Category: Foundations

America’s Christian Heritage – Restoring A Christian Culture

“The current state of politics is a direct reflection of the state of our culture.  The current state of our culture is a direct reflection of the state of the church.  The current state of the church is a direct reflection of the state of a Christian’s walk with God.”

It’s Election Season 2018.  Many primaries have finished, and still more have yet to happen.  As is the norm amongst Christians and conservatives, we often look for the candidates who are the most principled, the most eloquent, the most firm in their beliefs.  The ones who we know won’t capitulate upon taking office.  The ones we know will follow through on their word.  As a result, we act upon who we find, sacrificing our time, effort, and money to put those people in office.

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The Death of Justice

Whether dressed in the black gown or the orange jumpsuit, and whether cheering the elephant or riding the donkey, many Americans agree that the judicial system needs to be reformed.  Why?  The great problem of the modern justice system is that it is neither just, nor merciful, nor efficient.

Let’s begin with some simple definitions.  Our linguistic currency for this discussion is justice and mercy.  By ‘justice,’ I mean ‘receiving what is deserved.’  By ‘mercy,’ I mean ‘not receiving what is deserved.’  Justice refers to the full force of the penalty, the ‘heavy hand of the law.’  Mercy refers to an abbreviation of the penalty, stemming from kindness and concern.  Justice cares for what is right; mercy cares for individuals.

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Printz v. United States (1997): Scalia, Madison and the Original Intent of Federalism’s Paradigm

The enumerated objects over which the federal government was given its jurisdiction during the ratification debates in 1787-89 have been heavily disputed within the court system to this day, with such disagreements frequently appearing before the jurisprudence of the Supreme Court itself.  The debate over the separation of the sovereignty of the states from the sovereignty of the national government itself still remains unresolved today (see Federalist No. 39).  In Printz v. United States, specifically, the issue at hand involved whether the federal government could issue directives to state law enforcement officers in Montana and Arizona to uphold and enforce federal background checks as required under The Brady Handgun Prevention Act passed by Congress in 1993, which created a National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) in order to track the potential criminal histories of consumers wishing to purchase firearms.  Upon a writ of certiorari, the Supreme Court agreed to review the issue in greater depth.

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America’s Christian Heritage – The Spiritual Impact On Our Nation’s Founding

Less than seventy years after the establishment of our governing documents, and around a century since the beginning of the Great Awakening, certain individuals sought to secularize the political arena, calling for the immediate end of all activities which stemmed from religion, such as prayer and worship, within the halls of our Capitol.  Congress declined, stating,

“Had the people, during the Revolution, had a suspicion of any attempt to war against Christianity, that Revolution would have been strangled in its cradle.  At the time of the adoption of the Constitution and the amendments, the universal sentiment was that Christianity should be encouraged, not any one sect.” – House Judiciary Committee, Thirty-Third United States Congress (1853-1854)

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