Monday, March 20, 2006

Is Anyone Else Worried About This?

I'm glad to see I'm not the only one who is thinking along these lines.

I drafted a post awhile back where I said, in defense of Bush, that everyone who proposes political solutions is guilty of this. Whether it is Republicans and free markets, Democrats and education, or Libertarians and freedom from government, the underlying approach is flawed, because at its heart it operates on the assumption that people are inherently good. At its core, the problem is a spiritual one, not a political one, because we know from Scripture that people are inherently bad (the "steely Biblical realism" that Dan talks about).

But those other folks aren't in control right now; Bush is. So I hope and pray that he does recognize that liberation from a dictatorship without freedom from the slavery of sin will only take the country so far.

2 comments:

BugBlaster said...

Yes I had read that as well, Matt.

Democracy is not the answer, but Christ is. John Adams had it right.

The Mains said...

Right on.

John MacArthur wrote a book called "Why Government Can't Save You". I haven't read it, but the title is good.

I think your last line nails it:

"liberation from a dictatorship without freedom from the slavery of sin will only take the country so far."

This statement seems to acknowledge that liberation from dictatorship will be progressive and beneficial to the people of Iraq. This is true, and shouldn't be overlooked. And yet, you say, democratic government will "only take the country so far".

True True.

A related news story this week comes from Afghanistan where the democratically elected government recently arrested Abdul Rahman. His crime: conversion to Christianity. He faces the death penalty.