With the recent election we are now assured that the "Affordable Health Care Act" will now be fully implemented as an additional entitlement. We are given a false sense of security that health care, along with Medicare / Medicaid and Social Security have become entitlements for every citizen to enjoy just because we are entitled to it, compliments of the Federal Government. Irrespective of ones political persuasion, or view point about universal health care, or entitlements in general, what we can all agree on is the fact that the cost of these entitlements such as health care, Medicare /Medicaid and Social security are spiraling out of control and are at an unsustainable level of spending. We will no doubt learn that the health care bill as enacted will be far more expensive and far less efficient than currently advertised. With a 16 trillion dollar debt and a Federal budget that is funded with nearly 50 % borrowed money most anyone can do the math and conclude that we cannot sustain this level of spending disparity.
From a Biblical perspective just what is the role of government in the lives of the citizenry? The Bible tells us in Romans 13:1-7 the ultimate purpose of government. "He beareth not the sword in vain." Governments first and foremost purpose is to provide protection to its citizens and be sure that we dwell safely, free from the thereat of harm from both domestic, or foreign aggressors. The scriptures tell us that we have a duty to pay our fair share of tribute (taxes) and be subject to the laws of the government because it is an institution that has been ordained by God. The Bible actually calls them "ministers of God." We enjoy a great privilege here in the United States because if we do not approve of the way our government leaders "minister" and conduct their God ordained responsibilities we can vote them out, but the primary responsibility of government is to administer justice, which includes the administering of capital punishment in extreme cases of violence against our fellow man (Genesis 9).
The prosperity that we have come to enjoy in the United States has come to be viewed as a permanent entitlement that will always be there for the taking. We have too soon forgotten the sacrifices that were required to make the United States the lone super power of the world. We have replaced our Christian heritage with a secular world view that makes man and government the ultimate authority. Secular philosophy has also crept into the church and affects the way in which we conduct ministry. In a recent George Barna survey it was found that 67 percent of North America people believe that there is no absolute truth. The majority of the respondents would say that we are a secular, pluralistic society and who is to say that my belief system, or world view is truth and yours is not, or vice versa. That perhaps is not that shocking when taken as a total of the population, but what is shocking is that 53 percent of those who claim to be Bible believing Christians say there is no such thing as absolute truth.
Pastor Randy Mason
Based upon this survey it is apparent that many churches have lost their unwavering commitment to the absolute truth of the Word of God and therefore many in the church who claim to be citizens of the Heavenly Kingdom have bought into this mentality of not only governmental plurality, but also of spiritual plurality where we just need to embrace every ideal, concept, and religion because who is to say that there is absolute truth.
Christians ought to be the most tolerant people on the face of the earth, but never at the expense of backing down from the absolute claims of the Word of God as being absolute truth. Never ever should a true believer back down from their Christian world view.
This postmodern philosophy of secular humanism has inculcated its philosophy into every element of our society including the church. However, if the church is to be effective in evangelizing this generation and indeed this community we must realize that we are not just citizens of this country, but our ultimate allegiance must be to our heavenly citizenship and our commander in chief the Lord Jesus Christ.
As well intentioned as government programs and entitlements may be, there is no lasting security in human solutions. The only two entitlements that are guaranteed in life are found in Hebrews 9:27, "And it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment." Death and judgment are the only two guaranteed entitlements in life. That is absolute truth.