Monday, January 28, 2008

Christian Roots - Conservative Branches

My upbringing and unwavering faith in God have attributed to my view of the world as a whole. I consider the book of Proverbs to be the book of wisdom for daily life. Proverbs 6 provides examples of what God hates, yes it says hates, and also a fantastic story of an ant.

Proverbs 6:6-11 (The Message) You lazy fool, look at an ant. Watch it closely; let it teach you a thing or two. Nobody has to tell it what to do. All summer it stores up food; at harvest it stockpiles provisions. So how long are you going to laze around doing nothing? How long before you get out of bed? A nap here, a nap there, a day off here, a day off there, sit back, take it easy - do you know what comes next? Just this: You can look forward to a dirt-poor life, poverty your permanent houseguest!

I understand there are those that simply cannot, and that is what welfare was meant for. I understand there are those that won't, and that is a shame.

2 Theselonians 3:10b If a man will not work, he shall not eat.

Back to Proverbs, in chapter 6, verses 17-19 explains the things God hates. Haughty eyes - being proud
Lying tongue - enough said
Hands that shed innocent blood - life is sacred and a gift
A heart that devises wicked schemes
Feet that are quick to rush into evil
A false witness who pours out lies and a man that stirs up dissension among brothers.

I know there will be some of you that will twist these words and remove them from their context, but it will not move me.

My earlier posts explained my views and here is the basis. Give Caesar what is due him, but love thy neighbor as thyself. Take care of the widows and orphans, for this is the true religion. This is our responsibility. Do not shed innocent blood. Life comes from God and is not up to us to end it early.

Now that the left side of New Albany knows my theology, let's talk policy. I will try to the best of my ability to stay on topic, but no promises. This faith is woven into me. I expect the comments to be plentiful and heavy handed, so bring 'em on.