Wednesday, September 26, 2012

An Inerrant Constitution, or the Ordination of Patriotism

PRELUDE

In essence, I doubt it. I do not doubt the sincerity of evangelicals who view the constitution in such "biblicist" terms. I do, however, doubt the necessity of thinking the constitution is binding and universal.

GOVERNMENTAL OPENNESS

A problem with this is that it holds back change. I don't think it does so in regards to caving into post-modernism or liberalism, as some conservatives (like myself) have little reason to maintain a tradition is the tradition is indeed incorrect. Instead, I think the truly Christian thing to do (and I'm not trying to colonize the word) is to constantly be open. An example would be Genesis, and how we interpret such a mythic book.

THE ORDINATION OF PATRIOTISM

Though the fervor is dwindling, many evangelicals have made the allegiance one has to the bible on par with one's politics. Many modern thinkers such as Greg Boyd and Kurt Willem have provocatively made points about violence, atonement and the pursuit of the Kingdom of God. Though some have gone too far in the opposite direction (see The Christian Left on facebook), the equalization of God and political parties leaves much to be desired.

We have, essentially, colonized the Bible in our pursuit of staying true to the Bible. Not only that, we have the Patriot's Bible coming out, a truly remarkable entity in America. This leads to something that has been bothering me for a long time:

What are we allowed to "change?" Or, less provocatively, what are we allowed to reconsider? I know many evangelicals are quick to cry foul when the President wants to institute a constitutional amendment for universal healthcare, but are very quick to jump on board supporting the marriage amendment act. My thought is that if something is wrong, then adding an amendment such as Amendment 13 is not only justified but is also biblical. This is something that should be pursued.

But do we do it through the constitution, or through loving actions in slums and soup kitchens?

I'll confess, I don't know the answer.

REDEMPTIVE-POLITICAL HERMENEUTICS

Simply put, can we move beyond the constitution of the United States? Do we re-evaluate the constitution in light of modern times and modern evidence?

This section requires more brainpower, but in a nutshell, the constitution has planted the seedlings we need to allow for slow and respectful progress towards a universal goal, and that is bringing about the Kingdom of God.

Still thinking.

--Nick

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