The Supreme Court has recently deemed the controversial Affordable Care Act, more commonly known as ObamaCare, as constitutional.
In your powerful Report "How The American Church Paved The Way To ObamaCare," you have responded with a challenging call to the church. Can you share with our readers your thoughts on how the Church allowed, or rather paved the way, for this to come to pass?
The modern church has become obsessed with what I will call, “creativity.” This is exactly what the court bowed to by passing Obama Care. By legislating a tax for those who refuse to buy the government health care system, the court decided that creativity trumped faithfulness to the constitution. So, in the same way, the modern church would rather be hip, modern and relevant than faithful to scripture. Instead of looking at scripture as her all sufficient guide, she has decided that culture is sufficient; creative leaders are sufficient; pragmatism is sufficient. In the modern church, we have replaced the reading of scripture with video clips; preaching with entertainment; the role of fathers as primary teachers with education programs. We have set aside the Word of God for the sake of our own agendas. This is exactly what the Supreme Court did with Obama Care.
In your pointed Report, you offer encouragement and hope as well. Can you share with our readers why it is you are hopeful that the church is waking up to their spiritual calling to care for the poor, orphans, and widows?
I am associated with around 800 churches which have embraced the idea that scripture is sufficient for church and family life. This idea, is the seed of all reformation. These churches have signed a confession that appeals to this principle, “A Confession for Uniting Church and Family.” They have agreed with the confession that the church should follow scripture alone in these areas. Here is the statement they have agreed to,
I am hopeful because when God’s people humbly trust in Him and order their lives under His authority, they will be blessed. Moses made this clear in Deuteronomy 4:30, “You shall therefore keep His statutes and His commandments which I command you today, that it may go well with you and with your children after you, and that you may prolong your days in the land which the Lord your God is giving you for all time." This blessing falls upon the people of God when they are satisfied in the Word of God for their answers. It is so important that we not add or subtract from the words of scripture in our lives, “You shall not add to the word which I command you, nor take from it, that you may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you.”(Deuteronomy 4:2)
What do you think a Revival of love and a doing of the Word, would mean for our land, and specifically the laws that are passed?
Revival always brings blessing to the land. It means that husbands and wives are walking in His ways; children are honoring their parents and are finding the success that is promised. Churches are filled up with the knowledge of God and walking in the simplicity of His ways. When God’s people humbly follow Him, whole nations are blessed. This principle is clearly communicated in Deuteronomy 5:33, “You shall walk in all the ways which the Lord your God has commanded you, that you may live and that it may be well with you, and that you may prolong your days in the land which you shall possess.”
It means that the gospel is demonstrated before the watching world like never before. The church and the family are the primary means of spreading the gospel. It means that husbands and wives… It means that fathers and mothers are fulfilling their biblically defined roles; children are functioning
You wrote about a call for the Reformation of the church and home? Would you explain for our readers exactly what "Reformation" means when in regards to today's church practice and family life?
Reformation is simply a return to God’s ways. It happens when people renounce doing “what is right in their own eyes” and turn their hearts to God for direction. So,the Word and the Spirit of God are the tools of reformation. When there is a reformation of biblical church and family life, it means that these institutions are being reformed by God rather than being conformed to the world. In a true reformation you will see new kinds of families and new kinds of churches in the sense that they pattern themselves after scripture not the surrounding culture.
At the Homeschool Channel, our readers are primarily Christian moms and dads, seeking to train their families in service to the Lord. Are we "safe," so to speak, from the challenges to the Church your Report raises? Or, is this challenge one we can heed as well?
No, I do not believe that homeschool moms and dads are “safe” from the challenges of the kind of pragmatism that we saw in the ruling on Obama Care. The homeschool movement must understand the importance of the doctrine of the sufficiency of scripture. Without scripture as our anchor, for all of life, we are destined to be tossed about by every wind of doctrine. This is how the homeschool movement can easily turn to paganism. If people in the homeschool movement think that it is acceptable for every man to do what is right in his own eyes, they will be doomed to the same kind of disorder that we saw in the supreme court where they were unable to uphold simple established principles.
I do however, view the homeschool movement as a revival movement. It has rejected the statist approach of education for a biblical approach. It represents people who are thinking biblically about education. They are saying, “the bible makes it clear that the family is in charge of education.” People, for the first time in many decades are taking the biblical shape of education seriously. This is the essence of revival.
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Scott T. Brown is a pastor at Hope Baptist Church and the director of The National Center for Family-Integrated Churches, spending his time as an expository preacher and helping people think through the two greatest institutions God has provided — the church and the family. Scott graduated from California State University in Fullerton with a degree in History and received a Master of Divinity degree from Talbot School of Theology.
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