Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Getting stimulated

So the government just passed a 700 billionish stimulus package... a part of me can't help but look at the people in power with a bit of a wary eye. Essentially what they did was add more money to the previous $700 billion bailout of last year - somehow, these guys have added almost a trillion and a half dollars to our national debt.

A TRILLION AND A HALF DOLLARS. Seriously. These dudes (and ladies) will be long dead before a dent is made in that debt. So to insure their own lifestyles persist, they used a big fat credit card, which basically me and my kids and their kids are going to have to pay...

Here is my new political theory - the Church (big C) has failed to be the hands of Jesus and so the government has seized the responsibilities which I think rightly fall to individuals to do in their own communities. So in the 50s, you used to pay the federal gov't a tiny percent of your income (like 2), now the average is like 24%. Basically the government took that money and used it to do the stuff we should've been doing the whole time (feed/care for old/sick/addicted/orphaned/widowed people). But then they do it it way less efficiently than we could, and oh yeah, Jesus gets no glory. Also they buy a lot of weapons.

If there wasn't a need because we the Church were taking care of people who had fallen on tough times, there would be no need for the government to step in. So we failed in two ways - 1. To do what Jesus told us to do with the least of these, and 2. We lazily gave the governemnt the ability to take a huge portion of our money to do it for us, badly.

Just a musing...


1 comment:

Kelly said...

wow, that actually makes a lot of sense to me. it also makes me sad that as Christians we have failed to serve.