Scary Story

“I have opponents in this race who do not want to change the Constitution,” Huckabee told a Michigan audience on Monday. “But I believe it’s a lot easier to change the Constitution than it would be to change the word of the living god. And that’s what we need to do –  to amend the Constitution so it’s in God’s standards rather than try to change God’s standards so it lines up with some contemporary view.”

Mike Huckabee

2 thoughts on “Scary Story”

  1. I am certainly no fan of Huckabee, and I disagree with how he would apply this statement, but I don’t necessarily disagree with the concept itself.

    I think any believer in a moral code would desire that their government not conflict with that code. Clearly, if one is a believer in God (or Buhdism for that manner) in any meaningful sense the tenets of the belief system would take prededence over the secular government, and if they were oppossed action would be justified to change that.

    Where Huckabee gets it wrong though, I think, is in his interpretation of what the moral code he professes to believe in actaully says. Many Christians, and Huckabee certainly seems to be one of them, seem to think that Christianity contains some sort of demand that Christians confess and punish the sins of others. I can find no justification for this belief.

    I suspect that a lot of the confusion arises from a similarity between many sins and many crimes. Murder being an easy example, it is both a sin and a crime. However, sin and crime are not the same thing just because some things are both any more then green and rock are the same because jade is a green rock.

    Sin is concerned primarily with spiritual damage, especially damage to oneself. This is especially true in Christian theology, where the sacrifice of Christ is held to ‘pay’ for all sin.

    Crime on the other hand is primarily concerned with damage to society, most particularly of one member of society to another.

    It would of course be sinful to not attempt to contribute to the building of a better society, but a better society is one that (among other things) deals properly with crime but doesn’t concern itself with sin.

    There is of course some overlap. One would expect spiritual (call is psychological if you prefer) damage to have an effect on society and possibly damage it as well, but a competing virtue is free will so a balance must be struck between the two extemes. One can make arguements for and against issues such as gay marriage within this spectrum, but that is where I believe a proper Christian would leave it. (in the case of gay marriage I am convinced that the arguments favor it.)

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