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March 7, 2014

The Christian Lawyer

Welcome to my blog. My name is Steve Atherton and I am a Christian Lawyer.  To some that may suggest that I handle First Amendment freedom of religion cases or try only just causes. In my case, it simply means that I am a Christian who happens to be an attorney. My practice, since becoming a Christian, has been an extension of the ministry the Lord has given to me. As He showed me, God is love and anything done in love is of God. Therefore I have taken to heart his admonition to do all things heartily as unto the Lord and, when it comes to serving my clients, who are my masters according to the Scripture, I seek to serve them as unto Him much like we read about Daniel serving Nebuchadnezzar or Joseph, Potiphar and Pharaoh.

This blog, however, is not about the law specifically nor is it a place for the dissemination of legal advice. Rather, this site is about my Lord Jesus Christ and what He says not about what I say. He is the rock that we are to build our houses upon. His Word is to be a lamp unto our feet. It is to His Word that we are to yield our lives and conform. Sadly, when I listen to most of what passes for God’s Word in the pulpit or from the purported talking heads on TV, I am not hearing Jesus (who is the Word of God) being preached, but rather the vain words of peoples imaginations. As distressing as that is to hear, I cannot condemn them for I have done the same thing many many times myself. Answering questions with what I think rather than what I know. It does not matter what I think about anything and it should not matter to you what anyone thinks about anything. What matters is what God thinks because He is TRUTH. So in this blog, my goal is to search the Scriptures diligently, to pray and seek the Lord so that I can share with you His answers to many questions that relate to this life. In it, I expect to contrast His answer with the leaven of Herod (i.e. government) and of the pharisees (i.e. false religious leaders) which seems to dominate most peoples minds today.

To give you a taste of what I have in mind to do, let me lay out a few fundamental points that I plan to address in detail.

1. God did not ordain nor establish civil government. Rather civil government only exists because of man’s rebellion to God.
2. The only government that God ordained and established is the Kingdom of God, which is manifest to this world in the Body of Jesus Christ, which is His Church.
3. We get the government that we deserve because God gives us rulers after our own heart.

The implications of these truths are far reaching and touch every facet of modern life from health care, warfare and welfare to our families, work places and the resolution of our disputes. My goal is to prove these fundamental truths, based upon a diligent study of the Scripture, and then prayerfully apply those truths to the common issues of the day, drawing upon the multitude of examples found in the Bible. After all, the walk of faith is an exceedingly practical endeavor and the promise of God is that Jesus is beautiful for situation and I am sure you would agree that we do not lack for situations in which we could use His help. I will also, from time to time, comment upon and/or point you to teachings, movies, songs and the like that I believe will strengthen you in the faith.

As I move forward with this blog, I hope you will come along for the journey. May the Lord Bless you as you seek Him and guide you, as I pray He guides me, to know and walk in His ways.