Standing for Truth and Defending Your Freedom
Standing for Truth and Defending Your Freedom

Runaway Government and the Christian

by Frank Wright, Ph.D.

"The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield, and government to gain ground."  Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence and America’s third president, recognized that runaway government is the enemy of freedom.

Following the Declaration, his fellow founding fathers crafted a Constitution designed to preserve freedom by putting strong limits on the federal government. They gave us a system of in which the three branches of government checked one another’s power, and the states checked the power of the federal government. They gave us a Bill of Rights, restricting the government from interfering with the freedom of Americans in many important areas, including religion, speech, assembly, and self-defense.

But just as Esau sold his birthright for a bowl of stew, modern Americans have sold their freedom in the name of temporary security, safety, and “equal treatment”—with the predictable result of government intrusion into every area of life.

Forgetting that government is the most dangerous human institution because it legally wields the sword, many people have demanded that government give them jobs, put food on their tables, raise their self-esteem, silence the voices of those who might offend them, and ensure that every person has whatever they want—at whatever cost to others.

Frédéric Bastiat, author of the classic treatise on freedom The Law, told us how legalized plunder and theft could be easily identified:

See if the law takes from some persons what belongs to them and gives it to the other persons to whom it doesn’t belong. See if the law benefits one citizen at the expense of another by doing what the citizen himself cannot do without committing a crime.

Who can dispute that this is the situation in which we find ourselves today? Consider just a few of the works of today’s government:

  • In the name of “fairness,” wealth is redistributed from those who earned it to those who did not
  • In the name of “the environment,” they regulate everything from our light bulbs to the size of our toilet tanks
  • In the name of “compassion,” a dangerous national health care program has been enacted
  • In the name of “tolerance,” Christians are forced out of business for refusing to celebrate homosexuality
  • In the name of “justice,” oppressive taxes are levied on job providers—driving employment overseas

Increasingly, the American people want their government to take the place of God, pouring out infinite provision, safe-keeping, and so-called justice (which often is nothing more than “that which favors me.”) Our freedom as Americans came at great cost to our forefathers—and it is being dangerously eroded, day by day. Statism is the control of government extending into every area of life. It is incumbent upon Christians to lead the way in repentance as we reject statism in all its forms.

Limited government is based on a biblical view of man, recognizing that sinful humans need government—but that government by sinful humans is prone to tremendous abuse. It is time that Christians stood up to lead the way in reclaiming a biblical, constitutional view of government.