Why Government Cannot Solve Our Problems

Matthew 6:22, “The lamp of the body is the eye; if therefore your eye is clear, your whole body will be full of light.”

The other day I was involved in a discussion about the economy, politics, and religion. It did not take long for me to see that my friend and I have different views. He believes that having more government control will solve our nation’s problems. I cannot disagree more.

The truth is that regardless of how government is organized, there will be a tendency toward evil and injustice. Someone will aways get the short end of the stick. It does not matter whether we have more or less government intervention in personal or corporate affairs because Scripture teaches that human beings prize the wrong things in their hearts.

Jesus said that if our eye is clear, our body will be full of light. Jesus was indicating that humans do not have clear vision. We are vision impaired, and we need our eye sight restored. Until our vision is corrected, our life can only be filled with darkness. Even the purest desires are clouded. In a very real sense, our eyes must undergo a spiritual lasik surgery if we wish to see see clearly.

When we see clearly, we see Christ. We treasure Jesus above everything else and our life changes. It changes how we view our self, and it profoundly changes the way we treat others. Jesus said that if we love Him we will obey His commands. The life that sees Christ is changed to such a degree that it produces new fruit.

Jesus is teaching that the fundamental problem with human beings is that our blindness causes us to love things instead of the Creator, and consequently we are inclined towards selfishness and greed. No human government can correct this problem. It would be like “the blind leading the blind.” If we are to be governed well, individually and corporately our eyes must be opened.

This is not to suggest that people are incapable of altruism, but that even the most altruistic people have a nature that is corrupted by the deceit of sin. Eventually, the greatest humanitarian efforts fail in practice because they are lead by people who are ultimately filled with greed, envy and selfishness. It is a problem that we all struggle with that can only be fixed when our eyes are opened from blindness by the work of God’s Spirit, as we yield our lives to Christ.

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