Government isn’t the Answer

I’m currently listening to Mark Driscoll’s sermon series on the enigmatic book of Ecclesiastes, a book which he claims is his favorite in the Bible. The book is brutally honest and shamelessly realistic.

Before the following post is seen as a screed against the “Change” movement that so defined the last Presidential election, let the record show that Driscoll preached this series back in 2003 when Dubya was allegedly telling Halliburton to back the Brinks truck (below) up to the White House loading dock.


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Let the record also show that I’m not one of these folks who hole themselves up in some log cabin in Big Sky country hoarding an untold amount of automatic rifles and an even more untold amount of boxes of 7.62mm rounds. All the while waiting for U.N. paratroopers to descend from the spacious skies unto the amber waves of grain of these United States.

The relevant text is Ecclesiastes 5:8-9.

Here’s Driscoll’s take on it,

If you’re looking for change in the world, if you’re looking at reformation, if you’re looking at things getting better don’t put all your hope in goverment.

Vote, get involved, be active yes, but until God changes human hearts, all you’re going to be doing is rotating sinners through seats of authority, power and influence.

The change doesn’t come until people meet God so don’t be surprised when crooked people do crooked things.

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