Prayer Targets: ‘Social Justice'; Obamacare; First Amendment Defense; HERO; Fed Transgender Tyranny

You shall do no injustice in judgment. You shall not be partial to the poor, nor honor the person of the mighty. In righteousness you shall judge your neighbor. Leviticus 19:15 (NKJV)

Dr. E. Calvin Beisner is a founder and national spokesman for the Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation. After studying at the University of Southern California, International College, Los Angeles, and the University of St. Andrews, Fife, Scotland (Ph.D.), Beisner taught at Covenant College and Knox Theological Seminary. Minister, teacher and author, Dr. Beisner has served as a Presbyterian elder (PCA and OPC) (see full bio). These edited excerpts are from his biblical worldview abstract on “Social Justice.” 

Why does the Bible speak so much of doing justice for the poor? Scripture forbids partiality either in favor of or against the poor (Ex 23:3, 6; Lev 19:15). Yet, it also frequently associates help for the poor with justice (Ps 72:2, 4; 82:3; 140:12; Pr 29:14; 31:9). Why? Because the poor are particularly vulnerable to injustice in ways others aren’t… Many Hebrew words translated “poor” often emphasize not material destitution but vulnerability to oppression… We should administer justice for rich and poor alike… but focus on justice for the poor because they are so often victims of injustice… We are to exercise charity, or grace, toward them simply because they are poor.

While justice, then, is never partial to the poor (Ex 23:3), it recognizes that the poor are often vulnerable to injustice. Justice is therefore particularly apt to come to their aid in vindication, justification, or salvation from oppressors (see also Ps 140:12; Pr 29:7, 14; 31:9; Ecc 5:8; Is 3:14; 10:2; 11:4; 32:7; Jer 5:28; 22:16; Eze 18:17; Amos 5:12).

But aren’t we supposed to help the poor? Does this make it wrong to try to mitigate inequalities? No. It only makes it wrong to try to do so through force of government. Voluntary efforts are good and do no injustice. The reason for this distinction is that what is voluntary is a matter of grace (charity), not of justice. The Bible clearly teaches that we should “remember the poor” (Gal 2:10) and share with those who are in need (Dt 15:7–11; Eph 4:28).

But what the Bible never does is put responsibility for charity into the hands of the civil government. While it prescribes civil penalties for murder, adultery, theft, and false witness, it never hints at civil penalties for failure to give to the poor. Why? Because God ordained the state to dispense justice, and the church to dispense grace (Jn 1:17)… Granting unearned benefits… is not justice. When the state—the legal monopoly of force—gives benefits to some as “rights,” it must take them, by force if necessary, from others. Such a forceful removal violates their rights.

This distinction is fundamental to the gospel. Blurring it undermines the gospel. If care for the needy is made a matter of justice, then grace becomes law. Then, the needy—or those who merely profess to be needy—may claim the benefits of grace as their due justice. They look to the state for enforcement… leading to stultifying effects of wealth redistribution via the coercive power of the state. It blinds the poor to their deepest need: the grace of God through the gospel of Jesus Christ.

When God commands justice, we are to do justice, and the state is to enforce it. When He commands grace, we are to exercise grace. But it is precisely because grace is not justice, and because God ordained the state to enforce justice, but never to enforce grace. Indeed, “forced grace”—the real meaning of Progressive “social justice”—is a contradiction in terms. (See Beisner, Social Justice: How Good Intentions Undermine Justice and Gospel; Download free at FRC; read Rob Schwarzwalder’s introductory Blog).

ObamaCare Disaster – The third “open enrollment period” for ObamaCare is underway. It is estimated that half of those who enrolled last year will stick with the program despite premium increases as much as 60%. And though enrollments are down, they are bolstered by the fact that fines for not having health insurance that complies with the “Affordable Care Act” have increased this year to $695 per each household adult and $347.50 per child under 18, a maximum for any one household is $2,085 – the fine payable with your tax return. If you fail to pay, the IRS will deduct future tax refunds until your fine is paid. More than half of the uninsured people ObamaCare was supposed to save, remain uninsured. Most are in the plan because they have to be or because the federal subsidies have lured them. And State insurance co-ops, created to supply insurance plans via ObamaCare exchanges are struggling too, several collapsing in just the last few months, with New York, Kentucky and Arizona being the most recent.

