Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Ken Ham's State of the Nation Address

Ken Ham, the head of Answers in Genesis and the Creation Museum in Petersburg, Kentucky will be giving a State of the Nation address on February 16, to be streamed at http://www.answerslive.org/. Christian NewWire has this quote from Ham:
"Many Christians have been duped into accepting a false idea: that there is a 'neutral' position they can take in regard to social issues," Ham said. "Some Christians even accept the myth that the U.S. Constitution declares that there should be a separation of church and state. They are hesitant to inject Christian beliefs into politics.

"God's Word, however, makes it clear that there is no neutral position," Ham continued. "God's people need to unashamedly and uncompromisingly stand on the Bible and its absolute standards. We need to proclaim a Christian worldview and the Gospel, all the while giving answers for the hope we have."
As a Christian, I support the above statements. I will have to tune in to see if he sticks to the text.

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  1. Many Christians have been duped into accepting a false idea: that there is a 'neutral' position they can take in regard to social issues

    I'd say there's some verbal sleight of hand going on there. Even if Christians should be for or against a certain social phenomenon on moral grouds, it does not necessarily follow that should support the use of coercion to encourage or suppress that social phenomenon.

  2. If I were to pick nits, I would say there is no such thing as a "Christian worldview." The problem with that term is that it divorces faith from culture, as if faith is something that can exist outside of culture. Christ was not incarnated into a generic human, but into a very specific situation: a time, place and people. Our call as missionaries is to do the same: to discover, as it were, Christ in the midst of wherever we are sent.

  3. You are correct. What is interesting is how Christianity is practiced in different parts of the world and how local cultures influence behaviors. Obviously, it can go horribly (Santeria) but most of the time, watching how people worship Christ in their own customs is exhilarating.

  4. Agreed. I have never found a theocracy that did not rule with an iron hand and under its own whims. The founders knew what they were doing. I meant that I agree with the position that there are some social issues that have rights and wrongs.