Rational Thinking About the Role Of Government

Now that the dust has settled somewhat following the recent mid-term election cycle, what can we learn?  It appears to me that more than any other lesson we can take away from what happened is that in large part the American people see the potential problems with big government and its propensity to overreach its legitimate functions.  We seem to be learning that while more “government assistance” seems attractive there is a recognition that the promises of governmental benefit, of a utopia managed by a bureaucracy composed of fallible human beings,  are always yoked with a loss of individual freedom and independence.  The results seem to resonate with what President Ronald Reagan said: “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.”  Clearly freedom is not a condition that comes upon us as if by magic.  It is like E. F. Hutton’s way of making money the old fashioned way — we have to earn it.  And, it seems to me like more than during any election I can remember, voters really took a focused look at the function of government and it’s proper role in our society. The nature of the election with its emphasis on the government’s role, especially with regard to healthcare, may have a profound impact on elections and governmental responsibilities way into the future.  Perhaps we will avoid the sort of government take-over experienced by the Israelis when they rejected the Lord their God in favor of an earthly king.  The nature of the freedoms lost then may have been different then the consequences we experience through runaway government control today, but they are just as real and just as “taxing.”  Here is the message God sent to the people regarding their desire for a king:

“This is what the king who will reign over you will claim as his rights: He will take your sons and make them serve with his chariots and horses, and they will run in front of his chariots.  Some he will assign to be commanders of thousands and commanders of fifties, and others to plow his ground and reap his harvest, and still others to make weapons of war and equipment for his chariots.  He will take your daughters to be perfumers and cooks and bakers. He will take the best of your fields and vineyards and olive groves and give them to his attendants. He will take a tenth of your grain and of your vintage and give it to his officials and attendants.  Your male and female servants and the best of your cattle and donkeys he will take for his own use.  He will take a tenth of your flocks, and you yourselves will become his slaves. When that day comes, you will cry out for relief from the king you have chosen, but the LORD will not answer you in that day.”

1 Samuel 8:11-18

 

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About ronfurg

Former naval officer, federal investigator, forensic scientist, senior executive service member and pastor. In retirement serves as volunteer and life group leader at New Life Christian Church (www.newlife4me.com). Devoted to beautiful wife, kids and grandkids. Looking forward to the time when every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord of all and that He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.
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