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Running head: SYNTHESIS PAPER1Synthesis PaperAlton DawsonLiberty University
SYNTHESIS PAPER2Synthesis PaperThe founding of America as a free and independent nation as well as the framing of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution was written based upon a Christian foundation. That does not necessarily mean that the United States is a Christian nation, although some framers of the Constitution used that concept. But, it does mean that the foundations of thisnation supported a Christian point of view based on human nature and the providence of God. It is to be known that the framers of this new government believed that the people should elect and support leaders of the government that displays character and integrity (Kraft, & Furlong, 2013). This synthesis paper will examine the biblical principles and the role the Bible plays in government through the worldview based on the Biblical Christianity, modernism and post modernism principals of government.Biblical principles taken from the Bible have played an important role in the shaping of our government. These biblical concepts that play a role in government include: inalienable rights, natural law, institutional separation of church and state, covenant federalism, and sin distinction. Inalienable rights of individuals are defined as obtaining life, liberty and property. Inalienable rights are rights that are inherent to us as individuals. These basics rights are found and supportedby biblical scriptures (Fischer, 2014). Genesis 1: 26-27 reminds us that God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him, male and female, and he created them. These are rights that cannot be taken away (Huldah, 2013). Individuals whose inalienable rights are taken away from them in countries with oppressive governments, loose their rights to say what they believe, worship how and where they choose, right to formal education, chose who / if they want to marry, have a goodjob where they are paid fair wages even having the right to be protected from physical harm and
SYNTHESIS PAPER3violence (Huldah, 2013). These rights are granted by God because we are created in his image and as Christians we are obligated to treat humans with dignity and respect. If our inalienable rights are not given to us by an authority that is higher than human or government, then any government action to abolish those rights would be against God's will. A right that is subject to government restriction or license is called a privilege rather than a right (Huldah, 2013). The framers of the American government understood this principle and created a revolution in a political theory by enacting, for the first time in history agovernment specifically established to protect the rights that had been given to man by God.