Tuesday, May 02, 2006

The new 'umma .... right here in SC?

.... that's tongue-in-cheek. Obviously, this person has no clue of the legitimate role of an autonomous, secular state, in Christian thought. Bible based government.
Christian Exodus believes in getting its way by moving to a conservative state and then running for elected office -- on school boards, city councils, the state legislature -- then changing laws.

They are looking for people who would be willing to fight for prayer in schools, sex education that preaches abstinence, and making sodomy a crime.

"This takes a particular type of individual," said Cory Burnell. "One who really sees the last 30 years of Christian activism has failed."

Christian Exodus has set its sights on six conservative South Carolina counties, places big enough for its followers to find jobs, but small enough places where change can quickly take place.

By 2014, these political pioneers want enough people in key positions to make a dramatic impact on statewide elections.
Hmm, where's the verse that says that the Bible is the basis for government .... ? Oh ... sorry --- that's in the Qu'ran ... wrong religion, dude!


Yurodivi said...

Sorry, but I have to dispute. The OT is rife with descriptions of justice and how to govern. An old friend of mine, a retired attorney and Orthodox Jew, told me that in his opinion the Hebrew Scriptures were basically a road map to good government. He considered the NT deficient because of all that "love your enemies" and communal living stuff.

Of course, if you don't believe Jesus was the Messiah, it will make you cast a jaundiced eye on the rest of the NT. Still -- the OT is full of government instruction. It's not just the Koran. What is present in the OT that is missing from the Koran is a sense of separation between the priests and the Kings and/or Judges. In Islam there is essentially no distinction between politics and religion.

Gashwin said...

Oh --- I agree about the OT: Leviticus, Deuteronomy, huge parts of Exodus ... and this sense of the Davidic kingship as the ideal kingdom and theocracy. And yes, also about a separation of powers, so to speak, in the OT.

My point was really: where does the Bible itself say that it should be the basis of government? Basically, I don't think the Bible has this sense of itself as "a religious book" in the same way that the Qu'ran does ... [Yes there's 2 Tim 3:16, but it's not really talking about government, and certainly not government in the modern sense, and that's in the NT, referring most probably to the OT]. Just as the Bible itself doesn't say it is the sole source of truth [again, unlike the Qu'ran, and contra sola scriptura]. The idea of a "Bible based government" [as being used by this particular Christian group] sounds,at the surface, more of an Islamic idea [or, an ancient Israelite idea] than a properly Christian one.

Besides, I doubt that these folk want to bring back the OT Law in all its splendor into force.

St. Elizabeth of Cayce said...

I'll take the Christian Exodus much more seriously when the Burnells (who have been talking about this for at least 5 years) actually move here.

Put your money (taxes, at least) where your mouth is dude (Mr. Burnell, not our blog host...)