Author Archives: Brad Hughes

The Judeo-Christian Worldview and Economics

 
 Socialism embodies a lust for power based upon the deceit by man of man. Capitalism embodies a lust for wealth based upon the service by man to fellow man. Socialism concentrates power and wealth for a few. Capitalism diffuses power and wealth for many. These two opposing systems hold the promise of blessings or curses to the nation that adopts them. It is the imperative of ethics (oughtness) rather than the indicative of morality (what is practiced) that elevates the fate of a nation. A nation can not expect good if it is not itself good. The choice between capitalism and socialism is an ethical one.

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The Judeo-Christian worldview and American politics

No other worldview has had as material an impact on America and her politics as the Judeo-Christian worldview. The land that became known as the United States of America was called America long before there was a declaration of Independence.[1] The Bible tells us in Isaiah 33:22 that government should be made up of three branches, a lawgiver, a judge, and a king. This corresponds to a legislature (Congress), a judiciary (Supreme Court), and an executive (President).The primary purpose of such a government is to administer God’s justice on the earth to protect the innocent and punish the wicked. The rule of justice protects property, family, and society while preserving freedom for man who was made in the image of God. It recognizes that man is in a fallen state (sin) and that order is necessary to sustain life. The government is just one of the three primary institutions (along with the family and the church) that God established for society.

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Not so fast on ‘judge not’

(Centennial Fellow) “Judge not, that ye be not judged.” The tolerance movement in our secular culture screams this biblical passage (Matt: 7:1) to silence Christians from expressing their biblical judgment in opposition to the moral relativism of the American culture. This has become the clarion call of the millennial generation, the most unchurched cohort in America.[1] The resulting silence has helped usher in Continue reading

What ails American Christians? Another view

Editor: After we reprinted the Rod Dreher article, “Sex After Christianity,” Centennial Fellow Brad Hughes offered this penetrating analysis of the same problem—the hollowing out of the church in the USA—from a different angle.

It is secularism, not sexuality, that has seduced the saints and threatens to destroy America from within. America is following the path already traveled by Europe, the bastion of secularism. Continue reading

Poll: Same–sex marriage gaining among Coloradans

(Centennial Fellow) Over 55% of Colorado adults support the concept of same sex marriage according to a new survey conducted by SmartVoice, Inc. The survey was conducted after Colorado governor John Hickenlooper signed Colorado Senate Bill 11 into law on March 21, 2013 permitting same sex civil unions.

The views about same sex marriage within the adult population in Colorado have changed considerably in the recent past. Proponents of same sex marriage in Colorado, although emboldened with changing popular opinion and a new civil unions law, still face a state constitutional provision that prohibits same sex marriage in Colorado. Continue reading

Poll: Religious freedom increasingly threatened

(Centennial Fellow) Some 60% of Coloradans now feel their religious freedom is being threatened by the prevailing political and cultural forces in America over the past 20 years, according to a new survey done by the Centennial Institute.

These fears have intensified with recent events, including the federal government mandate for many religious organizations (who provide health insurance plans) to include contraception, abortion–inducing drugs, and sterilization coverage for their employees. Hobby Lobby, a Christian–based arts and crafts company, faces a daily $1.2 million fine for non–compliance with the same requirement. Labor unions have been disproportionately granted Obamacare waivers arousing concerns about fairness and religious freedom in the minds of the American public. Continue reading

Collision of worldviews portends a stormy future

(Centennial Fellow) The recent US presidential election embraced secularism as the favored worldview in America. The “melting pot” of traditional America is now being replaced with an advanced model of multiculturalism. Multiculturalism is characterized by the cultural and moral relativism of the secular worldview. Secularism has been firmly established in Europe for many years. European secularism has yielded lower birth rates, lower economic growth, higher government presence in the economy and culture, reduced church attendance, increased tensions regarding religious freedom, and a growing sense that European failures of secularism bode poorly for the prospects of the continent. Continue reading