So What's This All About?

In case you didn't know, I'm in the multi-year-long process of posting a Christian devotional at the TAWG Blog. The TAWG Blog is, and always will be, mostly apolitical. For the most part, Bible-believing Christians will find little to disagree with there. But I also firmly believe that God's word can--and should--inform everything in life, and this should include politics and popular culture. How should we vote? How should we respond to hot topics such as abortion, capital punishment, taxes, and other issues? Which party, if either, is closer to the Biblical ideal? Tony Campolo and Ron Sider, Evangelicals whose political leanings are on the Left, have made the case in several of their writings that God wants his followers to vote politically on the Left more than on the Right. At times, some of them have gone so far as to equate voting on the Left with obedience to Christ, either subtly or not-so-subtly contending that the converse is true as well: If you vote Republican, you're sinning against the Savior.
I don't agree. I think that to the degree they actually resort to the Bible, they're misinterpreting it. With a whole bunch of caveats, I think politically conservative positions are a lot more compatible with the Scriptures than the Leftist positions.
Just to clarify, I would never accuse people who disagree with me--especially siblings in Christ--of what they accuse me of. I don't judge my own heart, much less anyone else's, and I don't equate political disagreement with theological fidelity to God. I have no reason to doubt their love for the Lord and "for the least of these," but I believe that they're sincerely wrong.
So there are two main purposes for this blog. One is to make a case for my political beliefs based on Scripture. The other is a bit more vague, basically to work out my political beliefs and figure out what's based on Scripture and what's based on my own biases. I certainly don't have all the answers. Some of this stuff I'm still figuring out. And I'm certainly open to correction. As long as you make your case civilly and based on Scripture, feel free to make a comment, and I promise I'll post it and consider your arguments thoughtfully and prayerfully. Who knows? Maybe we'll learn a little something from each other.
May God bless our common striving together towards both the "little t" truth and "Big T" Truth. Our watchword here is a line from C. S. Lewis's The Last Battle: "Further up and further in!"

P.S. -- Below on the left is "Topics I've Covered" which lists everything I've posted topically. It's come to my attention that some people would like to see everything just listed for them. If that's you, you can get it here. Thanks to my friend Stephen Young for the tip!

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Parliament Repeals the Stamp Act

From Bill Bennett's American Patriot's Almanac:

“No taxation without representation!”

That was the angry cry of American colonists when the British Parliament passed laws requiring them to pay new taxes. Britain had spent a great deal of money to protect the colonies, especially during the French and Indian War. In Parliament’s view, the colonists should help pay for that defense. The colonists took a different view. They were used to being taxed by their own assemblies, but they had no representatives in distant Parliament. As they saw it, they were being taxed without their consent.

They especially hated the 1765 Stamp Act. It said that most printed materials – licenses, contracts, wills, newspapers, pamphlets, almanacs, even playing cards – must bear an official stamp, which the colonists had to buy. The act inflamed the colonies. Riots broke out. Mobs attacked the homes of royal tax officials.

Young Patrick Henry rose to speak in the Virginia House of Burgesses. “Caesar had his Brutus, Charles the First his Cromwell,” he said, citing two famous rulers whose actions had led to their own deaths, “and George the Third -” Some members were shocked. “Treason!” they shouted. Henry continued: “. . . and George the Third may profit from their example. If this be treason, make the most of it!”

Stunned by the furious response, Parliament repealed the Stamp Act on March 18, 1766. But the crisis had made Americans acutely aware of their rights. As John Adams wrote, the people were “more attentive to their liberties, more inquisitive about them, and more determined to defend them.”

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