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The Tyrannical Nanny
5 October 2013
The continuing soap-opera drama in Washington D.C. over the federal budget — which has led to a partial government shutdown — speaks volumes about where our country is at and where it is headed.
An article on the Fox News Web site Thursday opened with an insightful statement and urgent question: "For all its downsides, the budget stalemate has helped shed light on a pressing question — which parts of the government can Americans live without?"
For an it-would-be-funny-if-it-weren't-so-sad satire of the shutdown, don't miss Daniel Greenfield's Government Shuts Down, Nation Descends into Riots, Looting and Cannibalism.
During the hundred or so years before the United States became an independent nation, as well as the hundred or so years afterwards, immigrants flocked to America in order to escape governmental tyranny. They didn't arrive here looking for government hand-outs and support. They simply wanted the freedom and opportunity to work hard and build lives for themselves without the burden of government oppression. It wasn't at all easy to leave everything behind and make the dangerous voyage to the New World, but ubiquitous tyranny forced many to leave Europe to search for a better way.
The Founding Fathers of the United States purposely established a small, unobtrusive government, with plenty of checks and balances, in order to avert the possibility of tyrannical European-style government taking root in America.
Imagine the shock and horror these Founding Fathers would be feeling in our day if they could see the tyrannical government their descendants have created — the very system they were trying to escape from and prevent! The last thing on their minds was the modern Nanny State. Lest there is any doubt about the overbearing control exerted by modern government policy, let's take a few moments to survey the landscape:
The American government and the American people are living WAY beyond their means. Rather than cutting back, eliminating luxuries and waste, getting back to basics, and living in reality, America lives in a fantasy world sustained by massive debt. Sooner rather than later that illusion will come crashing down, and America will have a rude and extremely painful awakening.
For an excellent article on government bloat, waste, and the current budget crisis, see Daniel Greenfield's The Sun Sets on Washington D.C.
I've written a number of articles in the past about the financial and governmental problems of the United States, so I don't want to go into any more detail here. I encourage you to read the following articles for more information about these important subjects:
Unfortunately, the Titanic U.S. is heading full speed ahead for the gargantuan iceberg of debt, which sooner or later is going to sink this country like that mountain of ice sank the ship. And just like the officer and crew of the Titanic, the governmental leaders in the U.S. are too overconfident, blind and stupid to change course before it's too late.
Tragically, the leaders of the church in America are just as overconfident, blind and stupid. Rather than going back to what the Bible teaches, they try to invent all sorts of new gimmicks to address these problems. Rather than conform to the principles in the New Testament, the church in the West is caught up in its own humanistic thinking and methods, as I have shared about in The Myth of a Christian Nation and Pagan Christianity?
I have already mentioned this in Billions and Billions of Dollars Ago... and some other articles, but it is so important that I must share it again here, in a somewhat different form. There is a simple solution to all of these problems which would transform our nation and revolutionize our Christianity.
What if ... ALL the churches in America sold ALL of their property and buildings, and laid off ALL of their paid staff, and used ALL of the resulting money to help the needy in American instead of spending it on themselves, as they do now?
What if ... the church in America told the U.S. government: "From now on, WE will be completely responsible for education, medical care, social security, helping the poor, and protecting the environment — it's no longer your responsibility"?
Imagine all that could be accomplished by such a simple but radical agenda:
Imagine the impact such a radical repentance and radical lifestyle would have on America, and the whole world! Such a step would revolutionize our society, our government and our faith. It would replace the Nanny State with the Good Samaritan Commonwealth. And I'm not even talking about individual Christians selling all they have and giving to the poor, but just the Institutional Church itself.
So why is this simple solution not being implemented? Why is it not even being talked about? Am I the only one who thinks this is a good idea?
Could it be that many pastors are, in ruling over their little church kingdoms, as addicted to power and control as our national leaders in Washington D.C.? Are pastors as unwilling to put themselves out of a job as government workers are? Even if, in both cases, it would be for the good of the nation?
Or is the fault to be found more in the church goers rather than the church leaders? Have they been so brainwashed by 1,700 years of church history that they cannot conceive of meeting together without church buildings? Have Christians been so spoiled by having pastors do all the work that they just couldn't imagine having to do the work of the ministry themselves?
Abandoning church buildings and property as well as paid clergy and staff would be the best thing to happen to Christianity in 1,700 years. It would also be the best thing to happen to this nation in its much shorter history. The tyrannical Nanny can be deposed — so what are we waiting for?
Just the day after I posted this article I came across a very relevant article on the NBC News Web site: As U.S. struggles with health reform, the Amish go their own way. Here are some interesting excerpts:
I'm starting to think that if the vast majority of American Christianity can't even get to this level, then there is no way the ideas I shared above would work. If American Christians could get their act together and follow the good example of the Amish, then it just might be possible we would have something to offer to the whole nation. But if we can't even extricate ourselves from the Nanny State, how can we expect to rescue the entire nation from it?
... it is not the idea of health insurance the Amish reject. The close-knit communities essentially insure themselves. "We have our own health care," said a retired Amish carpenter. "They (hospitals) give you a bill," he said. "If you can't pay it, your church will." The Amish system is a little more complicated than that....
While practices vary by community, most Amish fund their health care through a system that merges church aid, benefit auctions and negotiated discounts with local hospitals — promising quick cash payment in exchange for lower rates.
"The way they come together to pay for health care is amazing," said Jan Bergen, chief operating officer at Lancaster General Health. "It's a tithing. Their sense of responsibility extends beyond themselves and to the community."
"The basic religious reason driving their resistance is that, as a religious faith, the church community should take care of its own members," said Donald Kraybill, author of The Amish and professor at Elizabethtown College. "If there's a disaster like a tornado, fire or hospital bill, the community should come together for that."
"We don't want government paying for our things," said an Amish man from Kinzers, Pennsylvania. "We want to pay our own way." The man from Kinzers said his community relies on two funds. Nearly every family contributes monthly to a hospital aid fund, while large bills are also paid with free-will offerings.
I think the Amish man quoted above sums it up best: "We don't want government paying for our things. We want to pay our own way." AMEN!
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