Date of Award

5-21-2004

Document Type

Seminar Paper

Degree Name

Master of Sacred Theology (STM)

Department

Systematic Theology

First Advisor

Joel Okamoto

Scripture References in this Resource (separated by semi-colons)

John 20:21-23; Romans 1:16; Ephesians 2:20; Deuteronomy 8:3; Matthew 5:3; 1 Peter 2:9; Matthew 5:14;

Abstract

In recognition of this resolution it is important to examine President Bush's policy of faith-based initiatives. LCMS congregations that are faced with the opportunity to participate in faith-based initiatives should be informed of the nature and content of this government program. The purpose of this paper is to show that, theologically, legally, and practically, the church that participates in faith-based initiatives not only compromises but also loses her unique Christian witness. Theologically, the church that participates in faith-based initiatives is required by the government to separate her religious message from the social services she provides. By means of this requirement the church loses her religious message and identity and becomes simply another distributor of government funded social services. Legally, through the judgments of the United States Supreme Court concerning the separation of church and state, the church that participates in faith-based initiatives is left vulnerable to litigation. Practically, the church that participates in faith-based initiatives is confronted with the problems of applying, financing, and implementing the government funded social service program.

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