By Nathan Barton
In my last column, I talked a bit about “lawless rulers” and how the thuggish nature of government is ever more visible. Outside Chicago, Detroit, and DC, there are few places as corrupt and evil as New Orleans, so these stories can give us hope.
See, ONCE in a while, lawless “rulers” get their comeuppance: former New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin was convicted on 20 Counts Of bribery and corruption, years after he helped totally trash New Orleans. I am sure he will be severely punished: he might even lose some of his retirement, and have to spend a short period of time in semi-retirement in a gated community where he has to use the same tennis court all the time.
New Orleans Catholic Archbishop Aymond announced that the Roman Catholic Church will shun persons and businesses who helped build a Planned Parenthood clinic. This is great news, on multiple levels. Especially since it seems to include the City of New Orleans’ employees.
First, this is the ONLY thing that a church – according to the Bible – can and SHOULD do: withdraw fellowship (including worship with and EATING with “such a one”) to get them to see and repent from their error, and for those NOT in the church, shun them: refuse to do business with them, refuse to socialize with them: do NOTHING to or with them but preach the Gospel, teaching them to, again, see that what they have done and are doing is evil and that they must repent of it. If the NO’s archbishop is approaching it this way instead of demanding or begging government to do something, he is at least on the right track. Paul teaches that we cannot withdraw totally from the world – from those who are not followers of Christ Jesus, but that we can say and do things to show them by our light what is right and what is evil in God’s eyes.
Secondly, it is something that DOES work: we have seen the power of boycotts and not purchasing impact strongly on many businesses and people.
Third, it indirectly attacks government. Because even though we all have to “do business” with government on the municipal level, it can be hurt by cutting sales and therefore taxes. And the individuals that work for government can be shamed and shunned the other 16 hours a day and all day on weekends and holidays. It is amazing that a place like Louisiana can have hundreds of thousands who speak up boldly about not allowing horses to be killed for meat, claim that people are “oppressed” because their neighborhoods might be improved and attract “non-oppressed” neighbors and businesses, but cannot see that killing fifty babies A DAY is something that is monstrous and hideous.