Enabling the irresponsible: Funding foolishness
Government cannot spend what it does not first take from the people.
Recently, a mother made a typical request to Betty and me. "Pray for my teenage son," she said.
"He is living a very self-centered, rebellious, irresponsible life. He’s rooming with friends who are out of control and indifferent concerning issues that matter. Can you believe that he walked up to me the other day and asked me for a very large sum of money?
"I actually gasped and laughed out loud. I asked him if he was paying his rent for their party house, which is exactly what it is. He said he had paid his part sometimes, but his friends had not at all, so now he needed more to maintain their lifestyle. I refused. Please pray for him to come to his senses."
Betty and I assured her of our prayers and commended her for not being an enabler.
I’ve watched many parents permit or even support their child’s unhealthy gratification or addiction. The wise will acknowledge the foolishness and futility of enabling the irresponsible.
But right now, we are a nation of enablers.
Under the guise of compassion, we are promising to care for those who refuse to live responsibly.
In the name of freedom, we are eroding the pillars of our blood-bought liberties.
One of the great passages in the Old Testament, which I read on national television the night of Sept. 11, 2001, is found in Isaiah 58.
God said we are to cry loudly and raise our voice like a trumpet, declaring to the people their transgressions.
He went on to clearly define that the proper response to His call for repentance was to remove the yoke of bondage, defeat and self-centeredness, care about others and truly become a family with prayers answered and our lives becoming fruitful like a watered garden. He then said we would be referred to as those who restore the wall and build up the hedge of protection, which is the will and purpose of God expressed in our lives.
In the New Testament, Paul admonished the church in Galatia for walking and living in freedom, then foolishly returning to bondage. Rather than expressing true life and love and living under the control of God’s Spirit, they were being misled and manipulated by rules and regulations, producing tragic fruit of lives controlled by self-indulgence, dissension, strife, factions, idolatry and outbursts of anger.
This is what I am lifting my voice and crying out against. Far too many believers are not walking in the freedom and fullness God offered us through the finished work of Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit.
Many Americans are living out of control, refusing to accept responsibility and looking to a government they perceive to be the all-provident source.
We are being told that the government can solve every problem and provide the money for every person’s need.
Recently, on a Sunday morning news broadcast, the comment was made that a particular health-related program would not cost anyone anything because the president was going to pay for it.
Where on earth is any president, politician, leader or person going to come up with the money to meet the demands of a multi-billion-dollar (and even trillion-dollar) debt? When will people get it through their heads that the government has nothing, nor does any elected official have anything, that it did not first take from the people?
Remember, the people they take from are the productive ones. True, some who have been blessed may seem indifferent toward others, but I personally know many successful and wealthy people who are caring, compassionate and helpful. Still, they are smart enough to demand responsibility; they want to make certain that committed helpers and overseers are directly involved in making a positive change.
When has the government ever managed anything well? Now people are being convinced they can live any way they want to, depend on the government to supply their wants and needs, and never assume real responsibility. It is sad when a parent is the foolish enabler of a rebellious, out-of-control child, but it’s far more serious and tragic when a country is so misguided.
A government that says it can provide everything has the power at any moment to take everything. Many of our leaders are robbing the productive population while turning our school children against the principles that enabled us to be the greatest, most prosperous nation on earth.
It is sad when we as individuals live under the control of the spirit of darkness, or the spirit of this world, and equally sad when the population lives under the control of a reckless, all-consuming federal government. We are being led to believe that our freedom and our rights came to us from the government rather than what our founders knew to be so: that we are endowed directly by our Creator.
Ronald Reagan was a great communicator, but it matters not how great your oratorical skills are if the words of your mouth are not in line with unshakable truth. President Reagan said, "I have found a great hunger in America for spiritual revival; for a belief that law must be based on a higher law; for a return to traditions and values we once had."
On another occasion he said, "You and I have a rendezvous with destiny. We can preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on earth, or we can sentence them to take the first step into a thousand years of darkness."
I am lifting Isaiah’s trumpet to my lips. I am crying loudly with a broken heart. Wake up, America! Come to your senses! Return to the principles that made us great! Look to God for help and hope and begin to pray for our leaders to understand the absolute necessity of becoming responsible and inspiring others to assume theirs.
Tune your ears to hear the truth whenever, wherever and from whomever it is sounded. God help us to assist in restoring the wall and the foundation upon which we can build a secure future.