Christian Citizenship

"Lectures in The Role of a Christian in Society"
 

Part 1: The Basics

Lecture 1: Introduction (Matt 5:13-16)
"Overview of lecture purpose, content and assumptions. Are Christians responsible for
the current state of affairs in this country? What does salt and light mean?"

Lecture 2: Christian World View (Part 1) (2 Cor 10:3-5)
"What is a Christian worldview? Why do we not fight the fight and become involved in the
issues of the day? What weapons does the Christian use? What are they used against?"
Lecture 3: Christian World View (Part 2) (1 Peter 4:7-11)
"We are living in the last days. Three eschatological views and their affect on our politics"

Part 2: Historical Overview

Lecture 4: Historical Perspective (The Blurring of Church and State)(Rom 15:4)
"Differences between Sacral nations, theocracies, and Christians in the spiritual kingdom
of God. Short overview of church - state development from N.T. through Constantine,
Catholic Church, Reformation, U.S. foundation, current Christian political movements"

Lecture 5: Is this a Christian Country? (Foundational Period) (1 Cor 3:10-15)
"Why is it important to know if this country was founded on Christian principles? Why
would someone think this was a Christian country? Why not? The influence of Calvinist
principles, Biblical commands, and Western thought. The Bible in the Declaration of
Independence"
Lecture 6: Is this a Christian Country? (Post Revolutionary War) (2 Cor 13:5)
"Is Christ the focus of this nation, or has it been in the past? The growth of Pietism,
Darwinism, Humanism, Secularism, and the view of the Constitution"

Part 3: Roles

Lecture 7: Role of Government (Rom 13:1-7) "Where does authority come from? What is a Christians' role relative to government
authority? What is government's role relative to it's citizens? "

Lecture 8: Role of the Law (1 Tim 1:8-11)
"What is Biblical law? Is there a hierarchy to it? What is the purpose and rightful intent
of Biblical law for the believer and unbeliever? What can we do relative to the laws of
the land?"
Lecture 9: Role of the Church (Eph 3:10-11)
"What are the church's general characteristics? What is it's role before spiritual and
earthly powers? What is its role amongst believers, to the surrounding culture, and
in equipping believers in society?"
Lecture 10: Separation of Church and State (2 Cor 6:14-18)
"What does it mean to not be unequally yoked in a citizenship context? History of the
'Separation of Church and State' debate. What role can churches play in political
activity?"

Part 4: Specific Issues

Lecture 11: Welfare (Part 1)(1 Thess 5:14)
"What Biblical principles apply to this area? Historical perspective on American
compassion. Historical observations from America's early years. Historical lessons
learned. Tips when talking to non-believers"

