the primary questions for each of us to answer, to ourselves;
Who/what do I recognize as the ultimate authority and provider, God or government?
Do my daily decisions reflect it?
Then saith he unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's; and unto God the things that are God's. Matthew 22:17-21King James Version (KJV)
-- most people attribute that biblical instruction solely to the context of taxation. I contend it also applies to authority and faith, and that is significantly in context with our founding concepts/principles. IMO - going to the core of our current issues. Who/what do 'you' recognize as the ultimate authority and provider, where does 'your' faith lie, God or government??
Next, it’s a matter of Scripture. Jesus said, “Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s and give to God what is God’s. What are we to give to “Caesar” and what are we to give to God? It’s obvious from the context (Matthew 22:17-21) that our government is to get our tax money. The Bible also tells us to “be subject to the governing authorities. For there is not authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God” (Romans 13:1, ESV). While we are to give to the government our tax money and our submission to its laws (when they do not clearly contradict the law of God), the reason we give these to the government is because the sovereign God has placed us in our native country and has placed the U.S. government over us. While one way we show our devotion to God is by obeying the government He has placed over us, we are to ultimately give to Him our lives and our total devotion. As much as we may love our country, we are to “love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind” (Matthew 22:37, ESV), and we are also to have no gods before Him (Exodus 20:3). This means we are not to bow down and adore anything or anyone, including our native country, and if we do, we break the command of God. When tempted to love our country over our God, we must echo the words and devotion of the apostles, Peter and John, when they declared, “We must obey God rather than men” (Acts 5:29, ESV).
a cyclic flaw in silly humans.. something viewing humanity in long-term terms (conservativeism?) was hoped to correct;
1 Samuel 8:1-22
6 But when they said, “Give us a king to lead us,” this displeased Samuel; so he prayed to the Lord. 7 And the Lord told him: “Listen to all that the people are saying to you; it is not you they have rejected, but they have rejected me as their king. 8 As they have done from the day I brought them up out of Egypt until this day, forsaking me and serving other gods, so they are doing to you. 9 Now listen to them; but warn them solemnly and let them know what the king who will reign over them will claim as his rights.”
.... silly humans are currently doing/have done it yet again.
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worth the watch
Amen!! I own this movie on Blu-ray!!
RESURRECTION, Jesus suffered and died on the Cross, so that we may go to Him for our Salvation! HAPPY EASTER, nice Graphics.
God vs. government
In the beginning God Created heaven and the earth. Quickly he was faced with a
class action suit for failure to file an environmental impact statement. He
was granted a temporary permit for the project, but was stymied with the Cease
and Desist order for the earthly part. Appearing at the hearing, God was asked
why he began his earthly project in the first place. He replied that he just
liked to be creative.
Then God said, "Let there be light." Officials immediately demanded to know how
the light would be made. Would there be strip mining? What about thermal
God explained that the light would come from a huge ball of fire. God was
granted provisional permission to make light, assuming that no smoke would
result from the ball of fire, that he would obtain a building permit, and (to
conserve energy) would have the light out half the time.
God agreed and said he would call the light "Day" and the darkness "Night."
Officials replied that they were not interested in semantics.
God said, "Let the earth bring forth green herb and such as many seed." The
EPA agreed so long as native seed was used.
Then God said, "Let waters bring forth creeping creatures having life; and the
fowl that may fly over the earth." Officials pointed out this would require
approval from the Department of Game coordinated with the Heavenly Wildlife
Federation and the Audubongelic Society.
Everything was OK until God said he wanted to complete the project in six days.
Officials informed him it would take at least 200 days to review the
application and the environmental impact statement. After that there would be a
public hearing. Then there would be 10-12 months before...
At this point God created Hell.
The (Natural) Laws Of Government
See the author's comments at the end.
|The First Law||Government expands. Government will continue expanding, unless acted upon by an external force.
First corollary: Government will spend all the revenue given to it, and then some.
Second corollary: There is nothing that government thinks itself incapable of doing competently.
Third corollary: There is nothing that government believes it is not empowered and authorized to do. It sees no practical limit to its meddling.
