The Biblical Nature of the Level Playing Field
John C. Rankin (February 22, 2007)
Since the Lord called me into public policy ministry in 1982, my goal has been to understand how best to do it. This I have sought in the face of any issue where the Gospel can bring mercy and salvation to hurting people – whether on matters of abortion, homosexuality, pagan religions, church & state, tyranny in any form, evolution & intelligent design, Islam & the West, etc. The key is the biblical nature of the level playing field.
Here are two provocative statements.
- The only historical basis for a level playing field is in the Garden of Eden, where Yahweh Elohim, the LORD God, gives it to man and woman. Yahweh defines the terms accurately, and the consequences of good versus evil, freedom versus slavery, and life versus death. These contrasts are presented side by side – a true level playing field upon which we can choose one or the other. Only truth can afford such a level playing field – falsehood never does, and thus no pagan religion or secular construct, back to its origins, has such a concept. But do we trust in the power of the Gospel enough to embrace the same radical and biblical nature of a level playing field, and even to extend it to enemies of the Gospel?
- Jesus doesso – when he engages his sworn enemies on the level playing field of debate during Passion Week in the Court of the Gentiles. As he answers all their questions, and they dare not ask him any more questions after giving it their best attempts, he was free to go to the cross as the blameless Lamb of God. In other words, the biblical nature of a level playing field is the basis for our salvation. In Philippians 2:12b-13, Paul says to us: “…work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purposes.”