The role of God and government
The other day DandleBlog wrote an article about a Methodist minister who became an atheist. She describes the experience with religious-like terms:
[I’ve] never felt so appreciated and cared for . . . New member, just been born — that’s what it feels like.
How sad. Although, as The Dandler points out, one must wonder if she ever knew Christ to begin with.
God desires to be the biggest influence on our lives, but in His absence, what will fulfill His role? Many things can, in the sense that it could be the most important thing in your life. Sex, atheism, politics, money and practically anything else can all compete with God for space in our lives. God has a lot of roles that He provides us: Savior, Comforter, Healer, Protector. What else could possibly fulfill those roles?
Government attempts to. It provides us with education, and federally subsidized loans if we pursue higher education. If we lose our job, unemployment is there to help. Medicare and Medicaid pay for our health services, Social Security is there when we retire. If the economy is floundering, government steps in with stimulus packages. If there’s a disaster, government sends money. There hardly isn’t anything we can do without interacting with the government in some way about it.
Indeed the most oppressive governments make sure to ban religion altogether, or at least heavily regulate it. I believe that the leaders of those nations, past and present, realize that they’re fulfilling a role that God used to, is supposed to. They don’t want competition, especially from some all-powerful omniscient deity. Who can compete with that?
And that’s just the point; no one can compare to the glory of God. While governments may try, they ultimately will fall short in attempting to fill His shoes, while leaving us with a society that’s merely a shell of what it is supposed to be.