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Big God or big government?

Clergy View-Jan. 17

Posted: January 16, 2014 - 5:15pm

I’m not a big government guy. Perhaps it was my upbringing. Years ago, I remember hearing about the Antichrist and the mark of the beast in my church. I was shaken to the core when I considered a government so threatening and powerful. I vowed not to take the mark of the beast and I didn’t want to be controlled by people who viewed God with utter contempt.

I once thought this future government would gain control because of charismatic leadership or absolute military power. However, I am starting to wonder if there will be another reason. Could it be that someday, people will wake up and discover that they have become so dependent upon the government, that they can no longer live without it? Will they then be willing to sacrifice their moral beliefs to secure all its benefits and privileges? Will they ultimately recognize the government, rather than God, to be the key to their life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness?

We know that, in the early years of our country, the government had a much more limited role. There were far fewer laws controlling the way we lived. In addition, there was an accepted moral law that formed the basis of our laws. This moral law was the ultimate authority of how we conducted ourselves. George Washington wisely said, “It is impossible to rightly govern a nation without God and the Bible.”

Much has changed since then. Today, this great country has been effectively persuaded to embrace secularism. We live as if we no longer need God. This philosophy has been perpetuated through radical interpretations of the separation of church and state. The natural consequence of this reasoning is that our government no longer is submitted to any higher power than itself. It is now free to grow and control as it pleases.

Tragically, under this philosophy, Christianity has become a threat rather than a necessity for a safe and prosperous society. What a reversal from our glorious past! Already, militant secularists are winning the battle of hearts and minds and decreasing the influence of moral law in our society. Those who stand for biblical truth are increasingly disenfranchised. In this culture of tolerance, a biblical worldview is no longer tolerated.

I may not be a big government guy but I am a big God guy. I still believe there is hope for our nation. It is not too late. We may be in a season of spiritual darkness but the moral light of our founding fathers can shine again. Millions still believe in the God of the Bible and recognize the value of prayer. Together, let’s restore the family altar. Let’s pray with our children tonight. Let’s pray with a friend this week. Let us restore prayer into our daily lives and rediscover the blessings that only come from serving Him. With God all things are possible!