When you become an adult, you learn things. You learn that stuff costs money. You learn that you can’t live people’s lives for them. You learn that it’s better if people earn the money to pay for their own candy bars and soft pillows. And you also learn that that it’s almost impossible to have a government powerful enough to stop everyone who might want to do a bad thing . . . and that if you could create a government that powerful, you wouldn’t want to live under it.
Remember this front page from the New York Daily News?
We probably just need to collect more taxes and spend some more money. I’m sure that’s the problem
Following the San Bernardino shootings last year, the NYDN ripped the Republicans whose tweets you see listed. According to them, these four men could “end the gun scourge”. God can’t fix it but these guys can. How? By passing gun control. Got that? Pass a law against guns and there will be no more guns. Easy peasy. Such is the power of the almighty government, at least in the imaginations of people who desperately want it to be so.
But it’s not so. People of wisdom know this. Government can set parameters of behavior and offer some modicum of protection against harm, but it can’t end evil because it can’t change what’s in people’s hearts.
This is what’s really ironic about the people who reject the sovereignty of the actual living God. He can solve all this. He can change people’s hearts if they will only turn to Him. He can redeem us. He can restore and purify us. Yet the wordly and learned scoff at this notion, insisting there is no God because science has all the answers and the existence of God can’t be proven through science. Thus, you’re a fool to believe in God.
Yet these same people believe government has the ability to “end the gun scourge” and do all kinds of other things, and all that’s required is for those who run this blowtorch of power is to want to do so. Pass a law. Spend some money. Everything you want to be will be.
And it’s not just guns. A lunatic like Stephen Pollack murders 58 people, and you start to hear complaints about “our mental health system,” as if passage of the right laws and enough funding for mental hospitals will mean no more psychos will commit mass murder. Everything wrong that ever happens would not happen if only the government would take some action that’s apparently easy as pie to take.
That’s the real tragedy here. A nation that’s rejected the true God puts is faith in a government of men to do the things that only God can do, and then can’t believe it isn’t happening.