A Question about Liberty

February 2, 2006

Ok, friends, a quick question for you.  As we consider religious liberty in our nation, people often speak of non-establishment and free expression.  As pastors shouldn’t we consider and defend the freedom to practice church discipline as a litmus test?  I know that tyrannies like NAZISM certainly interferred with the free practice of church discipline.  When disagreement is taken as psychological violence then it seems like the practice of church discipline would certainly be misunderstood by a secular government as both emotional violence and incitement to hatred.  Furthermore, how will our churches recognize this loss of liberty when they’re not even practicing discipline?  Quick replies?