Government is God's Idea
Lecture and Presentation by Curt Smith
Curt Smith guest preached at First Assembly of God in Fort Wayne, Indiana on a biblical perspective regarding responsibility and opportunity to be both citizens of heaven and citizens on earth.
Curt Smith guest preached at Eagle Creek Grace Brethren in Indianapolis, Indiana.
The United States has been the envy of the world for over two hundred years now in terms of religious freedom but the tables seem to be turning, and Curt Smith's tenure as president of the Indiana Family Institute serves as a chilling case-in-point.
In 2015, Indiana passed its own Religious Freedom Amendment Act (RFRA), following the lead of the U.S. Congress in 1996 and 20 other states who had passed their own form of a state-based protection. The left howled in protest, however, claiming that such a law was designed to discriminate against homosexuals. Indiana Governor Mike Pence and his conservative Republic leaders in the house and senate subsequently passed "RFRA Fix" only days later.
In the wake of the RFRA fracas, Curt's primary employer, the public policy arm of Taft Stettinius and Hollister, fired Curt for his work as a lobbyist for traditional marriage and religious freedom in Indiana. Curt published in September his book, "Deicide" to convey that the American church has lost a theological understanding of government, estranging us from both our founding as well as our founders. The Bible not only teaches government is good, but it teaches how citizens of heaven help their fellow citizens on earth to help government become good. This is the theology of statecraft, and it is sorely missing from the American church's thinking.
In this speech, Curt covers the big ideas of theological statecraft covered in his book, Deicide. He doesn't curse the darkness, but uses wit and humor to cast a vision for what it might look like for the church to recapture its historic primacy in the public square, pragmatically fulfilling the church's role in theological statecraft.