CALIFORNIA March 15, 2013 ― One thing about the Obama administration: It’s making many of us to wonder how we ever got to such a divisive point in our nation’s history. After decades of fighting, the conflicts over illegal immigration, gun control and same-sex marriage are now reaching a boiling point. When you add issues like state’s rights issues, the purpose of our military, massive increases in government dependency, economic uncertainty, and the looming threat of Obamacare, it’s no wonder our nation’s stress levels are so high.
But what’s behind these conflicts?
Two worldviews are at war. One side sees government as a secular tool in the hands of enlightened leaders to meet our worldly needs. In effect, government is seen as an extension of mankind’s basic goodness and is evolving into a parental type role, keeping us in carefree adolescence our entire lives.
Since liberal (or progressive, if you prefer) politicians firmly believe in the benevolence of government (the danger is summarized in Proverbs 14:12), it’s OK to ignore the unimaginable suffering and death that 20th century absolutism gave the world through systems like Communism, Nazism, Fascism, and so on.
The other side sees government as a threat to personal liberty and responsibility as it attempts to control everything. This view, held by our nation’s founders, sees mankind as intrinsically selfish. Therefore, government must be restrained or it will become a powerful magnifier of our fallen nature and will corrupt everything within its reach.
The same competing worldviews see the morality of our fiscal issues quite differently.
Instead of dealing with the moral implications of unsustainable debt, the president and his statist accomplices in Congress have chosen to pursue political theater instead of real solutions. Look at the posturing over the last several months. We’ve endured: the “fiscal cliff”; demonizing of Bush tax cuts; the nobility of “paying a little bit more”; 11th hour debt ceiling increases; being told Sequestration will end the world as we know it; threats to discontinue continuing resolutions; the production of two competing, virtually irreconcilable ten-year budget blueprints. Even with all this smoke and mirrors, no substantive action was taken to resolve trillion-dollar budget deficits or our intergenerational national debt.
Scripture identifies the heart of the issue when it says the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil (1 Timothy 6:10). With enormous amounts of cash, whether from tax revenue, printing, or borrowing comes enormous opportunity for abuse. Money buys loyalty, breeds dependence, and demands homage (common failings, see 1 John 2:15-16). Yet what do we get for this? We get ever increasing numbers of ineffective, unnecessary government programs, with or without Constitutional authorization.
Is there any way out of our tax, borrow, print and spend death spiral? Besides using elections, I believe Biblically we’re to speak out in two ways. First, support leaders trying to implement fiscal sanity (only proper taxes, Romans 13:7) within proper government roles - exercising justice and allowing good to thrive (Romans 13:1-5; 1 Peter 2:13-14). Secondly, those unworthy of our respect need to be publically rebuked (Ephesians 5:11).
So who are the unworthy?
Those who create so much debt that future generations will never recover (Exodus 20:15).
Those who want to borrow 40 percent of every dollar spent without justification or public accountability (John 3:19).
Those who call a minor decrease in the higher-than-inflation-rate budget growth a budget cut (Proverbs 18:2).
Those who ignore hundreds of billions of dollars of waste in existing government programs yet claim every dime in a $3.6 trillion budget is desperately needed (Matthew 7:1-5).
Those who lie about wanting a “balanced” approach to debt reduction (i.e., tax now, cut later) but end up not cutting future spending (Proverbs 12:22).
Those who create divisiveness by pitting the rich against the poor, blacks against whites, and the young against the elderly to draw attention away from their own mistakes (Titus 3:10-11).
Those who foolishly promise unsustainable entitlement programs, then demand tax increases to meet those promises (Luke 14:28-30).
Those who threaten ridiculously dire Sequestration consequences, then purposely harm the greatest numbers of people to exact political revenge (Proverbs 20:14).
Most of our national leadership is in love with money, and money is the engine for power. Instead of inspiring our nation to work hard and improve our collective prosperity, our elected representatives confiscate and re-distribute wealth for their own ideological and prideful purposes (Proverbs 17:8).
Where this will end, I don’t know. But if these budget battles are not resolved responsibly, they’ll lead us into the final death phase of our republic and the loss of the freedoms our generation inherited.
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