What does one do when his or her government is too big to work?
How do we get out of the dead end we find ourselves in: expecting too much from our government and getting an increasingly incompetent, overwhelmed government instead.
Part of the answer is understanding what we have lost
Our government didn’t exponentially grow for no reason at all.
It grew because there was and is a moral vacuum in the lives of its citizens.
As we retreated into ourselves, it advanced.
As we withdrew from the moral sphere, it occupied it.
But we were also led into that moral retreat.
Having worked (and continuing to work) to destroy the moral center and break free of all constraints, our out-of-touch and pseudo-sympathetic elites have nothing viable to replace it with.
They have expanded their importance, intruding into area after area of life with greater and greater regulation, and like it that way!
Following their lead, the majority of our citizens have also broken free of all restraints and have enthroned their Self at the summit of all meaning and importance.
So now both the elites, and the lawless masses, have a vested interest in personal irresponsibility and an all-responsible government.
Our Founding Fathers warned us that our system was predicated on a moral citizenry, a system that balanced liberty with God’s Law.
They predicted that when the citizens realized they could use the government to enrich themselves, to take money from others and give it to themselves, the end of true liberty would soon come.
The missing something is a repentant, morally responsible, caring citizenry under God.
The reason we are in this predicament is because a critical mass of individuals no longer have a moral center, and no longer come from families that instill that moral center early in life.
It is why more than one Founding Father noted that our system is built entirely on the premise of a moral citizenry.
Children no longer memorize and live by the Ten Commandments, and no longer taught to practice the Golden Rule.
Their Lord is no longer God but self, so their Savior is no longer Jesus Christ but the government.
So the first step towards changing things is repenting of our autonomy, our moral lawlessness, our abdication of personal responsibility for the welfare of others, and our all-consuming, devouring from within, self-idolatry.
It’s not “the government is the problem” or “they are the problem.”
It’s “I am the problem. Neither Government nor I can solve the problem of me. But God can!”
It’s turning our life and our will over to God, and taking ourselves out of our own care and placing it into His care.
I grew up a very privileged child of affluence, to parents who pretty much left me alone and who left me to fend for myself.
I was raised to cherish privacy, personal autonomy, and self interest.
By the time I was in my late teen’s, I was a lawless, vicious, grasping person with no mercy and no concern for others.
But I was also an addicted, miserable, out-of-control person that tried belief after belief looking for a way out.
Then Christ chased me down and began to introduce Himself to me–giving me the space to hit bottom and the freedom to realize turning over control to Him was the only way out.
And when I did finally surrender, He filled me with His compassionate, uplifting, caring, honest Self, making me a new person.
Unlike the man I used to be, I began to care about others and serve others.
I began to be a force for goodness and healing and reconciling people to God, because I was under His influence.
I began to obey laws, respect boundaries, and be a man of peace.
I became a low-maintenance citizen that met needs and decreased the crisis in others.
Which is why, in all honesty, I confidently say that the only cure for bloatocracy and anarchy is conversion.
When a critical mass of people aren’t just religious or moral, but converted by Christ and turned into new people, then the goodness rippling out from them will begin to repair, restore, and heal the broken moral foundations of our society.
There won’t be nearly as much for any government to do.
Instead of overthrowing a government, conversion makes it morally redundant.
The inner government of God, restraining evil and releasing His goodness through willing hearts, tames the beast within, and therefore tames the beast outside.
So the challenge isn’t out there. It’s really in here.
The challenge is on all of us and each of us: be converted into new people by Christ, and regaining a living, free moral center, or go on as we are and ending up in a failed stated in a failed society.
There is a solution!