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  1. Some comments are in order. First, there was an insurrection on Jan 6, 2020. How do we know? We know because there was an attempt by to interfere with and stop the Constitutional process of counting the electoral votes in order to override the election results. Without that count, the President-elect could not become the actual President on Inauguration Day. Not only that, but we have evidence that shows the purpose for stopping the counting of electoral votes was to find a way to keep the incumbent in power.

    How should the Church interact and try to influence the government. What Godfrey read from the Scriptures about how the government must be concerned with protecting the vulnerable is correct. And we have had more modern examples of Christians promoting justice and acting as a conscience for the government and society than what Kuyper might have provided. Martin Luther King Jr. and the SCLC provide such a modern example. What groups like Black Lives Matter and the thinking of CRT fallibly shows us that King’s work is far from finished.

    We have so many other issues like gun violence, climate change, and militarism and war all of which the Church must appeal to the conscience of our nation. So why must we, as a Church, speak to our government about making God present to it through the issues of oath taking and the Reformed view of the Sabbath? Why should government try to make people more conscious of God in specific ways that show favoritism to certain disputable views among Christians? In a nation in which we have religious freedom, shouldn’t the people’s awareness of God be the responsibility of the Church through its examples and evangelism? And if, as Kuyper said, that people are aware of God, why does the government need to chime in with religious views that coincide with particular theological viewpoint?

    It’s only if people have become truly secular that they need to be reminded of God. And even then, having the government promote specific theological positions on how to make people aware of God is asking for a place of privilege by those who hold the theological positions being promoted. Should we return to Blue Laws that favored not just a specific religion, but certain segments of that religion?

    As Christians, we need to speak to our government and society on issues of conscience. But to ask the government to advance our own specific theological leanings indicates that we are too inwardly directed to be aware of the needs of others which must become the focus of the government. And that inward directedness and self-focus both blinds us to the realities of the world and provides stumbling blocks for unbelievers who would otherwise listen to us.

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