Earlier this year the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office analysis revealed that by 2025, ObamaCare will require $2 trillion in spending and cost taxpayers $50 thousand for every person insured, the cost of subsidies for the growing American underclass and shrinking middle-class eligible for them. Offsetting that gargantuan cost will be new taxes, penalties and fees related to ObamaCare, approximately $643 billion.  President Obama promised families $2,500 in annual savings when peddling his healthcare scheme.  That was the fiction but here is the fact: Nearly all American families have experienced substantial increases in their health insurance costs.  Why are we continuing to tolerate this?  (32.3 Million Uninsured; 42 Million before ObamaCare; Fewer than 12 Million Insured under ACA, Goodbye Middle Class; Premiums Skyrocketing;  Mississippi 60% Higher, $6,800 Deductible;  Average Deductibles $5731; Perkins: Spooked by Health Costs; CBO Analysis

  • May God forgive His people for too quietly standing by and allowing Congress to approve a plan sold by strong-arm tactics and shameless deception, plan filled with the shedding of innocent blood, and built upon theory that departs from biblical truth and principles of American liberty that set us on a road to possibly irreversible socialism. May God have mercy and grant us repentance. May we elect a president and Congress in 2016 that meet his qualifications (Ex 18:21); that they will unite to overturn ObamaCare and replace it with a system based upon individual liberty and the free market. May we not add to our sin of complacency, rather, may Christians arise to be salt and light in the electoral process. Instead of a 25% Christian voter turnout, may we cast deciding votes for men and women across America who, under God, will set us on a course God can bless! (Dt 21:8-9; 1 Sam 8:4-21; Ps 5:4-6; Pr 28:4 51:14-15; 59:1-4; Eze 22:1-14)

First Amendment Defense Act (FADA) – Passage of FADA is a priority and for good reason. Since a series of federal court rulings that struck down state marriage laws and ultimately the Supreme Court Obergefell v. Hodges ruling that redefined marriage to include persons of the same sex, we have seen an increasing number of cases of raw discrimination against Christians who hold a biblical view of marriage. And there are instances of anti-Christian, anti-religious liberty actions unrelated to Court decisions, despite the First Amendment and numerous Supreme Court decisions in favor of religious liberty. Critics of FADA point out that we already have the First Amendment.  After all, religious liberty is the cornerstone of our Bill of Rights. However, as with marriage, some in our culture want to reinterpret and restrict that freedom to mean Christians are free to think what we want privately and perhaps even extend that right to express our beliefs within the four walls of our churches, but we are certainly not free to live out our faith in the public arena.  Christian beliefs, especially about human sexuality and marriage, really have no place in our schools, our workplaces, the military, even in our political expression.  Publically expressing beliefs in biblical sexuality and marriage is now viewed as ignorant, bigoted and even hate speech.  Acting on those beliefs in the context of the market place, the military, and public office has resulted in threats, demotion, fines, firing and even imprisonment.

Far too many judges, public officials and bureaucrats in our federal and state agencies, men and women who should know better, are disregarding the First Amendment and even holding it in contempt. Thus federal legislation is needed to put things back into balance. If Congress does not act soon, civilian and military courts could be filled with lawsuits by atheists, LGBT activists, etc. Furthermore, we will soon see the prediction come to pass made by the Obama solicitor general when the high court heard arguments over Obergefell v. Hodges. He said, in essence, that if same-sex marriage became public policy, groups that disagree with the policy would face problems with their tax exempt status. Obviously, Christians won’t get any help from the Courts or the White House. We must appeal to our elected members of Congress to defend us by law (H.R.2802; S.1598, Tony Perkins and Sen. Lee speak in Religious Liberty after Obergefell (video); Sen. Lee’s Response to NY Times Editorial on the First Amendment).

  • Thank God and pray for Rep. Raul Labrador (R-Idaho) and Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah), who have taken the lead to introduce FADA in the House and Senate. May Christians stir Congress, with Rep. Paul Ryan (R–Wisconsin) as the new House Speaker, to focus on FADA. May those who pray also contact their Congressman and Senators, urging them to co-sponsor FADA and to make it a priority!  May God help our generation restore the First Freedom of the First Amendment and pass it on intact to our children and grandchildren! (Jdg 5:1-31; Is 56:1; Dan 3: 15-18; 11:32-35; Lk 4:18-19; Gal 5:1)

Finally, please join us in thanking God for the voters in Houston who overwhelmingly defeated HERO, an ordinance giving LGBT persons special rights, and transgender persons freedom to use opposite-sex public restrooms. This shows what can happen when pastors and churches unite to oppose immoral public policy (Is 5:20; Eze 3:16-22). Meanwhile, read and pray over this related, SHOCKING NEWS! Thank you for praying!

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