#195 From God to Government

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Adam and Eve ate the apple because they wanted to be God. That desire has not gone away, and recently, we are seeing even more evidence of it.

Our society is moving from “God to Government” and the implications don’t look great.

 

Worldview

Christian Worldview to secular worldview

The Christian Worldview says God created a perfect world, fallen humans have messed it up, and we find redemption through Jesus Christ. Support for abortion provides ample evidence that many people don’t believe humans are created by God; I will cite many examples of the denial of the fallen nature in the next few statements. If we’re not fallen, who needs a savior for redemption?

Fallen to not fallen

The defund the police movement was based in the assumption that humans are not fallen. If you just leave them alone, peace will break out. This is not a theoretical belief system. It’s been proven over and over again, that if you reduce punishments, crime increases, as it is in America today.

From serving God to being “god”

In the book The Rise & Triumph of the Modern Self Carl Trueman explains why people believe they are “A woman trapped in a man’s body,” or the opposite. The supposition is objectively false, but the concept of expressive individualism has led folks to believe they can do it. Maybe it’s the best evidence for the departure from the Christian Worldview, because people don’t believe they were created by God, so they can create themselves. Frightening.

 

Economics

Supply side to demand side

Keynesians believe that during an economic downturn, the economy should be stimulated by shifting the demand curve out. The measure of that effort is called the Philips curve, and it has been shown to work in the short run, but not in the long run. In the long run, you end up with employment returning to its natural rate, but with the added debt that was accumulated to shift the demand curve. When shown this, John Maynard Keynes agreed, and responded, “In the long run, we’re all dead.” What a selfish thing to say. In about twenty years, I might be dead, but my Dallas Baptist University sophomores will be in the middle of their careers, struggling to pay off the debt our country has accumulated. I’ve told them many times, that they will look back on the years from 2019-2023 and ask why the national debt moved from $20 to $30 trillion in just four years.

Free market capitalism to socialism

This is the most dangerous movement in economics. The title “Free Market Capitalism” reveals its intent in the title, because it calls for free exchange of goods and services. Socialism is based in power, where producers and consumers are coerced to exchange goods in a way the government wants them to.

From private investment to government crowding out

To help my sophomores at Dallas Baptist University do well on their weekly quiz, I ask if we should smoke cigarettes. The obvious answer is “no.” “So we should nix cigs!” is exclaim, which helps them remember the equation for Gross Domestic Product: Y = C + I + G + NX. In the last quarterly GDP report, Consumption and Government Spending were up. Investment was down. That means we have a good short-term economy, but a bad long-term economy, because there is not enough investment being made.

 

Governance

Biden’s Sphere Sovereignty to Economic humanism

Biden’s Sphere Sovereignty is the title of my podcast #111. I caught him admitting that government could not solve some specific problem, so I took the opportunity to make it the title of a podcast. Economic Humanism is the title of my podcast #21, which explains how humans think they can do just about anything. After eating the apple, Adam and Eve found it didn’t work that way.

US Revolution to the French Revolution

In his book Last Call for Liberty, Os Guinness explains the difference in the US revolution, which defended religious freedom, and the French revolution, which deposed religion. You’re welcome to notice which was more sustainable and successful. Yuval Levin dug deeper into the philosophical underpinnings of the two revolutions in his very good book The Great Debate.

 

The Divine to Humanism

From humility to hubris

Before Netflix produced the TV series titled The Crown, I didn’t care at all about the British royalty. I still think it’s rather interesting that one of the most sophisticated and developed countries in the world has a king and queen. The reason Ginger and I enjoy the program is because the writing is so good. During the first two seasons, they have the Queen say quite often, “Sometimes the most difficult thing to do is nothing.” That’s very good advice, but only if you believe there is a God who guards and guides. If you don’t believe in an active God, then humans would never accept that advice. Which is exactly why currently, we are hearing the ridiculous humanist statement from climate activists, “I can change the weather.” When I hear the chicken little’s proclaiming that they sky is falling, I think about Toto pulling back the curtain and revealing the Wizard in the movie The Wizard of Oz.

 

Religion

From admired to dangerous

Jim Denison is about the smartest guy I know in the Christian culture space. I write a 1500-word podcast once a week, he writes the same amount five days a week! Denison makes the observation that the public perception of Christianity has gone from admired to tolerated to dangerous.

From Christmas as Christ’s birth to a Winter Celebration

We have many of these examples in our own communities. I heard this one from reporter Laura Logan at the CEO Summit at Liberty University recently. She told about being with a Catholic priest in Paris, who asked her to look out over the city and observe what was missing. It was December, and there were no Christmas lights to be seen. Some of my friends complain about the commercial Christmas push starting too early. While I know what they mean, I actually have the view that you can’t start the celebration of Christ’s birth TOO EARLY for me. I know, that’s not what the stores are doing, but they can’t stop me from celebrating Christ’s birth in October.

 

Turning this big ship around

When I appeared on Dennis Prager’s Fireside Chat, his last question was about whether I was an optimist or a pessimist. I said that I am known as the Christian Economist. The economist in me is a pessimist, but the Christian in me is an optimist. That’s because, even though we’ve been in economic messes like this before, God somehow seems to rescue us. While we shouldn’t get in trouble, just because God will save us. We are in trouble now, and I believe that even though humans continue to express their fallen nature, God has never changed.

In a fast-changing environment, it’s good to hold onto something that does not change.

 

Fear God
Tell the Truth
Earn a Profit

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