(TMC) @Watcher So if your Governor General started making legislative decrees, in clear violation of your Constitution, you would not complain, and any who did would be in sin?
God does not give unlimited power to any man- not to a Father, Pastor, or Civil Ruler. If a Father cruelly abuses his son, does the son have the right to defend himself and seek redress and safety? Or would that be a sinful violation of the flat commands to honor and obey oneâs parents?
(TMC) @Watcher It is not the law that is rotten- we have elected officials going rouge and discarding our laws. I donât believe that aiding and abetting treasonous usurpation is in line with Romans 13.
(TMC) I think what MacArthur is doing here is right. (Now, they probably should have gone ahead with the masks and social distancing, but thatâs IMO.)
The situation in California is particularly egregious- it is against the executive orders for Christians to even hold small home Bible studies. And at the exact same time Churches were told not to sing, and given attendance caps lower than other public places, the Governor announced that there would be no restrictions whatsoever on mass BLM protests. The Executive Orders in most states are on shaky legal ground to begin with- but targeting Churches while specifically exempting other particular groups, is absolutely 100% illegal under the US Constitution. So who is really in violation of Romans 13, when elected officials are violating the Law of the Land that they swore before God and us to uphold?
(TMC). I â€ïž Hillsdale!! And, yes, in every controlled study cloth masks are virtually useless. Especially my super thin knit one that doesnât make me almost pass out when I wear it. But it satisfies the Local Tyrants and Snitches.
(TMC) The problem with many Social Media platforms is that they want to have their cake and eat it too. They claim to be a free speech platform, which exempts them from any journalistic legal consequences. Then they censor content claiming that they have editorial authority on their platforms!
Either your product is an edited publication (like the letters to the editor section) or it your product is an un-edited platform (like a public forum). You canât be both!
(TMC) According to the CDC while the cases are going up (and the testing has gone up) Covid hospitalizations have been consistently dropping across the country. Coronaviruses mutate more frequently then Influenzas and tend to become less dangerous in short order, which seems to be the case here given the data.
(TMC) Soo... since Jim so adamantly believes that banning the murder of pre-born children would be inappropriately imposing our morality on others, I wonder how he views those Christians who fought to âimpose their moralityâ on others regarding subjects like slavery and civil rights?
I find it so hard to wrap my head around the logic that rightly says itâs evil to make someone else work for your convenience, but then turns, shrugs, and says that ripping someone apart, piece by piece for your convenience is just a âpersonalâ decision!â đ€Ż
(TMC) @B.McCausland Iâd say the differences between our cultures are more than slight. We are separated culturally by over 400 years. Legally by over 200. One is (or at least has been) a highly stratified society of âbettersâ and âinferiorsâ. In the other, upon reaching adulthood, we are a society of peers, with due respect given to offices, more than office holders. So when you accuse someone of âinsolenceâ you arenât accusing them of a âcheekyâ violation of common curtesy- you are proclaiming that you are their authority! Do you think you are US and Dr. Timâs âbetterâ?
As for âFrowardâ (or âContraryâ per the Dictionary) - The premise of every debate is a disagreement. You come across as rather conceited when you dismiss those who honestly disagree with you as simply being âFrowardâ and their counter-points to your points as âRailingâ (scorning with abusive language). You seem unable to handle disagreement.
Finally, it seems that US could do or say anything and you would find it offensive- that you have determined there is always a hidden insult somewhere- even when heâs not addressing you!
Add this all up, and (at least from an American perspective) one is tempted to say with Job: â No doubt but you are the people, and wisdom will die with you.â
(TMC) I highly suspect that the majority of the misunderstandings and offense between the Brits and us Americans is perception of tone and differences in culture. A very large portion of our language is conveyed by tone and gesture- those canât be used on this site.
To an American, terms like âInsolentâ and âImpertinentâ are degrading and demeaning, implying that one is at the level of a child who has sassed someone in authority over them. To hear it from oneâs peer produces a rather strong urge to bring them down a peg or two. Perhaps these words are used differently in the UK?
(TMC) âThey will fight against anyone through whom God is trying to bring them home.â
If God was âtryingâ to bring someone home, theyâd be home! He never says âOh, didnât see that coming!â be it life saving medical care or lawful use of a weapon against someone per Genesis 9:6. If some guy named Jack can mess up Godâs plans; then God isnât God.
It may be worthwhile to study the Covenanters, Huguenots, Dutch, and others throughout Church History who had to grapple with these kinds of issues, rather than re-invent the wheel theologically.