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Government Sponsored Misery


Our Founding Fathers liked to refer to good government as that which is benign. In a medical context, a benign growth is good news. It means you do not have cancer. A benign government refers to that which is kind, gracious, propitious, pleasant, non-malignant and self-limiting. In other words, government should not hurt. Like most growths, if we discover that we have one, we prefer them to be small and non-cancerous. While they may get in the way or cause minor discomfort at times, they are generally harmless.

I wish the same could be said of our federeal government today. The prophet Isaiah aptly described our present condition when he wrote:

Woe to those who decree unrighteous decrees, who write misfortune, which they have prescribed
Isaiah 10:1

From a biblical perspective, unrighteousness or sin is like cultural cancer. When our government actually decrees unrighteous laws, we reap misfortune. It’s like the man who keeps smashing his fingers with a hammer. The pain is totally self-inflicted. Bad government is like a quick spreading malignant tumor on the backs of the people.

Our President is set to give his State of the Union address at a time when, according to the latest Rasmussen poll, only 30% of Americans believe we are headed in the right direction. Let’s pray he is hearing the concerns of “We the People” and that the government sponsored misery will turn benign! 

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