Tithes, taxes and the Children of God

Should Christians “Tithe?” This was our starter question at Sunday Night Church yesterday. We talked about how we often associate tithing with prosperity teaching. You may have heard a TV evangelist saying that if you pay your tithe (to him of course) then you will be blessed and if you don’t then you will suffer.

However, we didn’t just want to engage with Prosperity teaching. You see, a lot of Christians will talk about tithing as a requirement not because they want to get rich but because they want to obey God’s Word. We want to consider the strongest form of the argument not the weakest. The strongest form of the argument is that Tithing is a law laid down in the Torah and never rescinded by Jesus. Continue reading

Politics and Government – What is the Christian’s role?

So, if we are not meant to simply apply the Old Testament Laws that applied to the Nation of Israel to modern day states, what is the interaction between Church and State, Christians and politics, the Bible and Government. Continue reading

“We want a Government that obeys God’s Law…” Okay, but what does that actually mean?

In our last article, we saw that some Christians believe that the State should seek to enact God’s Law. We saw that this particularly describes Theonomists who would like to see the Old Testament penal codes enforced. We also saw that “Jubilee” campaigns have their roots in what the Old Testament teaches about care for the poor, stewardship of the land and debt relief and cancellation.  But also, there will be times when some of us simply express the wish that the Government would abandon self-interest and human ideology, turning instead to God and honouring his ways.

The challenge I raised against this outlook was that this raises questions about how God’s Law applies today. Continue reading

What type of State?

I’m writing these articles about Public Theology in the context of a General Election and that should act as a cautionary reminder. Our Public Theology is likely to be affected by our context. Here we are talking about the role of the state, where its boundaries are and whether it is benign or evil in the context of a modern, western democracy.

Would our view of the State be the same if we were living in Nazi Germany under a tyrannical dictator? What about if we were living in an Islamic theocracy like Iran (it is possible that some readers are)?  When Samuel Rutherford wrote Lex Rex, he was assuming that his readers would be living in a Christian state where the rulers and wider society where at least nominally Christian.  His assumption was that the State was benign but that its role was limited. Continue reading

The State we are in

We are thinking about the different worldviews and ideologies that underpin different political approaches and how Christians should engage with them.  One important factor to consider is our attitude to the State. Continue reading

Going Public – How we think Biblically about politics elections and public life

During the General Election Campaign, we’re going to include a few articles to do with “Public Theology.”

Public Theology is about how we apply what we believe about God, Creation, Humanity and New Creation to public life. This includes questions about Continue reading