Christ & Public Life

If Christianity is true, it should make a difference in the Church and the home that flows over into the marketplace and the voting booth. That much is clear. As to what that difference might be, there is little consensus; less, it seems, with every passing year. I submit that its determination should start with the following propositions, four essential cornerstones of any approach to public life that can claim to be either Christian or reality-based:

1. There is only one Messiah, and the state is not he.

2. No program or theory that undermines individual responsibility is acceptable (or even tolerable).

3. Programs or theories that seem to advance "social justice" by violating one of the first two propositions will backfire in the long run.

4. Compassion that fails to understand human nature and human motivation is equivalent to cruelty.

We violate these principles at our peril.

Donald T. Williams Ph.D., is R. A. Forrest Scholar at Toccoa Falls College. He is the author of eleven books, most recently Deeper Magic: The Theology Behind the Writings of C. S. Lewis (Square Halo Books, 2016) and An Encouraging Thought: The Christian Worldview in the Writings of J. R. R. Tolkien (Christian Publishing House, 2018). He is a member of University Church, an interdenominational house church in Athens, Georgia.

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