Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Working to your own demise

I am currently reading "In the Grip of Grace" by Max Lucado. The book is a study of God's grace as revealed in the book of Romans. Lucado has identified three personalities that reject God's grace, and try to do thing their own way: the Hedonist, the Judgmentalist, and the Legalist.

Chapter 3 is about Godless Living, and includes a section titled "We Lose Our Standard." Lucado quotes Dostoevsky: "If God is dead, then everything is justifiable."

Members of the Occupy movement and the Progressive movement would have us believe that corporations are  evil and the root of all the world's problems. At the same time, they rail against the Church, and God, and His teachings, claiming there is no place for Him in our society.

I would argue that corporations are NOT evil. Rather, the rejection of God has allowed for the acceptance of the hedonistic, judgmental, and legalistic lifestyles. The behavior of some corporations (which are nothing more than an association of people) is a direct result of that. The answer is not to do it again, only harder, by piling on more regulations and more punishment.

Instead, a return to first principles is what is required. A fundamental shift of the mindset of this country is needed. If individuals would take care of themselves first, and their neighbors second, this bloated monstrosity we currently have in Washington, D.C. would no longer be needed. Then comes the hard part: killing the monster.

But that's a discussion for another day.

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