Friday, November 20, 2009

Government Idolatry

A US judge has ruled that negligence by the US Army Corps of Engineers led to massive floods in parts of New Orleans as Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005.

We live in an age where our government is believed to be our savior. If you do not believe that God is in control of this world, you need to find some entity that is and for an increasing number of people, that entity is the government. This no-doubt explains why more and more people are just fine with a bigger U.S. government and why people will embrace the coming world-wide government.

Idolatry is worshiping anything ahead of God. You are worshiping the government when you expect them to indemnify you against acts of God. God commissioned governments to act on His behalf to maintain order and see that justice is served (Genesis 9:6). Expecting anything beyond that is putting government ahead of God and is idolatry. The move toward government insured health care is idolatry. Any dependency on government beyond their keeping the peace is idolatry. As our system of entitlements grow, dependency on government grows and thus idolatry grows.

Idolatry is sin and sin always has consequences. God is long suffering and has mercy on us giving us an opportunity to repent but the day will come when it is clear that further waiting will not make any difference. When God warned about the coming world-wide flood in Noah's day, "the LORD said, 'My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, for he is indeed flesh'" (Genesis 6:3, NKJ).

If our government has to start fully compensating those with losses from Katrina in New Orleans, this will be just one more factor causing our debt to spiral out of control. This is the result of a debased mind. Any rational person can see that such pay-outs are unsustainable. Our excessive national debt will have consequences. Our government is spending like there is no tomorrow and everyone seems to be OK with this. The general attitude appears to be: "Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die!" (1 Corinthians 15:32, NKJ)

Well tomorrow will come, and we will suffer the consequences of our sins. Thank God we have a Savior so that we do not have to suffer the worst consequence of our personal sin. So worship God, not Gov!

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