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FACT Report: What Is Causing Such Civil Unrest?

With the escalation of violent protests, culminating in last week’s shooting of Congressman Steve Scalise, many are wondering what is going on. But it shouldn’t surprise us. In 1921, theologian A.W. Pink said, “in the decay and disappearing of parental authority we have the certain precursor of the abolition of civil authority.”

Undermining God’s design for the family and the authority structures therein destroys the “educational” system in which children first learn about authority. If lawlessness and irreverence are learned in the home, then children will bring those attitudes with them into the public square.

But the family is being destroyed because, in Pink’s words, society no longer recognizes “the authority and sovereignty of the Almighty Law-giver.” When we once again recognize that every exercise of human authority must first bow before God, then things may begin to improve.

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FACT Report: When Personality and Piety Aren’t Enough

Tennesseans are already being asked to support various gubernatorial candidates. So, it’s not too early to ask, “What should we be looking for in a governor?”

Many will support a candidate simply because they like that person. And many Christians will support a candidate because he or she would make a great elder, deacon or Bible study leader.

But the next governor will face unprecedented moral issues and threats to our very form of government. Personality and piety are not going to be enough.

Does the candidate you’re supporting have a biblical view of government and law and understand how our constitutional form of government is supposed to work?

If not, you may be supporting a nice, moral candidate who has no clue what civil government should do about the moral and constitutional issues he or she will face.

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FACT Report: Challenge to Supreme Court’s Authority Goes Forward

Last week a Tennessee judge ruled that a lawsuit by a Bradley County minister and County Commissioner could go forward. That’s great news because it means there is at least one judge in Tennessee who is willing to follow the law, even if it means he will have to make a controversial decision. And make no mistake; this case is controversial.

The plaintiffs have challenged the prevailing notion that the Supreme Court’s same-sex “marriage” decision somehow constitutionally and legally changed the provisions of Tennessee’s marriage license law. They point out that while the Court can hold a law unconstitutional, it has no authority to “amend” a law to “fix” any unconstitutional language in it.

Who knows what will eventually happen, but at least their challenge to the extent of the Supreme Court’s authority will get its day in court.

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FACT Report: Government-Granted Liberty?

Recently, four married lesbian couples sued the state of Tennessee. One of the spouses in each marriage is pregnant and they are arguing that their constitutional right to liberty is being denied if the state does not issue them a birth certificate recognizing both of them as “mothers.”

But think about that for a moment. Since when did liberty morph into a right to government action? And what kind of liberty is it that depends on a status granted by government? True liberty is endowed by our Creator, not granted by the government. And true liberty is freedom from government action, not a right to government action.

If we forget this, then we may have to relearn the hard way that a government that grants our liberty is a government that is at liberty to take it away

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FACT Report: A Right to Health Care

Miss USA’s comment the other week that health care was not a right provoked the ire of many. That’s understandable. It can be scary to face an illness, particularly an expensive one, when there’s no insurance to help cover the cost.

But where does that right come from?

Historically, rights did not come from government itself. Rather, rights—real rights—were rights that the government only recognized and could not interfere with. The right was more a right to be free from government action, not a right to government action.

Today, though, we are moving toward a belief that rights are granted by the government. That may get some what they want today, but those who ground their rights in government rather than God need to remember that tomorrow that same government can take those rights away.

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