“A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything you have.” -Gerald Ford

President Ford was by all accounts a quietly devoted evangelical Christian, and even though he was at one time the very head of the snake, this quote points that he subconsciously realized something many people today don’t or have forgotten: big government is necessarily athiestic, or rather, aims to take the place of God. When a nation comes to see its government as god, Big Government is and will be the life-giver and the life-taker.

Our Lord calls us to be subject to the authorities and to render unto Caesar (even if Caesar is going to use it to fund the Department of Homeland Security). That doesn’t demand a lot of us, and it doesn’t preclude our participation in civic life, but I find it prudent to remind myself that, while American and local politics are a particular hobby of mine, my citizenship lies elsewhere, and it is not a democracy. It is with a Kingdom, and that kingdom is bigger than America will ever be; my life is in the hands of a monarch, not a senator. If the gates of Hell will not prevail against the Church — the Kingdom of Heaven on earth — then so much more will Christ demonstrate how pale an imitation Big Government is compared to him. After all, the kingdom is only as good as its King.

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