Tuesday, September 6


In the rabid swirl of finger-pointing and blame-mongering comes this thoughful post by Joe Carter of "Evangelical Outpost" that challenges all of us to pause, take stock of ourselves, and assess to what degree we hold government accountable because we think it ought to be an inviolably powerful and efficient tool of our collective needs.

Writes Joe:

The claim that we make an idol of our government is provocative and disconcerting; it is also almost impossible to deny. Idolatry occurs when we take anything within God’s creation and elevate it above the boundary separating Creator from the creature, and make it a kind of God.

Our view of governance has not only attained this level of ideological belief, but has become rather commonplace. For instance, one of the most consistent, though often unstated, themes in the discussion about the disaster in New Orleans is that the government could have saved everyone. Some blame the local government, which had hundreds of unused buses at their disposal. Most others place the blame on the Federal government which is believed to have almost unlimited resources at its disposal.

Either one or both of these allegations could very well be true. But undergirding every claim is the foundational assumption that someone somewhere could have done enough to ensure almost universal salvation after the disaster. Nearly everyone could have been spared if only the government had responded in the right way. Because this belief is rooted in a strong faith in the capabilities of the system, no evidence either for or against such claims is needed. Faith is truly considered to be “evidence of things not seen.”

Do read the entire piece and reflect upon Mr. Carter's insights.

Joe Carter, I should add, has recently been named Managing Editor of the World Magazine Blog, which you'll find newly listed in this site's blogroll under the heading of "Lagniappe." I encourage you to take a look see and consider bookmarking or blogrolling the site and becoming a regular reader. Joe is a special person in the blogosphere and you'll be the better for becoming familiar with his work.