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Loyalty is one of the six moral foundations identified by Jonathan Haidt, and as we’ve seen before, liberals, moderates and conservatives view this virtue differently. But this is perhaps the least controversial of all the virtues, at least it seems that way.

Part 6: Liberty is nearly universally valued, so the question is what of the other six key values are superior or subservient to it? Jonathan Haidt points out in The Righteous Mind that liberty is valued and shared by liberal, moderate and conservative people. But there are differences about the equality of the value compared to others. Let’s look into this and discover how each of these mindsets approach liberty and putting limits on such liberty.

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Part 5: Even when authority is the pre-eminent attribute in a Biblical passage, it doesn’t operate without the influence of other values. And this is important to remember in evangelism, you need to understand the other person and where they are on the authority/tyranny/anarchy/subversive scale. Let’s look at three passages to see how authority is expressed and how the liberal, moderate or conservative mind would view it. From the woman caught in adultery to Sodom’s destruction, there’s a lot at work in these passages. It’s easy to see care and fairness at work with the adulteress woman, but these same values are at work in how God acts toward Sodom as well.

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A photo of a migrant train heading for the southern border; what’s your first reaction? A homeless person sitting quietly on the street; how do you react? A photo of a child looking slightly uncomfortable; what’s your first thought? In each of these your primary form of caring comes through, this represents the core portion of your caring values. But how is this at all useful in evangelism or exhortation?

Let’s set the foundation for the coming videos by looking at how two different people see spanking, labor and a Proverb. My premise is this, that both people care deeply about the child, want to ensure fairness in work, and understand why someone might steal when they are starving. But how this care manifests itself, and how each person defines fairness or decides what to do about the stealing are radically different even when they both profess the same (or apparently same) values.

Our culture and personal morality absolutely impacts our apologetics, how we share our faith with others. We are starting our journey of personality based Apologetics by looking at community and individualism. In the west we value individual autonomy and rights, in the east they value community and relationships, at least that is the evidence from psychology and research by Jonathan Haidt and others. So how does this impact us? We need to understand our own mindset, biases and perspectives so that we can be aware of how we are reacting to what others are saying. We also need to seek to understand where the other person is at so we can speak in a manner that they not only understand, but can also agree with and see how it aligns with their morality and values. This isn’t an injunction to lie or distort, but to present the full truth while emphasizing the aspects the other person can easily accept.

You’ve most likely seen, heard or been a part of a lesson on how to share the Gospel with someone, but there is something severely lacking in all of these methods and approaches; they have no clue about where the other person actually is in life and what they value. Sharing about God’s sovereignty with someone who doesn’t value authority is not only pointless but likely damaging. Sharing about God’s love with someone who highly values justice is equally worthless. I propose that we try to understand what the other person values before we evangelize. This introduction to a new series will lay the foundation for combining the work of modern psychologists, namely Jonathan Haidt, and use this understanding to modify our apologetics.

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Calling out cow pies (shallow/superficial teaching, hypocrisy) so you can avoid them and driving toward a deeper understanding of the issues, particularly in the contemporary American Christian Church. I want to add depth to the conversation and help you to do the same.

What happens when authority subverts liberty? Legalism and a desire to live by the law and a strong desire to make others live by that same law. In our churches today we see many Baptists and Reformed Churches imposing adherence to arbitrary moral standards and codes of behavior, they are legalistically mandating virtue. Others in many Presbyterian and Methodists Churches have embraced liberty to the point of welcoming and cheering for sins that are clearly condemned in the Bible. Let’s see how the church in Galatia was legalistic like so many Baptist and Reformed churches are today.

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Calling out cow pies (shallow/superficial teaching, hypocrisy) so you can avoid them and driving toward a deeper understanding of the issues, particularly in the contemporary American Christian Church. I want to add depth to the conversation and help you to do the same.

Joseph, the earthly adopted-father of Jesus of Nazereth did something almost unheard of today, he pondered what he had been told! Do you know how rare this is, even for that day? Look to Acts 17:11 where the Bereans listened to Paul with open ears and a readiness to receive what he taught, but then went and checked it against scripture to see if he was telling the truth and was consistent with God’s revealed word! Absolutely wonderful.

But, how many of us are willing to put down our phone, turn off the TV (read streaming device), enter a quiet place and just consider who we are and the world immediately around us? What would happen if each of us was confident enough, perhaps brave enough to face our own thoughts and not be lead by the ramblings of someone else?

