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Unity in Diversity 

Popular Sovereignty

Democratic Equality

Rule of Law

Unity in Diversity

Romans 12:4 "In one body we have many parts." These parts don't all do the same thing. By necessity, the body of Christ has diverse parts, in terms of function, cultures, peoples, and even ideas. But these parts must be unified by the underlying unity, which is being 'in Christ.' Romans 12:5 "In the same way, many people are one body in Christ." Each part is a member of the other parts. As there are many denominations, there are many peoples, many households, many communities, even many nations. Any one person can be a member of many parts, but we are ALL members of the body of Christ.   Ephesians 4:3 "Try hard to keep the Spirit's unity; use peace to tie it together." Diversity without unity is chaos. So what unifies us? The Holy Spirit who dwells within us.

Popular Sovereignty

Popular Sovereignty comes from the word popular, meaning people and sovereignty meaning that we have authorization.   Essentially, we are authorized by God to be the part of the body he created us to be, with our own gifts, talents, abilities, callings and preferences.  Romans 12:6-7 "God's gracious love gave us different gifts: If it is prophesying, then prophesy by degree of faith. If it is helping other people, then help. If it is teaching, then teach. If it is encouraging people, then encourage. If it is giving money, then be generous. If it is leading others, then work hard. If it is showing mercy, then be cheerful." In considering Popular Sovereignty, it is important that we respect the role in which each of us serves. It is also important that we be given sovereignty over our part of the body, that we not be FORCED by edict or dictate to function just like another part of the body.  Or, in other words, we should allow the various members of the body of Christ to exercise their ability to do the work God assigns. Remember that the body is unified, it is therefore connected through a common vision, to fulfill the Great Commission and the Great Commandment, that it follows the ONE way to salvation, the commitment to Christ as our Lord and our Savior, who died for our sins, rose three days later, and returned to His rightful place beside the Father. Popular Sovereignty without Unity in Diversity rends the body apart. Popular Sovereignty WITH Unity in Diversity strengthens the various parts in order to serve as a whole body.

Democratic Equality

Romans 12:10 "Have the same kind of love for one another which brothers have. Give each other more honor than you do yourselves."  We are equal in the eyes of the Lord. Democratic Equality is about recognizing that equal standing with each other and before God. How can we elevate ourselves over others if we must give others more honor than we give ourselves? Unity in Diversity BUILDS the cornerstone of the body. Popular Sovereignty allows the parts of the body to flourish freely within the Word. Democratic Equality keeps the parts from elevating themselves over the others.  Note, Democratic Equality does not prevent us from having various scopes of responsibility, but it does say that in exercising that responsibility leaders should serve, not lord it over others.

Rule of Law

Scripture as Rule of Law establishes ultimate the ultimate authority, Scripture and calls to accountability to it.   James 1: 22 "Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. 23 Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror 24 and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. 25 But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do."

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IMHO, this is a terribly important discussion. It makes for the unification of the pulpit with practical and theoretical political science. The four core ideals unearthed by Bill Collier represent deep truths that were discovered by our Founding Fathers and were embedded in the US Constitution. The harmonious application of these four ideals makes for a harmoniously working society.

Carmine,

         I couldn't agree more!   In my opinion, whenever Christian people come together for 'corporate' activities - from a marriage to a family to a community - these Ideals can be used to establish good governance and to resolve conflict.

         I think the influence of Christians in the natural world is vital!   Why?   We test 'rule of law' by scripture and through influence and persuasion work to keep the natural law 'plumb' with the principles of God.   Otherwise, things go off track.  We see this happening in many ways in the world around us.   A simple example--- the biblical principle is those who don't work shouldn't eat.   If we set up systems to provide for sustenance for people on a long term bases without work being an essential part of that system, we set up a system that will produce dependent people who will, in turn, produce more dependent people.   

         IMO, the car can go off the road to the left as in my example above, decoupling sustenance from work, OR to the right - the example would be if people would try to use Bible 'laws' as authority over non-believers, i.e., try to make the non-believer obey scripture.   I think this was Constantine's great error.  From that error we saw centuries of darkness.   God does not give us authority over the unbeliever, to 'take it' produces bad consequences. 

Carmine Gorga said:

IMHO, this is a terribly important discussion. It makes for the unification of the pulpit with practical and theoretical political science. The four core ideals unearthed by Bill Collier represent deep truths that were discovered by our Founding Fathers and were embedded in the US Constitution. The harmonious application of these four ideals makes for a harmoniously working society.

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