Obama's Social Contract
Freedom and equality sound beautiful to the Christian's ears. After all, Christ proclaimed freedom for the captives (Luke 4:18, quoted from Isa. 61:1). The apostle Paul tells us, "For freedom Christ has set you free" (Gal. 5:1). Jesus elevated the downtrodden in his parables and actions. Paul taught the good news that in Christ, all slave and free, Greek and Jew, male and female may be justified before God, if they believe (Gal. 3:28).
Yet it seems America's national creed, as understood by many today, stops here. The gospel goes much further. More than equality, the gospel means self-sacrifice. Consistent with Jesus' message, Paul warns believers not to, "use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself'" (Gal. 5:13-14).
This Christian gospel is implicit in the very social contract that Obama references. In return for order and protection, citizens cede some liberties, especially if exercising these liberties will infringe on fellow citizens.
Abortion reveals the failure of the social contract when we abandon desperate people to tragic choices as Obama states but also when we tolerate the destruction of innocent children
Verse for the Fortnight
"The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me,
because the LORD has anointed me
to preach good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim freedom for the captives
and release from darkness for the prisoners."
Collin Hansen is a CT editor-at-large. He is the author of Young, Restless, Reformed: A Journalist's Journey with the New Calvinists (Crossway, 2008).
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