Glenn Beck Podcast: https://youtu.be/6nAJ4YJheTw

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Pastors against straight white men? Even when the pastor is indeed a straight white man? What happens when a person highly values fairness (that is equality and equity in opportunity and especially outcome) and their own life exposes that equality of outcome is not a guarantee but the result of work? Do they adjust their beliefs against scripture or even reality? Or do they enter into self-hatred much like Francis of Assisi?

Tim Pool Video: https://youtu.be/ctT5YrR4Ffk
Zach Goldberg Article ‘America’s White Saviors’: https://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-news-and-politics/284875/americas-white-saviors

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Calling out cow pies (shallow/superficial teaching, hypocrisy) so you can avoid them and driving toward a deeper understanding of the issues, particularly in the contemporary American Christian Church. I want to add depth to the conversation and help you to do the same.

A highly biased, agenda driven ‘news’ source and a very balanced and fair news source. Guess which one is the national outlet? Newsweek frames this as very wrong and implies something illegal. It’s not till the last paragraph that we find the camp acted in accordance with state law and their Christian beliefs. Why bury these key details and leave out the expressed sorrow of the camp leader?

Newsweek Article: https://www.newsweek.com/teen-gay-fired-job-christian-camp-social-media-washington-1443818

Bellingham Herald Article: https://www.bellinghamherald.com/news/local/article231541693.html

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Calling out cow pies (shallow/superficial teaching, hypocrisy) so you can avoid them and driving toward a deeper understanding of the issues, particularly in the contemporary American Christian Church. I want to add depth to the conversation and help you to do the same.

God is not a bowl of gems where each gem is a unique character attribute or name of God and where you get to pick and choose the gems you want. No, He is like a string of unbreakable pearls, you grab one that is appealing but all others must come with it. If you value His love, you have to take justice. If you want His mercy, you also have to take righteousness. If you want His power to help you, you must take his perfect knowledge of all of you and your situation. Will you walk with me as we look at 10 key character attributes of God? What did I miss that should be on the list?

Immutable: Hebrews 13:8
Just: Job 34:17
Truthful: Titus 1:2
Omnipotent: Psalm 29:4
Love: 1 John 4:7-8
Sovereignty: Psalm 22:28
Holy: Leviticus 11:44
Eternal: Deuteronomy 33:27
Omniscient: 1 John 3:20
Omnipresent: Psalm 139:7-8

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Calling out cow pies (shallow/superficial teaching, hypocrisy) so you can avoid them and driving toward a deeper understanding of the issues, particularly in the contemporary American Christian Church. I want to add depth to the conversation and help you to do the same.

More on Lust of the Flesh - Does it include our personality and the way we process information?

Beyond the obvious fleshly lusts of sex, greed, avarice etc, does the lust of the flesh include wanting to think according to our inherent ways?

What happens when authority subverts liberty? Legalism and a desire to live by the law and a strong desire to make others live by that same law. In our churches today we see many Baptists and Reformed Churches imposing adherence to arbitrary moral standards and codes of behavior, they are legalistically mandating virtue. Others in many Presbyterian and Methodists Churches have embraced liberty to the point of welcoming and cheering for sins that are clearly condemned in the Bible. Let’s see how the church in Galatia was legalistic like so many Baptist and Reformed churches are today.

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Calling out cow pies (shallow/superficial teaching, hypocrisy) so you can avoid them and driving toward a deeper understanding of the issues, particularly in the contemporary American Christian Church. I want to add depth to the conversation and help you to do the same.

Is it true that a Christian must set aside any sense of self-sufficiency, any confidence, any assuredness on their abilities in order to be used by God? Does God really require us to fix ourselves in order to be used? Hardly. I disagree with Alistair Begg on this matter. God has created us in His image, although imperfectly. We don’t have all the attributes of God perfectly balanced; indeed we each have a partial list and that often out of balance. Which is why He requires us to be in fellowship so that His image is more completely realized.

Alistair Begg Sermon: https://www.truthforlife.org/broadcasts/2019/05/31/gideon-the-weakest-and-the-least-part-2-of-2--/

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Calling out cow pies (shallow/superficial teaching, hypocrisy) so you can avoid them and driving toward a deeper understanding of the issues, particularly in the contemporary American Christian Church. I want to add depth to the conversation and help you to do the same.

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