Liberty Defense League Timothy Baldwin Romans 13

You Are Here: Articles Monday, June 1, 2015

by Tim Baldwin
published in Flathead Beacon, 02/25/15

Many people will reject truth that comes from their enemy. This was seen when many conservatives harshly criticized Obama for noting, at the National Prayer Breakfast, the oppressive acts committed centuries ago under Christianity. Perhaps their criticism came because they refuse to acknowledge what distorts religion, including Christianity.

Many conservatives have turned the conflicts in the Middle East into a religious issue. They promote America’s fight against “ISIS” as a way to kill infidels. But Obama sees the terrorism as a distortion of religion. Obama’s view seems to be supported by the many Muslims who are fighting against ISIS and condemning their misapplication of the Koran.

Battling for correct interpretations of holy books is not unique to Islam. One of the quantum leaps for individual liberty made centuries ago in the West was when theologians and philosophers began using a scientific method to interpret the Bible. They argued, if your interpretation of the Bible promotes hurting innocent people or making slaves of people, it is necessarily wrong. This maxim helped create the “Age of Enlightenment,” which created government and political models on the rights of individuals, not on the elite, whether political and religious. Its influence exists today and likely will forever.

Simply put, no just God would command unjust things from people—whether to make killers of the innocent or slaves to tyrants. I say, amen to that.

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