingdom of God. At the onset of our creation, humans were commanded to bring God’s kingdom culture to every realm of society (Genesis 1:28). Satan constructed alternate societies built upon human pride and autonomy. Genesis 4:17 shows that Cain built a city after he ran from God, which became the prototype for the Tower of Babel and other man-centered cultures and empires like Babylon, Greece , Rome, etc.

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Why Politics Crucified Jesus

During this election season, most have bought into the erroneous idea that society should be run purely from a secular mindset. This is a far cry from before 1954 when federal laws were changed by the Johnson amendment, which essentially made it illegal for churches to endorse political candidates under the threat of losing their 501(c)3 tax-exempt status (although the U.S. Constitution already guarantees tax-exempt status for churches, with or without the 501(c)3).

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The Ominous Trend towards a Human or Humanoid Hybrid Culture

As in most significant epochs in history (Luke 19:44), most people today are unaware that society has already crossed the most important threshold in over 100 years, since the advent of the airplane. The signs are already here.

Of course, what I am speaking of (based on the title) is the nature, essence and significance of humanity versus non-living machinations of humanity (the human/robot or humanoid narrative). What was mere science fiction a few years ago has already arrived. There are already numerous robot expos in several places of the world, as well as more and more science fiction movies depicting robot-human relations.

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Applying the Law of God in Culture

Although we can get ideas and extrapolate principles regarding the application of the moral law to culture from the 613 civic laws, it is important we also attempt to see how the Ten Commandments can affect present day public policy. Because the Ten Commandments are not the sole focus of this book, I will just use a few of the Ten Commandments to show that they are still relevant to public policy today.

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