In the disaster movie 2012, the world is beset by a series of ever-greater natural disasters. Toward the end, there is a tremendous flood (sound familiar?) that apparently will wipe out all civilizations on the earth, unless something or someone can save the day. Sure enough, there is a savior. Unbeknownst to the rest of us, there apparently had been a benevolent, secret plot hatched by all the world’s governments to save mankind by pooling all their resources, building a fleet of gigantic boats, and of course, saving the cream of the crop of human-kind, all the best of us. The average person, the rank-and-file regular Joes, apparently, would not be on the boat and would suffer drowning, although in “Big Brother’s” benevolent, indulgent wisdom, a few of them did get on. This is the moral equivalent of the promise at the Tower of Babel, according to tradition, the idea that they could build a tower high enough to be beyond God’s judgment should He send a flood again.
You may find, as I did in watching the movie, that this ludicrous idea of government saving the day was a horse-pill-sized fantasy that was just too big to swallow. This whole idea of government as a kind, well-meaning, benevolent god that always knows the right thing to do and always does it is a favorite pipe dream of liberal/progressive thinking people. Of course, it is based on a couple of cherished, but foolish notions that have been around the human consciousness for a few thousand years. One of those foolish notions is humanism, the idea that people are basically good inside, and if you put them in the right set of circumstances, you will only get good out of them because good is the real true nature at the center of the human heart. The Bible tells us that this is absolutely NOT true, rather that the human heart is “deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked” (Jer. 17:8). Moreover, it would not be very hard to disprove the absurdity of this notion of man’s inherent goodness in a few seconds with a good wifi connection and the internet browser opened to Google and your mind opened to truth. You would just have to randomly pick any set of privileged human beings who had great education, wealth, connections, and good living and look to see how many of them live sordid lives of self-indulgence, sin, violence, spitefulness, pettiness, and arrogance.
The environment can shape us, but our true nature and character in life are built around the nugget of a sin-stained heart. This poisonous nugget will permeate our lives, seep into everything, ruin everything good. So, it would seem hopeless, if it were not for God. If we TURN to God and seek Him, or probably more accurately, simply ALLOW Him to intervene in our lives, we can hope for better. However, the only good that is in human beings is the original conscience that God gives us all as we are being formed in the womb, the very image of His character and nature, a very basic version of His morality of love and unselfishness. Unfortunately, it is opposed by our sin nature that is also in us from the very beginning of our lives, starting at that very moment of conception where we are created with the DNA map of our physical essence, the promise of a miraculously unique life full of unique skills, dreams, hopes, relationships, and achievements.
Another foolish notion, and this gets to the real impact of our national elections this week, is that, not only are we basically good inside, but that a bunch of us put together into something called government, especially when we add in the “experts,” can achieve a real-life utopia and can meet our every single need. Then we would all be happy and successful and live perfect lives. The arrogance of this idea is captured on a wall at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. On this stone wall are chiseled the words from Isaiah 2:4: “And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.” This verse is actually about the millennial reign of our Messiah, Jesus, when He comes to physically rule on earth. But the message at the UN is that man will bond together into one government and bring about this utopia without God’s help. Of course, this assertion is ridiculous. Men have been trying to put together this one-world utopia for almost a hundred years now and have failed miserably.
But you would think that the utopian dream is alive and well if you listen to liberal politicians, and a few conservative ones as well who buy into the government as god absurdity and the one-world dream. Included in this group are many supposed conservative such as the elder former president Bush, our 41st President, and even his son, George W. Bush, our 43d, to some degree. You can tell that the younger Bush believed in the government god based on his poor record of massive government expansion during his two terms of president. These two men were NOT adherents to Reagan conservatism. In fact, ever since Reagan left office, we have had an unbroken string of presidents that spent money like a drunken man with no thought of tomorrow.