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The Human Right that Doesn’t Exist

This article is from Sean Edwards, who blogs here. Thanks for allowing me to re-post your outstanding article!

Sean EdwardsAround the world people believe healthcare is a human right. There are advocacy groups that believe every person has the right to direct access to modern medicine.

This is one of the most noble goals we as a society should have. Every person should have access to modern healthcare.

But something dangerous happens when we label access to healthcare as a natural right.

Social Justice and Scripture: Untie the Knot Pt.17

The king’s strength also loveth judgment; thou dost establish equity. -Psalm 99:4a

Americans place a high value on equality, and rightly so. But what is equality? Is it the same as egalitarianism? Social justice? As we see in Psalm 99:4, a righteous judge favors neither the poor nor the rich, but deals equitably with all. People have the right to equal treatment under the law, not equal lifestyle. That is what the concept “equity” means: impartiality.

Some suppose that “fairness” involves taking from the rich and giving to the poor. With this as a supposition, it is understandable that they would misconstrue Scripture through a socialist lens. But Scripture speaks of equity.

Social Justice and Scripture: Untie the Knot Pt.7

What questions does the free-market view face?

Here are the normal objections:

•    What will happen to the kids who can’t afford school?
•    What about all the poor and aged? How will they survive?
•    Isn’t your version of a society rather harsh to the needy? How can we let them suffer?

“Religious Liberty” — A Different Take

Al Mohler recently published an article at the Southern Blog called “The moral revolution threatens religious liberty.

Mohler is a noted evangelical leader and the president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He considers “religious liberty” important. His article comes only a week after a previous one at his blog, entitled “Religious Liberty vs. Erotic Liberty—Religious Liberty Is Losing.”

Mohler’s explanation of “religious liberty” bears close study.

Social Justice and Scripture: Untie the Knot Pt.16

What did Jesus say about taxes?

The two most important passages:

  • The miracle of the coin in the fish’s mouth—Matthew 17:24-27
  • Render unto Caesar—Matthew 22:17-21 (and parallels)