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.

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3 responses to “The role of God and government”

  1. allaboutbabystewart says :

    wow! I never actually made that connection before! I agree and am even more concerned for out future because each generation seems to rely and expect more and more from the government.

  2. The Dandler says :

    Hey there! Thanks for the shout out on your blog, good sir! Your writing is excellent, and I’m looking forward to more. This particular post was great, and I recommend reading Thomas Paine’s Common Sense, if you haven’t already. Thomas Paine was a Deist and a rampant anti-Christian, but his political ideas were sound. I’ve always had some doubts about the validity of our revolution – did we have a right, before God, to kill and throw off the government that was oppressing us? His arguments, ironically using the Bible he so hated, got me more in line with thinking, “Yup. Let’s get ’em” The main thrust is that government has come to replace God, so all good Christians must basically throw off that ungodly surrogate!

    • The Existential Christian says :

      Thanks for the response! I have not read Common Sense, although I’ve seen it referenced. I too once questioned the validity of our revolution… and still do to some extent. War is a terrible thing to try to justify. However, I think it about time we had one! No, I take that back.
      I found some articles written by John Cobin on the subject of Christians and public policy which has shaped my view somewhat, although I’m not sure I agree with him on every point. Interesting reading nonetheless.

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