At this point from what I've seen, it looks like the vaccine is safe. I'm still not sure how effective it is. That remains to be seen. But it doesn't look like there is a high risk of negative side effects. I've heard some things about like a 1 in 100000 or even 1 in … Continue reading A Brief, Non-Scholarly Layman’s Analysis of the Debate over COVID Vaccines
I'll be honest, the "Facebook and Twitter are private companies so they can censor whoever/whatever they want" argument doesn't really sit right with my. A) they're not fully private. They receive government subsidies. B) Saying that the interactions on Facebook is taking place within the private property of Facebook feels to me to be making … Continue reading Rambling Thoughts on Big Tech Censorship
"For because of this you also pay taxes, for the authorities are ministers of God, attending to this very thing. Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed."Romans 13:6-7 Darn. I … Continue reading Romans 13:6-7
"Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God’s wrath but also for the sake of conscience."Romans 13:5 I'll be honest. This is probably the trickiest verse of the passage. What does it mean to be in subjection? Why is there a distinction between God's wrath and conscience? I find myself unable to … Continue reading Romans 13:5
I'm a 7 point Calvinist if you will. One issue that often comes up is the idea of common grace. Civil government is often pointed to as an aspect of common grace: a means by which God restrains evil. But what is Common Grace? Does it exist? Most people think that common grace is an … Continue reading What is Common Grace?
"for he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer."Romans 13:4Verse 4 gives us several important concepts: The governing authority is God's servant. Paul … Continue reading Romans 13:4
For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval,Romans 13:3This verse drips with irony. Can you feel it? This is the verse that causes a lot of people to … Continue reading Romans 13:3
Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment.Romans 13:2Romans 13:2 very clearly states that:- Resisting governing authorities is tantamount to resisting God- Judgment awaits those who resist governing authoritiesThere are two important interpretive questions we must ask. What is meant by "resist" and what is meant … Continue reading Romans 13:2