Thursday, March 13, 2008

Ronald Reagan & Self Governance

It seems like I am hearing more and more of people wanting the government to help them with their problems. Will the government help with people in the credit crisis? Will the government provide for my retirement? Will the government provide for my education? Will the government provide for my health insurance? Will the government ensure my health care? On and on it goes.

It reminds me of some famous words I heard not so long ago:

From time to time we've been tempted to believe that society has become too complex to be managed by self-rule, that government by an elite group is superior to government for, by, and of the people. Well, if no one among us is capable of governing himself, then who among us has the capacity to govern someone else? --Ronald Reagan's First Inaugural Address, January 20, 1981

We see the lack of self reliance and self discipline not only in our country but in the church as well. Often we hear discussions of people who forsake the church for one reason or another. Some reasons are serious but often times the reasons are rather trivial.

We all need to remember that we made our commitment to Christ. Our loyalty is to Him. If we forsake the church, then we are forsaking His body and His bride. Regardless of what others may say or do, we need to remind ourselves that Christ is faithful. What has He failed to provide for us that we would forsake Him? What has He failed to offer that we would not serve Him? What mistreatment did He not experience that we are justified in forsaking when we are mistreated?

23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, 25 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching. (Hebrews 10:23-25).

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