Friday, June 19, 2015

Podcast of the Week (6/14 - 6/20, 2015) The Gospel Coalition roundtable "Biblical Foundations for Seeking God's Justice in a Sinful World"

Tim Keller, John Piper, Thabiti Anyabwile, Voddie Baucham, Don Carson, and Miguel Núñezin an April 15 panel discussion. "Biblical Foundations for Seeking God's Justice in a Sinful World" Audio and video available here.

Among the topics are where do we get a biblical foundation for justice and human rights? Should the U.S. intervene abroad in the name of justice?

I think Piper wins the latter topic with his "I don't know if America should police the world" and the point is made that the U.S. has gotten so used to fighting the never-ending war on terror that we (Christians) no longer ask "Is this just? Are we considering the cost?" One of the panelists seems to think strongly that we should intervene, another makes a good argument that Romans 13 also requires us to respect other nations' sovereignty, which leads to a question of where we draw the line at an injustice worthy enough for a U.S. military intervention. Which the U.N. debates all the time, seems sort of a waste to discuss it as such in this forum. I don't think anyone in this discussion is sufficiently educated in the evolution of foreign policy. But it's useful to hear the initial viewpoints of Christian thought-leaders.

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