Saturday, May 01, 2010

What Obama does not know will hurt us

President Obama received some honorary degree today as Presidents often do. This one from the uber-liberal University of Michigan. While giving the address he made sure to take a shot at all those who speak poorly of the government. Now, make no mistake about it, usually when the government tells you to stop being "anti-government" it means that they want you to take your medicine like a good little serf. However, I want to deal with a broader point. This quote is what I want to focus on.

"But what troubles me is when I hear people say that all of government is inherently bad," said Obama, who received an honorary doctor of laws degree. "When our government is spoken of as some menacing, threatening foreign entity, it ignores the fact that in our democracy, government is us."

President Obama could not be more wrong. When people talk of the government being inherently bad it is precisely because the government is us. This is the fundamental problem with liberalism. It fails to recognize that people are inherently bad. And when people gather into a state, nothing changes at all. Christianity calls it Total Depravity. This is why we need government. This is why our Founding Fathers made checks and balances: to restrain the evil within us as much as possible. The more spread out the power the less likely we are to be dominated by an evil tyrant. The fact that the state is evil because it is made up of sinful people is why we cannot “put our trust in princes” as the Bible so constantly warns us. They are sinful and they will either fail us or turn on us. Trust cannot be place in man. And it is because man is inherently sinful. Even the redeemed on this side of paradise struggle with the remnants of sin in us. The only one who was without sin is the eternal Godman, Jesus Christ. Only upon Him can we trust. Only in Him can we find salvation. Only to Him can we 100% submit without worry. Because only King Jesus is without sin, and His rule and His kingdom will be one of righteousness and godliness.

President Obama’s failure to grasp this fundamental point of existence is very dangerous. One who puts his trust in man, in the state, in power, or in himself is doomed to fail, and will probably bring about ruin as he tries to bring about "progress". President Obama is right: the government is us. And that fact is why we know that the government is indeed inherently evil.

4 Comments:

James said...

What a horrible, pessimistic view of humanity. It's interesting how a majority of scientist, environmentalist and liberals are atheist. In my view, these people are trying to make a better world for us to live in. Finding a way to cure our illnesses and give us longer lives. Protecting our lands so our children can enjoy them. And providing aid to the poor so to improve their lives. While you may disagree with the methods they use, you should never question their motives. These people view humanity as good and worth preserving. The past two centuries man has used religion as a way to control man. Those days are coming to an end. Maybe it's time we put more trust in man, instead of suppressing it with religion.

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Lee said...

James,
It may be a pessimistic view of humanity, but the question is whether or not it is right. You are asking people to put their trust in "man". You had better have a reason to back it up.

Of course the main problem with your comment is the idea that man created religion, which is what you are saying when you state "man has used religion as a way to control man." Of course the origin of that thinking is Karl Marx himself with "religion is the opiate of the people", and has been subscribed to by many people since then. It is easy to see why you want to put your faith in man because it appears man is all there is for you. I hope that is incorrect, but if it is one wonders what role religion can play for you?

You list some worthy goals such as curing illnesses, aiding the poor and protecting the planet. All of which the liberal "Faith in man" point of view has failed to do and indeed done the exact opposite. Just take a look at all of our foriegn aid to places like Haiti and see if it has done any raising people out of poverty. Or look at raising the minimum wage and the corresponding rise in unemployment of teenagers (over 50%) and see if it has actually helped anything. Faith in man is putting faith in the finite, the short-sided, and the fallen. Such a practice leads down roads no man should dare to tred.