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Off to the Races

Early voting starts Friday for the August 2nd election. Sadly, too many voters skip this election cycle, waiting until the November election to cast their ballot. This is a terrible mistake.

Beginning this Friday and running through July 28, voters will decide who will run their local county government. These officials decide important things like property tax issues, school funding, and zoning matters. They’ll run the local jail and dispense justice at the courthouse.

But at the state level, where most legislative districts are drawn to ensure only a Democrat can win or only a Republican can win, the odds are your state legislator will be decided by August.

And with contested Democratic and Republican primaries for governor, why let other people limit who you can vote for in November?

So, make sure you vote this election cycle.

Check out TNVoterGuide.org for election resources

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Thy Liberty in Law

This week, as we celebrate our independence from England, we would do well to consider the oft-forgotten last stanza of “America the Beautiful”:

America, America, God mend thine every flaw,
Confirm thy soul in self-control, Thy liberty in law.

What the context makes clear is that liberty does not mean doing whatever we like; it is a liberty bound by law.

But the context also makes it clear that the law that binds our liberty must be understood in relationship to God. In other words, liberty must be within the bounds of God’s law because any other source of law would not produce self-control—we would just change the “law” to suit the degree of self-control we are willing to tolerate.

So, as we celebrate our liberty, let’s remember that real liberty and God’s law go hand in hand.

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What’s So Great About Human Autonomy?

Many secular conservatives think returning to a belief in a sovereign God would be like returning to the dark ages. But let’s consider the facts.

Christianity, like all other belief systems, had to mature as Christians came to better understand the Scriptures. Then they had to mature in their understanding of how the Scriptures applied to our constantly changing world.

No doubt, Christians have zigged and zagged during this process and even made some horrible mistakes.

But don’t forget that belief in human autonomy and human reason has a history, too. It produced leaders like Stalin and Mao Zedong, who killed millions in applying their god-less philosophies.

So, it’s not that building a culture on a belief in a sovereign God has been tried and found wanting; it’s been found contrary to our desire for autonomy and rejected.

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Help in Ages Past, Hope for Years to Come

Given humanism’s grip on our culture, is calling people back to a belief in the sovereignty of God not an implied rejection of the many improvements made over the last hundred years or an abandonment of the possibility for future progress?

Absolutely not! Correlation between our embrace of humanism and progress does not prove causation. If God is sovereign, then that progress was because of God’s good providence, even if He used human activity to bring it about.

Abandoning humanism does not lead a Christian to long for the past or give up on the future, because our gratitude for the past and our expectation for the future rests not in man, but in the sovereignty of God, whose goodness is manifest in His salvation and who is moving things forward to a glorious end that He has appointed.

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Will We Accept the Cure for What Ails Us?

As American culture continues to die, some conservatives believe we need to emphasize more the Enlightenment’s principles of human autonomy and reason while others say those principles, by themselves, will continue our deathly trajectory.

This latter group believes the Enlightenment’s principles succeeded because other things were also at work—a generally agreed-upon moral code, intact families, and strong private associations.

Consequently, they believe those conditions must return if our decline is to stop and progress is to continue. However, those conditions weren’t due to human achievement. They were the product of belief in the sovereign God of the Bible, spread through the Reformation that preceded the Enlightenment.

What Enlightenment thinkers want is continued progress but without God. Yes, life apart from God is certain death. Acknowledging the sovereign God is not a cure Enlightenment thinkers will swallow.

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