Thursday, April 28, 2011

Thought for the Day

Because of the transgression of a land, many are its princes; but by a man of understanding and knowledge right will be prolonged. Proverbs 28:2

Thought for the day:

        More sleep - Good.
        More traffic - Bad.

And, that explains why it was after 8:00 when I got to the office this morning. But, it is so not the topic of this musing.

Have you ever been reading Scripture and suddenly a bunch of random dots connect to show you something so obvious you wonder why you haven’t been preaching on it?

Here is my sermon on limited government.

When we fail to govern ourselves, the civil government feels compelled to come in and do he job for us. That isn’t new news. One of the frustrations of watching legislation is the myriad of overlapping governments we are putting on ourselves. We have the traditional federal, state, county and municipal entities. We have piled on school districts, municipal utility districts, special purpose districts, economic development districts, COGs (Council of Government), RMAs (regional mobility authority), the agencies with rule-making authority - the list goes on and on. To top it off, many of us live in areas governed by HOAs (homeowner associations). We think nothing of purchasing a piece of property and willing giving authority to another to tell us what we may and may not do on it.

When reading Proverbs 28 this morning it jumped off the page at me. Because of the transgression of a land, many are its princes. We have all these people in authority over us because of our transgressions. Until we learn to govern ourselves, civil government will feel compelled to govern everything from our toilets and light bulbs to the menus at restaurants.

Tired of big government? Try a little self-government.

Don’t know where to start? Just begin with God’s Ten Commandments.

With knowledge and understanding, right will be prolonged.

Lord, have mercy on our nation. Make us men and women of understanding and knowledge so that right will be prolonged. Amen.

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