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FACT Report: Government Solutions to Heart Problems?

Last week’s news noted the 100th anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution, polls showing that millennials prefer communism to capitalism, and calls for stricter gun control laws in light of the Sutherland Springs massacre. The common thread is that each story reflects a government solution to a heart problem—in the one case, greed and corruption and in the other, people with a murderous heart.

While laws must curb evil, we must not fall into the trap of believing our problem is external to us—in the one case capitalism and free markets and in the other, the availability of guns.

Perhaps someday we will tire of government solutions that don’t work and consider the real nature of our problem—our rebellion against God and the rejection of His law—and look to Him for His solution.

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FACT Report: The Lawyer and the Layman

Recently, a lawyer deposed a county commissioner who has sued to have a court rule on whether the laws that allow him to solemnize a marriage are still valid. After all, two years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court held that laws restricting marriage to a man and a woman were invalid.

The highly trained lawyer was flummoxed by the fact the commissioner couldn’t understand that the U.S. Supreme Court had also held that same-sex couples had a right to marry. But what the untrained commissioner understands is that you can’t get a license without a law, and if our law is invalid, then there has to be some new law to authorize marriage licenses. The commissioner rightly knows what the lawyer has forgotten— judges can judge the law, but only legislators can make the law.

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FACT Report: The Reformation Needed in Our Generation

This week, Protestants mark the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. Both good and bad sprang from it, but one positive was the recovery of the Church’s understanding that Adam’s Fall affected everything, not just our personal lives, but also that which our lives produce—culture and civilization.

This doctrine has many implications, but one is that our problems are not due to some aspect of the created order, which God said was good, but to something alien to it—sin.

So, when certain political reform movements think simply changing our environment can solve our problems, they overlook the underlying evil that created the environment about which they complain—our sinfulness.

Another government program isn’t needed as much as a recognition of our sinfulness and a call to repentance. That’s the reform movement our generation needs.

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FACT Report: Roy Moore Echoes William Penn

Alabama Senate candidate Judge Roy Moore recently said, “This is an awful moment for our country. Should I keep back my opinions in such a time as this, I would consider myself guilty of treason toward my country and an act of disloyalty toward the majesty of heaven, which I revere above all earthly kings.”

Other politicians may believe that, but Moore said it—that there is a “majesty of heaven” to be revered and that he will not bow before any who would seek to ascend to that high place.

However, today we want our rulers to leave God out of their political thinking, but if that’s what we want, then we should remember what William Penn, the founder of Pennsylvania, said: “If we will not be governed by God, we must be governed by tyrants.”

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FACT Report: Is Pain or Life the Issue?

The recent debate surrounding the U.S. House of Representative’s vote in favor of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act was very telling, as was the act’s name. The name raises the question, “Is the Act good only because the child feels pain?”

In debating the act’s merits, we cannot allow its opponents to gloss over the fundamental issue: Are we talking about a human being? If pain is the only issue, then the bill becomes unnecessary if an anesthetic can be painlessly given to the unborn child prior to the abortion.

We must not lose sight of our real goal, a restoration of a biblical understanding that our humanness is rooted in having been made in God’s image; that alone can stand at all points in opposition to the various reasons given for abortion by those who support it.

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