Lecture 12: Welfare (Part 2)(Prov 4:27)
"Biblical balance is needed. What happened in the United States - swerving to the right
and the left. Modern trends in welfare and current status. What can we do?"
Lecture 13: Homeless (Prov 21:13)
"God shows compassion for the homeless. Who are the poor? Who are the homeless?
What Biblical principles govern a Christians' response to believing and non-believing
homeless? Practical items"
Lecture 14: Voting (Prov 11:14)
"The need for godly advice. What is a Christians' role? How should we select those to
rule over us?"
Lecture 15: Homosexuality (Part 1)(The Biblical View)(1 Cor 6:9-11)
"Can God redeem from this also? Is this sin any worse than any other? Biblical
references and truths concerning homosexuality"
Lecture 16: Homosexuality (Part 2)(Psalm 11:3)
"God's pattern for us. Is acceptance of homosexuality a sign of God's judgment? What
tactics are employed by the gay community and what should our response be? What
actions can we take?"
Lecture 17: Animal Rights (Prov 12:10)
"Is this an important topic? What's our relationship to animals? Are animals important?
Why were they created? Do animals have rights? Current animal rights theology. Will
there be animals in heaven?"
Lecture 18: Medical Ethics - Preliminaries (Psalm 139:14; Gen 1:26-27)
"God's truths are our sure source of answers. We are fearfully and wonderfully made.
Our days are numbered. Sanctity of life. When does life begin? When does physical
death occur?"
Lecture 19: Euthanasia (Part 1)(Prov 31:6-7)
"Basic definitions. Selected statistics in this area. What secular reasons are given to
justify euthanasia? What Biblical principles can be applied?"
Lecture 20: Euthanasia (Part 2)(Prov 31:6-7)
"What is the difference between "ending life," "prolonging death," and "allowing to die?"
What are "extraordinary methods?" What are some practical considerations about living
wills?
Lecture 21: Taxes (Rom 13:6-7)
"What Biblical principles apply to taxation, tithes and freewill offerings? What principles
should guide secular governments? Income tax history in the US. What can we do?"
Lecture 22: Capital Punishment (Rom 13:2-4)
"Why this is a controversial subject? Common reasons to justify capital punishment.
What Biblical principles apply? Some historical notes on the subject. What should
Christians do?"
Lecture 23: Gambling – Some Biblical Principles (Prov 28:20)
"Historical background. What constitutes gambling? Some statistics, current trends,
and net effects. What Biblical principles apply and what fundamental issues are at stake.
Is gambling a sin?"
Lecture 24: Extraterrestrials (2 Cor 11:1-4; 2 Thess 2:9-10)
"Why this is an important topic? Explanations offered by the world. Biblical perspective,
including why the universe is so large, the role of Satan, occult and "New Age"
associations and our response"
Lecture 25: Movies and TV (Psalm 119:37)
"What Biblical principles apply to these very influential forms of entertainment? What
hidden dangers should we be aware of? What positive aspects are there? What are
some practical things we can do?"
Lecture 26: New Genetics/Genetic Engineering (Gen 1:11-12; 24-25)
"What is rDNA and cloning? Are transgenic organisms here today? Should man create
new species? What Biblical principles apply to this exploding area of technology?
What should Christians do?"
Lecture 27: Abortion (Gen 1:26a, 27)
"The abortion issue frames clearly the way of Satan (death) and the way of Christ (life).
When does human life begin? Is the Pro-Life movement new? Arguments & rebuttals.
What can we do?"
Lecture 28: Christian Financial Solicitations (2 Cor 10:3-5)
"Are Para-Church organizations justified? Do Christian organizations sometimes use
the weapons the world uses in order to achieve their goals? How should we be good
stewards of God’s gifts to us?"
Organizations?
Lecture 29: Environmentalism (Rom 8:20-21)
"What are the roots of today’s environmental movement? Are Christians to blame for
the current problems? What Biblical principles apply to contemporary issues? What,
if anything should we do?"
Lecture 30: Art (Phil 4:8)
"What is art? Does God condone or condemn it? What basic questions should we
ask ourselves about art? What are the current controversies concerning government
involvement in art?"
Lecture 31: Justice (Prov 17:15; 24:23-25)
"Justice is the foundation of any society - what is our based upon? Biblical justice
addresses at least three relationships. What has affected how justice is applied in
this country? What impact can we have?
Lecture 32: Is There a Just War? (Eph 6:11-12)
"Will war ever cease? Have there ever been just wars? Are there any now? What does
the N.T. say about war? How did ‘Just War’ theory develop? Should Christians
participate in wars, just or not?"
Lecture 33: Creation/Evolution (Ex 20:11; 31:17)
"Are theories of origins provable? How many are there? Does Genesis 1 have to be
read and interpreted literally? Can evolution and the creation account be reconciled?
What is the big deal?"
Lecture 34: Illegal Aliens (Prov 18:23)
"What is a proper Christian response to illegal aliens within this country? What
responsibility do we have to help those from other countries that are less fortunate?
What is the proper governmental role?"
Lecture 35: Jury Duty (Prov 17:15)
"Should Christians be jurors? What is the Biblical approach to justice in this world? How
did the jury develop into our present system? Is jury nullification a valid Biblical principle?"
Lecture 36: Hate Crimes (Matt 22:37-39)
"Are Hate Crimes just PC, or is there a Biblical basis for them? What principles should
govern the application of justice? What implications come from a Hate Crimes mentality?
What do we do?"
Lecture 37: Multi-Culturalism (Gal 3:27-28)
"What is the Multi-Cultural movement? Are all who oppose multi-culturalism racist?
Are be becoming Balkanized? What’re the implications of the multi-cultural movement
and what is a Christian response?"
Lecture 38: Gun Control (Eph 6:10-12)
"Biblically, can we defend ourselves with lethal force? What Biblical arguments are used
to reject gun ownership? What should be a Christian’s response to gun control legislation?
Laws" by John R. Lott
Lecture 39: Stem Cells (Rom 3:8)
"What exactly is a stem cell? Are frozen embryos human beings? Is the "in vitro"
fertilization process justifiable? How do Biblical sanctity of life principles apply to this
issue? What are we to do?"
Lecture 40: Slavery (Eph 6:5-9)
"What does the Bible teach concerning slavery? Is the practice of slavery condoned or
condemned in scripture? Does slavery still exist in the world? Why is this topic germane
to us today?"
Lecture 41: Prayer in Government Schools (Matt 6:9-13; 1 Thess 5:17-18)
"What are the arguments for and against prayer in government schools? What legal
actions are being tried? What historical insights exist? What position should a Christian
take on this issue?"
Lecture 42: Near Death Experiences (2 Cor 12:2-5)
"Are NDE’s something Christians should be knowledgeable about, or just write off as
New Age? Are there Biblical examples of NDE? Is an NDE validated if it results in a person
coming to Christ?"