Saturday, March 03, 2007

Crushing the Tobacco Demon

Richard Land recently took time away from other important matters to hop on his high-horse and head to Washington, DC with a gaggle of religious liberals, where he agitated on behalf of legislation proposed by Teddy Kennedy to stamp out the very symbol of wickedness and human depravity--BIG TOBACCO.

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.


Anonymous Daniel Ritchie said...

Sadly, the church has been blinded by the messianic state and looks to it to solve every problem in society.

4:38 PM  
Blogger Darrell said...

Yes, what is needed is a Christian critique of the modern secular state. One of the reasons I've found myself increasingly drawn to Rushdoony is that task seems to have driven much of his work.

11:59 AM  

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