Friday, June 26, 2009

Government, An Unreasonable God

It's absurd, so it is said, to believe that some "being" creating the material world, or a man named Jesus was raised from the dead. Such thinking is considered unreasonable. Of course the answer to such criticisms is that it is not at all unreasonable to believe that such feats were performed, if they were performed by an all powerful, transcendent and eminent God.

But such a God is unacceptable to the "reasonable" these days. So the one
true God is exchanged for a scaled down man sized version. Having disposed of any concept of eternal accountability, reason then finds its own existence in jeopardy as well.

Who was our God?
In describing the attributes of God, the same God to which this nation was once beholden, Christians use words like these:
  • Jehovah-Jireh,(God my provider)
  • Jehovah-Rapha, (God my Healer)
  • Jehovah-Roi, (God my Shepherd)
  • Jehovah-Shalom, (God my Peace)
Who is our new God?
Using these same words, on the other hand, one can also determine, regardless of lip service, who actually fills the position of God in one's life. A little contemplation on this may reveal how government has taken on God like status in our current state of affairs. It looks a little like this:
  • Gov.-Jireh, (the government that provides for me)
  • Gov.-Rapha, (the government that provides health care for me)
  • Gov.-Roi (the government that tells me what to do)
  • Gov.-Shalom ( )
One would think that with the affinity for "reason" those who attack creation claim to possess that they themselves would be reasonable. But the opposite is true as it turns out. Since unreasonableness is the natural consequence of the absence of god in a society's thinking, government assumes a God like posture in the modern mindset. For example consider the unreasonable and God-like attributes the people now expect from their government:
  • Changing of the global temperature
  • A life free from worry
  • Increased spending with less taxation
  • National security without a strong military or intelligence gathering
  • A moral economic environment without moral standards
  • The power to change the sea levels
  • To teach that even though life evolved from nothing and is heading to eternal nothingness, it is ultimately meaningful.  
  • Creating wealth by printing money.
  • The expending of infinite amounts of fiat-"wealth" so that the people can be assured of sowing as they desire without concerning themselves with what type of harvest will spring.
  • The creation of new energy sources simply by the denial of access to old ones, sort of like cutting off ones legs believing that wings will grow without considering life without either.
On Reason
It would appear that the appeal to reason is only legitimate when used to deny the legitimacy of an absolute standard existing outside of man. Beyond that, reason takes a holiday. The fact is however, that since God and Creation are both true and reasonable, the arguments made from the opposite sides of the political, moral and economic perspectives are consistent with the foundations upon which they stand. Let me explain. It is no more unreasonable to assert that:
  • as a man sows, so shall he reap
  • man was created by an all powerful God
  • that their are eternal consequences to our actions
  • that life has meaning
  • there are limits to what government can do to absolve us form our actions
  • there are absolute standards by which we must live in order to have an abundant life; both individually and corporately as a nation
-than it is reasonable to have faith that the opposite of all these are true. Furthermore, it is also a reasonable observation that, as the view of God has diminished in the national mindset, ungodly behavior such as crime, corruption, suicide, fatherless children, child abuse, CEO corruption and apathy has increased. How reasonable is it to assume that any of this will be stopped by now increasing what caused it? Not reasonable at all actually.
The brave new world we are entering is akin to the re-invention of the wheel. Scripture says that there is nothing new under the sun. We will prove this by unnecessary human suffering as we cast off all we know to grope around in the dark in search of a better way, only to rediscover that we are hopelessly trapped in our sinful man-ness, with only one way out: surrender to our maker, and accepting his terms for reconciliation.

8 comments:

Susan said...

I am so thankful my life and my destiny is in the hands of my Father God and my Savior, who reconciled me to God. Our nation is a mess, our world is in a mess and we are like a down hill train completely and totally out of earthly control what so ever...except for us who believe who are being held securely in our masters hand. MOST will worship their god (little g) to the very end.
Susan

Laura said...

"We will prove this by unnecessary human suffering as we cast off all we know to grope around in the dark in search of a better way, only to rediscover that we are hopelessly trapped in our sinful man-ness, with only one way out: surrender to our maker, and accepting his terms for reconciliation."

Wonderfully said! I have been down in the dumps today over the global warming bill. Sinfulness of humans and our fallen world explains every problem we have, but the world seeks worldly solutions and then wonders why they don't work (or they work for the Dems as long a they don't have to live with their solutions). I just wonder if our society will ever have the courage to recognize their errors and turn back to God. I feel they will be lost forever. May God bless those who put Him first.

Dan said...

Susan
You are absolutely right. We must pray that those who are caught up in this mess will turn to the one true God.

Laura

I'm with you Laura. I was riding in my car with my two young children as this insanity passed the house. I almost cried for them. I'm not surprised if one lunatic act's like a lunatic, but I am surprised that 219 otherwise intelligent people can get sucked into this global warming hoax. In the end however, I guess we get the government we deserve. The next thing we'll probably hear is how, because of this bill, the world was saved. Worse yet, people will believe it.

Kathy said...

Danny this is a great post. I pray that someone will read this and in the process their eyes will be opened. Wouldn't it be wonderful if someone really and truly seeking could read this and see Jesus for who He really is.

Nancy said...

Excellent post!

Sharon said...

I really like how you point out the absurdity of the government becoming "god-like". What a difference between the One true God and the government "god". It's all in the motivation and intention. God's nature is to give us power. The liberal government's goal is to give themselves power.

4simpsons said...

Outstanding post, Dan. They never seem to realize how unreasonable their version of reason is. I especially liked this line: "Having disposed of any concept of eternal accountability, reason then finds its own existence in jeopardy as well."

Dan said...

Thanks Neil. Reason is on the decline under the clarion call "reason!".