Liberty's Light

A Christian forum dedicated to the discussion of how a nation based entirely off of biblical principles ought to be like. We believe that Righteousness Exalteth a Nation, and that God's righteous hand is necessary for the blessing of any nation.
 
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The purpose and function of this forum

This forum was designed to focus on the discussion of biblical principles that apply to politics, government, economics, nations, and those principles' application to the nature of a nation that abides by those principles. The end goal of these discussions is to decide what a nation that is biblical and lawful (adhering to God's law) ought to be like. Our focus inside of this scope will be almost exclusively upon the government law and system of a nation. We will not be including much discussion of the other facets of what constitutes a nation, such as family, church, and societies. Although these being strong and godly is crucial to the success and survival of a nation, that is not our current focus.

The fundamental axiom (a self-evident truth from which one draws logical conclusions and starts his reasonings) of this forum is already decided upon, is unmovable, and must be adhered to by all: the Bible is completely true and applicable to every era from its very first verse to its last. The Bible is our highest authority and source of inspiration and guidance. We will also refer to strong, biblical authorities who are experts in this field. Surprisingly, most of these people died in the 17-1800s.

The standards of conduct on this forum are high: we strive in each and every post to be Christ-like. This is a serious challenge for us to hold to seriously. Our words ought to echo our thoughts, which ought to be ordered and well thought out. This means that we limit slang, internet shorthand and abbreviations, etc. We will not tolerate filthy language. We do not measure our success by the world or culture, but by the Bible.

The Bible says that “A word fitly spoken [is like] apples of gold in pictures of silver.” (Pro. 25:11). The gold and silver are pure and the picture is designed and thought out, and so ought to be our words. Here are seven categories of questions that we ought to ask ourselves whenever we are tempted to speak (or post or private message). Ask them honestly and humbly.

  1. What has been said?
    • What was meant by what he said?
    • What context was it in?
    • Would I simply be repeating what someone else has already said?
    • What is the purposes of what he said?
    • What concerns does he have that bear on what he said?
    • What do I agree with or like about what he said?
  2. What does Scripture say?
    • How is the topic viewed by Scripture?
    • What further understanding can be got from Scripture?
    • What support can be given it from Scripture?
    • Is it in context with surrounding and related texts?
  3. What do you know?
    • What experience do I have in this area?
    • Could someone else say it better?
    • Can I add anything to what has been said?
  4. What is useful?
    • What would be helpful to others for it to be said?
    • Would it be edifying?
    • Is it applicable to the subject at hand?
  5. How ought it to be received?
    • Am I asking a question?
    • Am I elaborating on something already said?
    • Am I teaching something?
    • Am I confronting something?
    • Am I admitting something?
    • Is it kind?
  6. Is it concise?
    • Is everything I said pertinent and germane to the topic?
    • Did I digress needlessly anywhere?
    • Did I ever use excess verbiage?
  7. Is it clear?
    • Is it ambiguous or open to misinterpretation?
    • Do I obfuscate my meaning?
    • Can I clarify or simplify my points better?
    • Is it easily readable by others?
    • Is it interesting?

It is each of ours responsibility to not only adhere to these rules, but to also go the extra mile and do the research and actively seek to find out the truth, even if it might mean that you are wrong.

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