April 2, 2014

Replacing God with the State

By In Blogs, C.Jay Engel

It has been said that “a government big enough to give you everything you need, is a government big enough to take away everything you have.” (Gerald Ford).  What I find particularly interesting about this catchy little reminder is that one could simply take out the word “government” and replace it with “God.”  And it would be Biblically accurate.  But not only is it accurate, it is good news.  This is the nature of the God we praise.  “The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.” (Job 1:21).  Let us not replace the role of God in our lives with the State.

The answer to our deepest longings and our deepest needs is not the state, it is the Lord.  No presidential candidate can be the savior.  Our hope is in the sweet sweet sovereignty of a big God who gives, who takes, and who reigns supremely in the heavens.

Written by C.Jay Engel

Editor and creator of The Reformed Libertarian. Living in Northern California with his wife, he writes on everything from politics to theology and from culture to economic theory. You can send an email to reformedlibertarian@gmail.com
  • Reblogged this on Me, My Thoughts, My Life. and commented:
    During election season, we often think (at least subconsciously) that casting a vote can fix all of our problems, that a presidential candidate can somehow set right what is broken. In the United States, we are having huge financial problems, issues with our deficit (to say the least), and a high rate of unemployment. However, saying that “no presidential candidate can be the savior” is probably one of the most accurate statements I’ve ever heard. In this case, read. This blog post is super short, and I encourage you to take a look at it. It’s thoughtful and accurate. We need to stop replacing God with the state and thinking that some vote in a ballot box is somehow going to bring about “heaven on earth” if the “right person” gets into office. The whole world is broken, and it’s because of sin, not because of a president of one country.

  • abidingthroughgrace

    Good reminder. Keep them coming.

  • RChange

    Just want to say, “Amen!” to this post! Grace and peace!