What kind of America do the religious right want? Do they believe in democracy … or theocracy? (more)
God is not clearly described in the Bible. The religious right believe they know the answer, based on Biblical inerrancy:
The authority of Scripture is a key issue for the Christian Church in this and every age. Those who profess faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior are called to show the reality of their discipleship by humbly and faithfully obeying God’s written Word. To stray from Scripture in faith or conduct is disloyalty to our Master. Recognition of the total truth and trustworthiness of Holy Scripture is essential to a full grasp and adequate confession of its authority.
Their view of God implies supremacy over government as well:
36. We affirm that God has established a multiplicity of human governments such as individual, familial, ecclesiastical, and civil.
We deny that any form of human government (or ruler) has valid authority from any source but God or that any human government has either absolute or complete jurisdiction over all other governments.
They deny: “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”
What does Southern Baptist theology teach about God?
There is one and only one living and true God. …The eternal triune God reveals Himself to us as Father, Son and Holy Spirit, with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence, or being.
God the Father
God as Father reigns with providential care over His universe, His creatures, and the flow of the stream of human history according to the purposes of His grace. …God is Father in truth to those who become children of God through faith in Jesus Christ.
God the Son
Christ is the eternal Son of God. In His incarnation as Jesus Christ, He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. …He honored the divine law by His personal obedience, and in His substitutionary death on the cross, He made provision for the redemption of men from sin.
God the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God, fully divine. …He exalts Christ. He convicts men of sin, of righteousness and of judgment. …He enlightens and empowers the believer and the church in worship, evangelism, and service.
In the middle ages when iconography was important in an illiterate society, God was usually depicted as a dove. For those looking for more realistic representation God was depicted as an old man sitting on the Throne of Mercy.
Actual images of God are not important because the religious right elevate Christ above all:
9. We affirm (a) that Jesus, the Son of David and Son of God, was given all authority in heaven and on earth by God the Father; (b) that after His ascension He sat down on the throne at the right hand of God; (c) that from this position of absolute authority in the universe He is bringing all things into submission under His feet, exercising His authority ever more widely and fully on earth as the gospel spreads and people are converted to Him.
Because the role of Christ is more important in Churches where Twenty-first century audio visuals predominate, permanent illustrations tend toward Christ depicted as the Sheppard. I have not found a reference to preferred art.
I conclude that they worship without question a God who fits the image described by George Lakoff as a strict father model. The mantel of absolute authority was passed to Jesus and through the scriptures to the leaders of the Church, then to the father in his role as family leader.
I also conclude that you can not read their documents from a reasoned point of view. They are statements of faith. Faith based on scripture, not faith based on God’s works.
West Wing Bible Bashers. That’s how I beat them.
While the West Wing clip makes good theater, the inerrant word of the Bible is a faith issue.
The key to wining is not to try to beat the 26 percent of the population that is affiliated with evangelical churches, and the even lower percent that support the International Council on Biblical Inerrancy.
The key is to get Fred to the polls.