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Realizing the presence, promise, and power of the Kingdom of God.

T.M. Moore

T. M. Moore is principal of The Fellowship of Ailbe, a spiritual fellowship in the Celtic Christian tradition. He and his wife, Susie, make their home in the Champlain Valley of Vermont.
Books by T. M. Moore

The Divine Economy

October 24, 2011

The Divine Economy


October 19, 2011

Today, how will you express the restoration Jesus has brought into your life?

All Kinds of Evil

October 18, 2011

What else do we know that we should be sharing with our neighbors, but aren’t?

The Law of God and Public Policy: The Good Society (7)

A Truthful Society

October 22, 2011

The Law of God and Public Policy: The Good Society (6)

The Law of God and Public Policy: The Good Society (5)

Government must not impede the progress of the Gospel.

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. 1 Timothy 2.1-4

Christians must work to ensure that the government which serves them remains friendly to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. There are grounds for civil disobedience toward any government which would hinder the preaching of the Gospel. God’s desire is for all to be saved; they will not all be saved, of course. But public policy must not be the reason for that. Government must not be a hindrance to anyone hearing the Good News.

The “doctrine” of the separation of Church and State has been wielded by the enemies of the faith to achieve laws which have the effect of “roping off” large sectors of society against the preaching of the Gospel. The public schools and the public square have been all but cut off from the input of Biblical thinking. Christians may teach and write and preach all they like about the Scriptures. But they may not do so wherever they like. Some constraints against preaching are reasonable. People who have paid money to hear a concert should not expect to have their program interrupted by a Gospel harangue. Owners of businesses certainly have a right to determine what kind of behavior they will tolerate on the sidewalks and in the parking lots of their establishments, and may exclude any form of solicitation which they find disagreeable to their purposes or interests.

But these are matters of personal or corporate policy, not public policy. It is in the interest of any society for as many of its members as possible to know the Lord Jesus and to learn His Word and walk in His ways. Government must protect the right of Christians to gather for worship and other activities. It must also protect the right of believers to talk about their faith with as much zeal as one might discuss a favorite team or a new restaurant.

When public policy begins to encroach on the Christian’s freedom and duty to proclaim the Good News, the believer must continue his mission nonetheless, and be ready to bear whatever punishments the State may choose to inflict. Christians do not seek suffering, but they must not shun it, particularly when by their suffering they are able to augur for public policies more in line with the centrality of the Gospel for the wellbeing of humankind.

Subscribe to Crosfigell, the devotional newsletter of The Fellowship of Ailbe. Sent to your desktop every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, Crosfigell includes a devotional based on the literature of the Celtic Christian period and the Word of God, highlights of other columns at the website, and information about mentoring and online courses available through The Fellowship.

The Law of God and Public Policy: The Good Society (4)

Godly Lives

October 19, 2011

The Law of God and Public Policy: The Good Society (3)

Peaceful and Quiet

October 18, 2011

The Law of God and Public Policy: The Good Society (2)

Just and Good

October 17, 2011

The Law of God and Public Policy: The Good Society (1)

False Virtues

October 14, 2011

Is your Christian life real?

According to Rule

October 12, 2011

Believer! This King loves you!

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