Between 24/7 headlines and social media, news travels faster than ever before. Christians are much more aware of cultural and societal issues—even compared to a decade ago—because of the way information flows freely and rapidly.
Today, believers find themselves engaged in debates concerning gun control, religious liberties, abortion, the economy, immigration and threats to America, just to name a few—oftentimes even if they don't want to be.
The mission of the American Pastors Network's (APN) radio ministry, "Stand in the Gap Today," is to equip listeners with how to think about and respond to all these issues both biblically and constitutionally.
Now, APN and "Stand in the Gap" are offering a checklist of sorts so Christians can consider almost any issue of freedom by asking four questions.
"Recently on 'Stand in the Gap Today,' we've been discussing gun control from this framework, in light of the tragic shooting that took 17 lives at a Florida school," said APN President and radio host Sam Rohrer. "But in actuality, nearly any issue of freedom can be considered from the basic principles upon which our representative republic sits. If these considerations are not made, we will begin to lose our civil freedom, and it will not return. Decisions regarding freedom and liberty must be linked to eternal moral principles, linked to history and linked to reality."
To help Christians consider these issues from the viewpoint of what the Bible says, what the Constitution permits, what freedom requires and what justice demands, APN has created an infographic titled "Knowing Where to Stand on Today's Toughest Issues: A Dynamic 4-Step Approach to Evaluating Today's Most Challenging Issues:"
- What does the Bible say? If God explicitly says it, we obey (Deut. 30:15-19). If God is not explicit, we apply biblical principles. Example: God made mankind in His image and, therefore, all life is sacred. He mandates: Thou shalt not murder. This is explicit. Human life is sacred; therefore, abortion, euthanasia and other forms of murder violate God's law. Self-defense and protection of life is a logical extension into the issue of weapons and defense of innocent life.
- What does the Constitution permit? The Constitution complements the Bible, not vice versa. Established laws must conform to the Constitution that recognizes God created rights. Example: Self-defense is biblical and a natural right; therefore, the Second Amendment recognizes and guarantees this right.
- What does freedom require? The end result of accepting biblical truth is freedom. Freedom is the result but also the goal. The Declaration of Independence recognizes this right and the Constitution guarantees it: our right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Government's duty is to preserve these rights. Example: The Second Amendment, and protection of innocent lives of citizens and their property, is inherent with the immigration reform debate.
- What does justice demand? The primary purpose of government is to enact justice—to punish the evil doer and reward those who do good. The administration of justice must conform to biblical principles and constitutional law. Example: Undermining the Second Amendment or other rights by legislative action or by judicial activism, violates the very concept of enacting justice and fulfilling the primary purpose of government and constitutional law.
"I believe this framework and road map will permit any person, whether in office or a private citizen, to come to the right solution regarding a variety of challenging issues," Rohrer added, "providing that they, in fact, want to come to a conclusion that protects our Constitution and our freedom—that is the hinge pin."
Listen to the program on gun control where this four-step approach is discussed: "The Parkland Killings and Gun Control: Essential Considerations to Maintain Freedom."
"Stand in the Gap Today," which airs on 425 stations nationwide, can be heard live online from noon to 1 p.m. EST at American Pastors Network.com at the orange "Listen Live" button on the right-hand side of the web page; find a station here.
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