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Sojourners Magazine: April 1974

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The love of a sovereign God drives us into concern for the social order. 
The consideration of a question such as this--do we need a new Barmen Declaration? or do Americans now need a Barmen Declaration?--at once discloses how history is comprehended.


Statements of Christian faith are generally forced to the surface in response to a serious challenge.
As a Christian theologian and a citizen of a state, the United States of America, I find myself subject to the rule of God and to the rule of the state.
Few passages of scripture have been as consistently misused and misunderstood as Romans 13. 
America prides itself on the separation of church and state.


We have been living through days that try the soul of the nation and test the resiliency of the Republic.
We are Christians who hold to the truth of God’s word and action in history as recorded in Scripture.
America is a fallen nation. The fall is the principle spiritual and political fact of the American nation.


The early settlers in America weren’t responsible for it.

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