Fourth corollary: You can't have government without politics. You can't have politics without pork. You can't have politics without influence buyers and peddlers.
Fifth corollary: Government will violate all of your rights, if you permit it.
|The Second Law||The more high-minded the title of a piece of legislation sounds, the less likely it is that the legislation will actually accomplish anything worthwhile.
First corollary: Be especially wary of any bill with "equal," "fair" or any derivative thereof in its title.
Second corollary: if the legislation has broad, bipartisan support, it's even worse than you thought.
|The Third Law||When the government starts talking about reform, you can be sure things are about to get worse.
First corollary: Government created the problem in the first place and now it's trying to clean up its mess.
|The Fourth Law||Bureaucrats and so-called Public Servants are just as concerned about their job security as you are about yours. Rare is the bureaucrat who ever worked himself out of a job.
First corollary: Every government degrades to the point where perpetuating its assorted bureaucracies becomes more important than serving the needs of, or protecting the rights of citizens.
Second corollary: Each government bureaucracy seeks to expand its purview. ("Mission Creep")
|The Fifth Law||Government will be motivated by expediency rather than principle.
First corollary: Lots of lip service will be paid to high-minded principles, even as government violates your rights.
Second corollary: Promises made by government are good, at best, only until the next election. You were promised that the law would only go this far, and at first, that's what it did. Within a few years, it was expanded until it encroached into areas you'd been promised it would never touch.
Third corollary: A politician's first priority is to be reelected. He will best serve that constituency which makes reelection more likely.
|The Sixth Law||Government can't help. Government has one legitimate function — to ensure the equal protection of the laws for all citizens. Once government ventures beyond this single duty, it can only do (overall) harm through side-effects, lost opportunities and unintended consequences.
First corollary: Most of the time, government gets it exactly backwards. Legislation designed to help the poor is as likely to hurt them as to help. While any given law may benefit the targeted individuals in exactly the manner intended, the unintended consequences will result in overall harm to those beneficiaries as well as society in general.
Second corollary: When the inevitable results of their harmful policies manifest themselves, government will blame the free market, bankers, Wall Street, foreigners — anything but their own disastrous policies.
Third Corollary: Once their previous policies have failed, government will respond with yet more interference in the area it has previously disrupted.
|The Seventh Law||Politicians value perception over reality. They don't care if a policy is actually destructive as long as public opinion holds that it's beneficial. Perception is reality to politicians. Perceptions get them elected.|
|The Eighth Law||A typical government solution to any problem involves imposing more restrictions. Rare is the law which increases your freedom and / or options (or costs the taxpayers less).
First corollary: When government starts talking about doing more for you, they're talking about taking more of your money.
Second corollary: Your time has no value to government functionaries. You will be required to fill out forms, keep records, stand in lines and waste your time in countless ways to prove that you are in compliance with the demands made upon you.
|The Ninth Law||Every government program creates opportunities for abuse.
First corollary: For every needy, deserving person some program will help, there are many more just trying to figure out how to milk the program for all it's worth.
Second corollary: The bigger the budget, the more abusers it will attract.
|The Tenth Law||Government is men with guns. All laws have to be enforced. At some point, enforcement involves men with guns. When opining, "There ought to be a law," ask yourself, "Is this important enough to send men with guns to enforce?"|
I designate the foregoing as "laws" because, like the "Law of Gravity" or the "Law of Supply and Demand," these laws describe how the world works. They are natural laws. Just as Newton observed gravity at work to learn its nature, so too can we learn the nature of government by watching what it does. These laws are the result of decades of careful observation. They were empirically derived.
These laws are immutable truisms. There are people who believe that government doesn't have to behave as described and wouldn't, if only we can get the "right people" in charge. Baloney. Gravity acts like gravity and government acts like government. To raise something up in defiance of gravity requires application of force. Likewise, to prevent government acting in accordance with its nature, we, the people, must be the "external force" which acts upon government to constrain it. See the first law.
You may not "believe in" these laws but that's OK. You don't have to. You don't have to believe in gravity either, but it will still land you on your keister when you lose your balance.
The Laws of Government and this web site are © 1990-2011 by Warren Michelsen
Men must be governed by God or they will be ruled by tyrants.