Thomson, IL (PRWEB) December 14, 2012
"Government, therefore, is not so much interested in solving problems as, in essence, perpetuating them because they become the reason for it to exist,” says this week’s guest on Off The Grid Radio, Martin Selbrede. He joins host Bill Heid for the December 14th show as they discuss the current climate of American society and politics, how these notions have changed since the time of the Founders, and the clear choices before the American people today.
In reflecting on the Christmas season, Bill Heid and Martin Selbrede discuss the similarities in the present political climate and the political climate that existed at the time of Christ’s birth, showing how power politics was at play then and that power politics is at play now. Two paradigms of salvation play across the modern world stage, much as it did 2,000 years ago.
The American people may have elected a president, but the struggle for the soul of the country is not yet over, believes Off The Grid Radio host Bill Heid. Selbrede, vice-president of the Chalcedon Foundation, a Christian educational organization established in 1965, agrees.
Today’s guest defines one side of current political thought as the statist humanist, one who believes in a political salvation and in the inherent goodness of man, if only his environment would allow him to be so. Because the environment is what holds mankind back from perfection, all environmental factors are subject to governmental control and social change.
“To the extent that you believe there is something to be corrected or rectified or solved, your doctrine of salvation comes into play there. But in modern political salvation, and this goes back pre-Christ era, you find that it’s something in the environment that has to be solved. It might be the physical environment, it might be the social environment, or it might be the business environment. It’s the way social grace is dispensed by the political structure,” says Selbrede. “The state becomes the vehicle for saving you.
"But the other side of the coin is a government predicated on the principles of limited authority, whose only job is to mete out justice, and is built on the foundational moral precepts of God and his law which states that he alone is the governor of mankind, and that civil government is the servant of the people, not the master. It is the very concept enshrined in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, and upon which they are both based."
"Two thousand years ago, Christ was born into a world and empire that used its iron fist to control the physical, the social, the business, and the religious environment of the day. Two thousand years later, while the world has changed much, at its core and very essence, it remains the same. We face a government willing to deny essential freedom in order to control the physical, the social, the business, and the religious environment of today," says Heid.
This episode of Off The Grid Radio puts forth the question—is the answer that Christ brought to the world 2,000 years ago the answer to the issues we face today? Please join host Bill Heid and guest Martin Selbrede on today’s Off The Grid Radio show as they discuss freedom as only true salvation can bring. To listen to the entire radio show check out…http://www.offthegridnews.com/2012/12/13/are-we-signing-away-liberty-for-security-with-martin-selbrede-episode-134/