That said, I wanted to finish up with the topic of the government god which we in America have grown to increasingly worship and love. We have looked to it for all things, expecting our government god to be omnipotent and omniscient. But as it grows to be all powerful and as it delves deeper and deeper into our private lives, we seem to be trading off our glorious freedoms for a “mess of pottage,” the promise of security and safety. The list of complaints about the humiliation and abuses of power by the Transportation and Security Administration (TSA) at airports everywhere keeps getting longer and longer. And this is not just a Democrat or just a Republican problem. Both parties and their leaders are complicit in this problem. We have thrown the baby out with the bath water, forgetting to look to deeper principles of why we exist as a country and why we should go on existing as a country. It’s not, as they say, “rocket science.” You know the basic principles of human dignity, love, honor, etc. You know the “golden rule” to treat others as you would want to be treated (Luke 6:31). But when it comes to wanting security or assurance or whatever, we have forgotten these basic principles that apply to government and business as well as individual interactions.
There have been a couple of movies that have addressed the possibilities of all-powerful, all-seeing government, and what might await us if we persist in this path. The more comical one is the 2006 movie Idiocracy, in which Luke Wilson plays the part of a Private Joe Bauers who is a selected to be the lab rat for a cryogenics/hibernation experiment. When he awakens 500 years into the future, he finds that America has turned into a futuristic, dumbed-down dystopia. In that dysfunctional world, he is easily the smartest man alive, even though he had average intelligence in the America he knew when he entered hibernation. But his perceived high intellect does not earn him respect. Instead, it subjects him to all sorts of abuse at the hands of others, comical misadventures, and persecution at the hands of the totalitarian government. But the picture perfectly captures the insane world that we would probably end up in with our current government god. It’s satirical, it’s funny, but it is all too possible.
There is another movie that captures the poisonous environment of big, intrusive, all-powerful government. This movie is more sobering, more real because it is based on the truth of destroyed lives and suicides in the East German communist totalitarian government world of the 1970’s and 80’s. The movie I’m referring to is the 2006 German-produced, English-subtitled film, The Lives of Others (Das Leben der Anderen). After watching a movie like this and realizing that actual people lived through this horror, this dystopia, I came away with a completely different perspective of the danger of big government. Of course, I have lived through my own high adventures with our corrupt government as a whistleblower. The picture is not any better up close and personal.
We move on to another topic tomorrow. As always, I appreciate the support of all my readers and look forward to hearing comments back, good or bad. I pray that you will have a blessed day, walking in His Perfect Peace.