Crushing the Tobacco Demon
Land endorsed the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, a piece of legislation designed to empower the FDA to regulate the content of tobacco products, curb tobacco sales to underage children, limit advertising and promotion of tobacco products and crack down on those demonic candy cigarettes you smoked as a little kid (OK, maybe you didn't if you were a Baptist).
Is there an evangelical leader anywhere who won't endorse statist means to "solve" any social malady they deem undesirable? The state is not god and cannot redeem humanity. Moreover, its jurisdiction is limited by Scripture. We must cease this folly and ask what are the just and appropriate means for dealing with social "problems" such as smoking. Why is Land bellying up to the table with a bunch of Social Gospelers, beginning with the presupposition that the state is the appropriate agency to deal with everything? What about prayer, individual action, action by churches and voluntary agencies? Heck, maybe we could even get parents involved if that wouldn't be asking too much. But NOOO, the answer is to bend the knee and turn to Washington in search of a solution to banish the sin from our midst.