Monday, March 19, 2012

Take a Hike, Orange County?

If you were looking for the outrage of the week, I have one for you.

It seems that Orange County, California—land of the fruits and nuts—wants to try and tell people they can't have Bible studies at their own homes. That is, without a permit.

I can't believe that Christian attorneys wouldn't litigate this outrage. I know what my reaction would likely be, and that's to tell the county to take a hike.

It's always a difficult issue, i.e. civil disobedience. Scripture tells us we are to be good citizens, and to obey the laws of the land. However, when the laws of the land conflict with our duty as Christians, or to impede our ability to freely proclaim and practice our faith, my own view is that we are not bound to follow those laws. And yes, that disobedience of men may carry a price.

This issue is complicated further by the unique nature of America. We are not governed by monarchs or dictators, although some are trying to change that. We the people are supposed to be the ones in charge, through our elected representatives.

And that brings me to my next point. What happens in California tends to spread like gangrene. California voters need to express their displeasure loudly with local officials and see to it that this local ordinance is repealed. And if the officials won't do it, fire them and replace them with officials who still believe a man's home is his castle.

I would write more, but I'm boiling. I'd better stop.

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