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Does America stand for liberty or equality?

Dr. Jim Denison is the CEO of Denison Forum.
His Daily Article and podcast globally reach over 160,000 subscribers. Dr. Denison guides readers to discern today’s news—biblically. He is the author of multiple books and has taught on the philosophy of religion and apologetics at several seminaries. Prior to launching Denison Forum in 2009, he pastored churches in Texas and Georgia. He holds a Ph.D and a Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Jim and his wife, Janet, live in Dallas, Texas. They have two sons and four grandchildren.

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Here’s my question: does America stand for liberty or equality?

It’s a huge issue, at the heart of the culture wars being fought in our country today.  One side is convinced that everyone should be treated equally, whatever their religion, sexual orientation, or gender.  A presidential cabinet or film festival should include every constituency identically.  In economic terms, we should strive for equality of outcomes, working to create laws and circumstances that produce the same benefit for all.

The other side is convinced that everyone should be treated fairly, whatever their religion, sexual orientation, or gender.  A presidential cabinet or film festival should consider every constituency, but should select those who perform the best.  In economic terms, we should strive for equality of opportunity, working to create laws and circumstances that produce the same chance for success but rewarding achievement.

Which position is more biblical?  When the children of Israel entered their Promised Land, God apportioned their inheritance according to their tribal size (Numbers 26:53).  Each resident had the same chance to succeed, but success was guaranteed to none.  Early Christians distributed aid according to need, not equality (Acts 4:35).  Paul taught the churches, “If a man will not work, he will not eat” (2 Thessalonians 3:10).

You and God have formed a divine-human partnership.  As you work, he works.  Noah built the ark, but God closed the door (Genesis 6:14; 7:16).  How has he called you to partner with him today?