I’ve experienced it a number of times – many of my Christian acquaintances can get so worked up with contempt and even hatred for their government. They often seem to have no respect at all for the idea of government interfering in people’s lives in any way – or at least not in well-off or successful people’s lives.
We’ve all heard it – something like:
I. Government can’t interfere in how employees are treated. It is NOT the government’s place to tell people how they should spend their money or how they should treat their employees. That’s an abuse of freedom and a terrible threat to all of us. So it is anti-American and very unChristian. And it will lead to socialism and Communism and fascism and tyranny.
II. And it is NOT the place of any government to forcibly take money from anyone for any purpose – certainly not to use it for the benefit of someone else. When you get down to it, they feel, taxation is theft.
Those attitudes are not actually capitalism. They are anarchism of a certain sort, or radical libertarianism, or tea-baggery.
And of course I am stating it in extreme terms. But I actually do hear it in those terms.
Aside from the fact that such radical anti-government attitudes are quite un-American in sentiment, there IS this question that bothers me.
Question 1: What are we going to do with Isaiah?
Many times in Isaiah (and other places in the Bible) there is a complaint like this one in Isaiah 1 Continue reading