About: Ray Harker

Ray Harker is the founder of God in Government (www.GodGov.org), a teaching ministry and outreach dedicated to a Biblical worldview. He is the author of the books "God in Government" and "Solid Food for the Soul".

Recent Posts by Ray Harker

Public education: an appendage of the Left

Many teachers want to trap students in our failing public schools. While schoolchildren in other countries are outperforming our students, teachers unions are opposed to any competition from non-public and private schools. They oppose home schooling unless kids are taught by state-licensed teachers using state-approved curricula. Rather than allowing parents control over their children’s education with school choice vouchers, the teachers want even more taxpayer money for their broken-down monopoly.

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Should Christians mix politics and the Bible?

Governments determine whether we are to live as free people or oppressed people. By their laws, they decide whether we are going to worship God freely or under persecution. Those whom we elect, or fail to elect, will have a great influence on our God-given rights. Our nation’s founders understood that governments can choose to protect our right to worship and spread the Gospel, or they can restrict that right.

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On the evils of the Welfare State

God’s mandate to help the poor is clearly given to the individual and the church. Nowhere does the Bible discuss the institution of human government as an agent of public charity. In fact, our Lord prohibits government welfare programs for mainly three reasons.

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Why Liberals reject the God of the Bible

Karl Marx in The Communist Manifesto wrote: “Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people.” He went on to state that “the first requisite for the happiness of the people is the abolition of religion.”

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Labor unions as a weapon of class warfare

With labor unions came the ability to strike. Socialists see the trade union strike as an instrument of social change. Engels, in his 1845 treatise Conditions of the Working Class, describes union strikes as “the expression of the social war between the bourgeoisie and the proletariat, as the training ground for the fighting proletariat to fight its class battles.” The general strike is one of its most powerful weapons for destroying the economy of a capitalist state. Marx envisioned striking labor unions as having the potential to force an entire country into submission to the revolutionary elite in control of the unions.

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The Proverbs Woman: A “Model” for Capitalism

A free market (or capitalist) system rewards virtue and punishes vice. Unlike all other economic systems, capitalism does not thrive on greed but channels greed productively in a fallen world. It allows and encourages the God-given qualities necessary for one’s life. When left to operate on its own, without government interference, the market becomes a self-regulating and self-provisioning mechanism.

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The Biblical Basis of Limited Government

Another way to disperse power is through a concept known as “republicanism.” This is the belief in the power of the electorate—“We the People.” Exodus 18:21 instructs us, “But select capable men from all the people—men who fear God, trustworthy men who hate dishonest gain—and appoint them as officials over thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens.”

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Separation of Church and State

Many Americans may be surprised to learn that the words “separation of church and state” do not appear in the First Amendment—or anywhere else in the US Constitution. In fact, here is what the First Amendment actually does say: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” So, where did the phrase “separation of church and state” actually come from?

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A history lesson for pastors and Christians

It was the patriot pastors who warned Americans that the British were infringing upon their God-given rights. The very basis of the Biblical law of liberty, “the right to private property,” was being violated. As the colonists saw it, the English were in effect warring against God. Americans were convinced that they had a sacred duty to rise up against the British government.

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