This has not been a good week for those that worship at the altar of the government god.  One of the primary functions of government (the executive branch and the various law enforcement agencies across the land) is to enforce the law.  In eastern Kansas, police failed in a major way, not properly investigating the first time they were called out to check on a foul odor at a farm where people were known to be missing.  The Examiner reports, “On Sunday, Shona Osladil and his friend went to the farm in rural Franklin County near Ottawa in eastern Kansas to check on the owner’s pets. When they smelled something foul, they called the police.”  The police came, but after a very cursory inspection, they dismissed the concerns and blamed the smell on garbage at the farm, then departed.  But Osladil wasn’t about to give up, returning to the farm for a second day with two friends and making a “gruesome discovery”  within five minutes of arriving at the scene without the benefit of professional training.  What Osladil and his friends discovered were the dead bodies of three adults which they immediately reported, forcing the police to make a second trip out to the farm. 

In another major police failure, reports are emerging about Cleveland, Ohio, police not properly investigating when multiple calls were made about some very bizarre incidents at the Castro brothers’ home.  I’m sure you’ve already heard the unbelievable horror story of three women held captive for many years in that house, emotionally tortured, physically abused.  Many residents of the area are questioning whether the horror might have been curtailed at the least had police been more insistent and persistent in their investigative duties.  Don’t get me wrong, I have absolutely no beef with police officers.  I support and encourage them as best I can through my membership in the on-line law enforcement website  Law Enforcement Today.  As I stated in one tribute to a deceased officer that I posted there, most police officers do an excellent job and are hard-working, honest people.  They make sacrifices and take risks sometimes in the worst of conditions and probably get very little encouragement for their efforts.  In most cases, law enforcement is the one area of government that is more persistently successful.  But then, law enforcement is a no-fail mission.  Having been a career soldier, believe me, I understand about no-fail missions. 

The problem is not with police officers but with government in general, with the people who are in it, and with the way it operates.  In a sin-fallen world, things are bad enough with just the “ordinary” sin of people.  But government collects a whole bunch of them together and just magnifies the error, especially when they are given no clear direction, when  they are not held accountable, when they are allowed to grow unchecked, and when they perform redundant tasks that are not coordinated with other agencies (just to name a few of the problems – there are more, way more; this just gives you a flavor of the corruption).  Modern government, at least at the federal level, is a crapshoot, a gigantic “shot in the dark” which hopes to hit a target somehow, somewhere because of the sheer breadth and depth of its reach into everything possible.  Government is the Peter principle writ large.   It is pushed well beyond the reasonable limits of its capability or talent. 

In some places, such as where we live, Elizabethtown, KY, local government seems to be operating very well, but in countless other places, government fails monumentally.  All you have to do is pick up a paper or go to a news website for proof of this on an almost daily basis. 
Fox News reports that Senator Joe Lieberman (D-CT) lays the blame for the Boston bombings on government agencies that could have but did not properly investigate and prevent the Boston bombing.  Moreover, with the Benghazi scandal growing, the IRS scandal targeting conservative political groups for harassment, and the latest scandal of Obama administration officials spying on AP reporters, government is not looking too good these days.  It seems the Wikipedia list of government scandals is getting longer and longer by the day, perhaps by the minute.  This would be all too funny if we had not pinned so much of our hopes in America on government for our salvation from all things.  We have sold the rich inheritance of God's blessing and our freedoms for the "mess of pottage" of government guarantees against all disasters and problems.  And government, that great god sitting in Washington, D.C., promises to give us “freedom from want” as good old FDR promised us in 1941 in his famous “four freedoms” speech. 

More on this tomorrow.  I pray that you will know the REAL God and walk in joyful fellowship with Him today.



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    I'm a retired soldier, having spent 23 years of my life serving our country, actually 30 years when you count the reserve and National Guard time as well.  I believe in servant leaders, following the example of our Lord, and I believe in giving back to the troops once one has attained a certain status or level of success in life.  But I also believe in fighting back against corruption and incompetence wherever you find it if it hurts people.  Our national values were worth dying for.  They are also worth living for.  A man or woman can actually live a life by these principles of humility, service, love, duty, and honor, and have a significant impact on the world around them...if you have the dedication to see it through. 


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