Tuesday, July 31, 2012

The Religion-Free Zone

There's a name for those people whose actions and ostensible beliefs are different.

They're called hypocrites.

Church & State- Episode 2b:


RE Parker said...

Great message, Gabriel! I like the way you stick that touch of humor in...

Now...as a filmmaker I'm going to do some slight 'picking' :) First off--the white background hurts the eyes...also, I could tell you were reading. Is there a way you could put your script lower so it doesn't look like you are staring at the molding around the edge of the ceiling? :) And...jump cuts? (A quick fade might help.)

Okay...I'm done with my nit-picking ;) (If you don't like it I'll keep my critique to myself next time:])

Keep it up, brother. This is good stuff!

Gabriel Hudelson said...

No, no, I appreciate the critique! I don't know if I'll apply any of it, but...



Anonymous said...

This is just a curious question - you've probably already answered it but I just don't know - so please indulge me:

I understand that the theory of "separation of church and state" is meant to limit the powers of the government, give the church freedom, etc.

I understand the implications of this in the individual. I do believe that a person's Christianity cannot at all be separate from the decisions he makes whether it be in his personal or political life. There can be no such distinction.

However, when it comes to the government's legislation, its policies, its passed laws as a body -- does the church have a say?

For the sake of an example (and since you mentioned this in one of your other videos already as well), same-sex marriage is legalized in some states. It's become a civil, not a moral, right. I'm not quite sure how the churches in America are dealing with that, but I guess the question is:

Should Christians ever take personally laws that have been legalized by the government, when it goes against fundamental truths?

I'm no Bible scholar (so feel free to correct me), but aren't we all creatures of lawlwessness? This makes the legalization of same-sex marriage not at all surprising to me.

So while my personal stance isn't for same-sex marriage, I can understand why others would find it perfectly all right. (And I don't think it's my job, ultimately, to convince them otherwise either.)

Let me know what you think, if it's not too much trouble, interested in your opinion!

Gabriel Hudelson said...

Great question! Thanks for stopping by.

I want to address a few things you said:

"It's become a civil, not a moral, right."

I don't think this is possible. Sin can't become a right, no matter what laws get passed. :-)

"I can understand why others would find it perfectly all right."

I can understand it too. We're sinners, and without Christ, we gravitate towards sin.

But this doesn't mean that those of us who are with Christ can just accept that.

I believe that it is our duty to stand on His Word, and make our political decisions accordingly. It doesn't surprise me that the "world" would want to legalize homosexuality, but it saddens me that The Church has abandoned the political sphere to such a degree that such legalization is even possible.

Make sense?

Anonymous said...

It does, it does. Thank you for taking the time to address my query.

I guess the real question now is what we ought to do, as the Church. (Willing to be it's somewhere along the lines of loving each other as brothers and sisters and making disciples of all nations.

And I don't know if you'll be placed in the political sphere in the future, but I know you'll serve Him honorably! God bless. =D )

Gabriel Hudelson said...

Thank you! :-)