I’m Sorry, I Can’t Do That…

Written by Scott

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I’ve some some interesting conversations this week on Facebook. While I tend to be a fairly quiet and reserved person most of the time, but I do in fact have opinions, and while I may be quiet and reserved, I am not a doormat.

One discussion was because of a political group I joined on Facebook. There’s a growing movement in the country with several states actively pushing back against the federal government to help restore the balance of rights between the states and federal governments as outlined in the 10th Amendment of the Constitution. One response not only equated these sovereignty movements with secessionist movements, but also then assailed my standing as a
Christian, saying supporting such a thing is neither wise nor godly.

Further inquiry showed that this person believes we are called not just to pray for our leaders, but basically also trust them, because God is in control. And while I do believe that last part, I also pointed out that God works through His people to bring change, and to illustrate, I pulled the race card. My responder is African-American, and I illustrated my point by writing that if Christians we called only to trust and pray, that we would still be in segregation–or worse.

The other discussion has been on an article I posted about the autism-vaccine link. There was recently a very prominent court case in which a judge declared that there was no link, but this article spoke about a little-spoken case involving the secretive courts of the VAERS program, which has paid out billions and billions of dollars quietly to families who were directly affected by vaccinations. Some of the reaction (and it was an interesting spectrum) basically implied that because the public case said there was no link, and the government has pushed vaccines for so long, that we should trust them, because they must be safe.

I do believe that we are called to pray for our leaders, but I also know that God works through people. I believe that while we are to be subject to the laws of the land, we can also take full advantage of that very system to change the system, playing by the rules, so to speak. What I do not believe in is a trust that is blind–whether we talk about faith or politics or any other subject. To do so is not only unwise, but dangerous. I’m sorry, I can’t do that.