Open letter to President Obama (Part 658) On what basis can someone say that murder is wrong if they don’t believe in special revelation?

Open letter to President Obama (Part 658)

(Emailed to White House on 6-25-13.)

President Obama c/o The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, DC 20500

Dear Mr. President,

I know that you receive 20,000 letters a day and that you actually read 10 of them every day. I really do respect you for trying to get a pulse on what is going on out here.

The federal government debt is growing so much that it is endangering us because if things keep going like they are now we will not have any money left for the national defense because we are so far in debt as a nation. We have been spending so much on our welfare state through food stamps and other programs that I am worrying that many of our citizens are becoming more dependent on government and in many cases they are losing their incentive to work hard because of the welfare trap the government has put in place. Other nations in Europe have gone down this road and we see what mess this has gotten them in. People really are losing their faith in big government and they want more liberty back. It seems to me we have to get back to the founding  principles that made our country great.  We also need to realize that a big government will encourage waste and corruptionThe recent scandals in our government have proved my point. In fact, the jokes you made at Ohio State about possibly auditing them are not so funny now that reality shows how the IRS was acting more like a monster out of control. Also raising taxes on the job creators is a very bad idea too. The Laffer Curve clearly demonstrates that when the tax rates are raised many individuals will move their investments to places where they will not get taxed as much.

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On what basis can someone say that murder is wrong if they don’t believe in special revelation? On what basis can we say there is dignity for humankind? Francis Schaeffer takes a look at this issue in the following video and Chuck Colson tackles that this issue in this article from 1996 on the Bosnia “ethnic cleansing” trial.

Francis Schaeffer “BASIS FOR HUMAN DIGNITY” Whatever…HTTHR

Francis Schaeffer Whatever Happened to the Human Race (Episode 1) ABORTION

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Francis Schaeffer “BASIS FOR HUMAN DIGNITY” Whatever…HTTHR

Dr. Francis schaeffer – The flow of Materialism(from Part 4 of Whatever happened to human race?)

Dr. Francis Schaeffer – The Biblical flow of Truth & History (intro)

Francis Schaeffer – The Biblical Flow of History & Truth (1)

Dr. Francis Schaeffer – The Biblical Flow of Truth & History (part 2)

Crimes? What Crimes?

The Grand ‘Sez Who’

By Chuck Colson|Published Date: October 29, 1996

Dusan Tadic, a cafe owner and part-time policeman, sat uneasily in a blue chair draped with a United Nations emblem. He was charged with the murder, rape, and torture of Bosnian Muslims as part of a campaign of “ethnic cleansing.” He has the dubious distinction of being the first person to be tried for war crimes since the end of World War II.

But Tadic isn’t the only one who should be uneasy. His case raises an awkward question for the modern world: Is law–especially international law–possible in a world that rejects the idea of absolute truth?

In a delightful bit of irony, the United Nations tribunal that tried Tadic and his comrades was convened on the fiftieth anniversary of the Nuremberg trials–the same trials that made the term “crimes against humanity” part of our lexicon.

Nuremberg set an important legal and moral precedent: that there exists a standard of decency legally binding on all nations, irrespective of culture, creed, or history. By charging Nazi leaders with “crimes against humanity,” the United States implicitly rejected notions of moral and cultural relativism. Instead, we declared a universal moral standard–one that superseded political boundaries and national sovereignty.

But today, 50 years later, do we still accept the idea of a universal standard binding on all nations? What gives the international community the moral authority to sit in judgment on Dusan Tadic–or anyone else?

The answer is that there no longer is any moral authority, because the leading nations of the world have rejected the basis for that authority–ultimately, the law of God. Without a basis in divine law, human law is only a matter of opinion, imposed by force.

The late legal scholar Arthur Leff put it this way: “Without the ultimate warrant of divine revelation, all claims to authority are vulnerable to “the grand ‘sez who?’ ” Genocide is wrong, we say. To which Tadic and his ilk respond, Sez who? Massacring civilians is wrong, we say. Sez who? If it’s merely my opinion versus yours, claims to international justice are really nothing more than a power play.

This is a vivid illustration of what Berkeley law professor Philip Johnson calls the “modernist impasse.” The modern mind demands freedom from moral restraints for individuals, but then demands a strong moral code for society in order to justify punishing barbarians like Tadic.

But that conjuring trick just won’t work. You can’t deny a transcendent moral order when it’s inconvenient, and then try to pull one out of a hat when you do need one.

The modernist impasse provides Christians with a wonderfully effective apologetic. When people are horrified by the bloodbath in Bosnia, we can explain that they are implicitly acknowledging an objective moral standard that underlies all human laws. By condeming the Serbs, they are implying the existence of a standard that judges our own lives as well.

The need for just laws challenges each individual to search his own heart. We must acknowledge that our own moral failings are just as much a violation of a transcendent order as the failings of the barbarians we abhor–and that we are just as much in need of divine mercy and forgiveness.

 

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Thank you so much for your time. I know how valuable it is. I also appreciate the fine family that you have and your commitment as a father and a husband.

Sincerely,

Everette Hatcher III, 13900 Cottontail Lane, Alexander, AR 72002, ph 501-920-5733, lowcostsqueegees@yahoo.com

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