Big Brother: Help or Hindrance

Last Sunday Christians celebrated the resurrection of Christ. The Bible states that He was resurrected to sit at the right hand of God to make intercession for us during the present dispensation of the Church.

“…If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all…It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us…”
Romans 8:31-34

“Therefore He (Jesus) is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him since He always lives to make intercession for them.”
Hebrews 7:25

“For Christ has not entered the holy places made with hands…but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us…”
Hebrews 9:24

Since, according to Scripture, Christ died to pay the sin debt for all mankind and was resurrected to sit at the right hand of God to intercede for those He died for, it is clear God has a personal interest in each individual. It is equally clear God has intimate knowledge of each Christian and has a personal plan for each as stated in the Psalms.

“LORD, You have searched me and known me…You understand my thought afar off. You comprehend my path…and are acquainted with all my ways. For there is not a word on my tongue, but behold, O LORD, You know it altogether. You have hedged me behind and before, and laid Your hand upon me…Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? …Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, The days fashioned for me, When as yet there were none of them.”
Psalm 139:1-5, 7, 16

The above words of King David confirm that God knows a person better than they know themselves. Furthermore, God’s interest in each individual and His plan for each began prior to their birth and their days were fashioned before they began.

With this Biblical wisdom, what are the ramifications of government intervention in an individual’s life? Should government try to help God by becoming involved in an individual’s personal life? For example, the drafters of the recently passed health care legislation believe universal health care is an individual’s ‘right.’ The legislation mandates that every individual must either buy, or be given, health insurance. But does God need such help?

“Let all the earth fear the LORD; Let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him…The LORD brings the counsel of the nations to nothing… Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD…The LORD looks from heaven…From the place of His dwelling He looks on all the inhabitants of the earth; He fashions their hearts individually, He considers all their works.”
Psalm 33:8-15

King David in the above Psalm revealed God is not only sovereign over the nations but the nations that depend on His wisdom will be blessed. The counsel of the nations that are void of God’s wisdom is considered worthless. The psalmist then reveals God’s sovereignty and care extends to each individual person’s life.

Jesus Himself confirmed that premise.

“And do not seek what you should eat or what you should drink, nor have an anxious mind. For all these things the nations of the world seek after, and your Father knows that you need these things. But seek the kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added to you.”
Luke 12:29-31

This passage states it is a common thing for governments to attempt to provide benefits for its citizens that God is fully capable of providing. To make every citizen equal is a concept found nowhere in the Bible. If God’s plan for mankind was to make everyone equal then He would have created all people with the same DNA.

In the case of the new health care legislation taxes will be assessed on the wealthy to help subsidize those who may not be able to afford such health insurance. The Bible addresses the issue of personal wealth and the ability of God to handle every man’s situation.

“Riches and honor are with me, enduring riches and righteousness. I traverse the way of righteousness… that I may cause those who love me to inherit wealth, that I may fill their treasuries.”
Proverbs 8:18-21

“As for every man to whom God has given riches and wealth, and given him power to eat of it, to receive his heritage and rejoice in his labor – this is the gift of God.”
Ecclesiastes 5:19

If then, God distributes wealth, should ‘Big Brother’ assume the authority to redistribute it? The Bible indicates that God doesn’t need help in that or any other area.

It appears that ‘Big Brother’ should have considered another Biblical passage before making such grandiose promises.

“For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it – lest, after he has laid the foundation, and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish.’”
Luke 14:28-30

According to the Bible ‘Big Brother’ should step aside and let God be God. The Bible clearly explains that God doesn’t need help from the government to take care of His people and in fact government should refrain from usurping authority not granted to it.

However, as far as ‘Big Brother’ getting involved in individual lives, the Bible sadly reveals that we ‘ain’t seen nuttin yet.’

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