The Gospel and the Police State

“We have to remind ourselves – just because we can do something doesn’t mean we should do it.” – Philadelphia Chief of Police

If we become a fear based culture, anything done in the name of keeping us “safe” will be impossible to argue against.  It is not the libertarian cry of “losing our freedoms” that should motivate the Christian living in a progressively intrusive state – the Christian should be motivated by rejecting fear as a motive for their actions.  Those who believe the gospel should not be persuaded to act based upon fear-mongering.  This includes the way we raise our children in our homes and the way we vote in the voter’s booth.

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Watching Being Watched

Evidently police don’t like being video taped while doing their jobs.  This story out of Lancaster, PA is just one of many I’ve seen in the past few years. I get it.  I don’t particularly like the idea of being video taped while I’m doing my job.  How hard would it be to account for every moment?  Every act?  I know some Christians think it is somehow useful to think of themselves as being watched by God at all times so they will behave or not misbehave or whatever.  I’m not sure I want to live that way.  I’d rather think about God watching my like I watch my children playing.  After all the gospel is the end of the law for those who believe.  I’m not trying to draw within the lines so that God keeps smiling am I?  I want to play like a guy that God showed his full love towards on the cross.  He is pleased with me.  Go ahead and video me.  Its all good.color-outside-the-lines