Kaydy, I was originally going to argue against this, but after reading it more carefully and examining God’s word, I am now of a different mind. I have written this for two reasons 1) to help me sort my own thoughts out and 2) to present you with some scripture which I think may actually confirm Luke’s argument and deny yours. I am not trying to put you down, only to help you or, if I’m wrong (as the case may be), perhaps you could enlighten me. I ask you to consider the following portions of scripture, to which I have added emphasis:
Romans 13 “Let everyone submit to the governing authorities, since there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are instituted by God. <sup>2 </sup>So then, the one who resists the authority is opposing God’s command, and those who oppose it will bring judgment on themselves. <sup>3 </sup>For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good, and you will have its approval. <sup>4 </sup>For it is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, because it does not carry the sword for no reason. For it is God’s servant, an avenger that brings wrath on the one who does wrong. <sup>5 </sup>Therefore, you must submit, not only because of wrath but also because of your conscience.”
1Peter 2 “<sup>13 </sup>Submit to every human authority because of the Lord, whether to the emperor as the supreme authority <sup>14 </sup>or to governors as those sent out by him to punish those who do what is evil and to praise those who do what is good.”
So, government is God’s servant, instituted by God to punish evil and reward good, and those who oppose the government.
In America, we are feed many worldviews and we must chew them carefully before swallowing them. One of the biggest things we are fed is the idea that everyone should be ‘free’ to live the way they want – free to watch this or that movie, free to believe whatever they want, free to pursue whatever career they want, free to change gender on a dime, free to kill millions and millions of children before they breath their first breath or see the light of day or hear the Good News! It’s not true, that is not freedom that God or even the Founding Fathers designed our government to protect.
We talked about censorship in class. What is it? What we established in class, unless I am much mistaken, is that censorship is when someone (God, his servant the government, your church, your parents, etc.) do not allow you to do something, such as listen to bad music, watch movies with sexual content, or read books with contrary worldviews, steal your sister’s auxiliary chord, swear, eat candy all day, etc. It is, according to google, “The suppression or prohibition of any parts of books, films, news, etc. that are considered obscene, politically unacceptable, or a threat to security,” and according to the Encarta Dictionary it is also “the suppression or attempted suppression of something regarded as objectionable.” This is in agreement with what we determined in class.
Given this firm definition, how can censorship be beyond the government’s jurisdiction? How can it possibly be anything except the government’s purpose, its God given responsibility? “if you do wrong, be afraid, because it [the government] does not carry the sword for no reason…God’s servant, an avenger that brings wrath on the one who does wrong…Therefore, you must submit, not only because of wrath but also because of your conscience.” Is that anything other than censorship itself? I think it is clear now that the government, “God’s servant” is here to punish that which is evil – that is, porn, foul language, ideas that would hinder the security of society.