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      Rob Schwarzwalder

      Rob Schwarzwalder serves as Senior Vice President for the Family Research Council. He oversees the Communications and Media Relations, Policy and Church Ministries teams. He formerly served as Chief of Staff for two Members of Congress, a communications aide in both the House and Senate and as director of communications and senior writer at the National Association of Manufacturers. In 2001, President George W. Bush appointed Rob to be senior speechwriter at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. He graduated from Biola University and has an M.A. in Theology from Western Seminary (Portland, Oregon). He has also done graduate study in history at George Washington University and the University of Washington.

Christianity exalts human dignity. Image-bearers of God (Genesis 1:26-27) have worth bestowed upon them by their Creator, and as such have rights intrinsic to their beings. Among them are life, liberty and the “pursuit of happiness” — a phrase Jefferson employed, in part, because he and his colleagues believed that “happiness” (in the classical sense of a life defined by virtue) is impossible unless one’s person and possessions — one’s property — are sacrosanct.

The Founders argued that natural law — what the Apostle Paul called “the law written on the heart” (Romans 2:14) — and divine revelation, as enscripturated in the Bible, provide the only firm basis for a just, moral, and free society. Their writings about these things are extensive and readily available.

The Bible’s commands about generosity are so many that an exposition of them is beyond the scope of this article. It is sufficient to note that Scripture calls Christians to imitate the generosity of God, a God Who “spared not His own Son but delivered Him up for us all” (Romans 8:32). Pretty high standard of giving, that.

And that’s why Christians throughout history have cared for those most in need in every way they can, from protecting abandoned infants in the days of Rome to defending the unborn and their vulnerable mothers today; from opening clinics in the slums of Kolkata to caring for AIDS orphans in sub-Saharan Africa; from standing with those persecuted for their faith in China to protecting religious liberty here at home. Name the need; you will find Christians seeking to meet it.

The hallmark of Christian faith is love: Love for God and for people, love for truth and for justice. Love is gracious but not insipid, compassionate but not tolerant of wrong. Jesus, writes the Apostle John, was “full of grace and truth” (John 1:14). It is this unique wedding of mercy and justice that Christians seek to bring to the public square, and which animates their conservatism as they serve and advocate in Washington and around the nation.

Rob Schwarzwalder, Sr. Vice President, Family Research Council, has been Chief of Staff to two Members of Congress and is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society.

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  • toomuchinfo

    “There is no biblical mandate for redistribution of justly-earned property.”

    Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition. Oops, was that conflagratory?

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  • PresidentItsnotmyfault

    Conservative when it comes to personal discretion, liberal (not to be confused with today’s liberalism) when it comes to mercy and forgiveness, and silent when it comes to matters of no importance, Christianity both encompasses and transcends political and social philosophies.

  • oeno

    I hope that the other piece was satire. This piece was weak at best. It is the sort of exegesis I would expect from my five year old nephew.

    • rob s.

      Kindly give specifics as to why it was weak.