Government Help

Government, being force and control, becomes a burden. In fact, all government is expensive and takes more out of the economy and labor force than it can return. The best a government can do is carefully and gently steer the ship of state, and preserve and protect its citizens. This idea escapes a lot of people who feel that government can simply produce what the people need, fix what is broken, and redistribute wealth until all is well. None of these work out too well. In the long run, they eventually drain the culture and economy of a nation.

In many countries, the government does try to put its hand into the production pot. The government of Venezuela, for instance, seized control of oil production. In spite of greater horrors in mismanagement and restraint, that move alone impoverished the entire nation.

The problems with governmental controls originates with the cost of another layer of management. Rarely can a government agency add to what is produced. It can only oversee, and that kind of control costs time and money. That same control problem continues with duplication of work (the business tracks data in one way, and in another way for the controllers), dual standards (both the business and the government determine their own objectives and standards), double reporting (as mentioned above. Government needs its reports to look a certain way that generally fails internal needs of the business), lack of accountability (blame shifting and buck passing always accompany dual standards), etc.

The greater problem, however, stems from something much deeper. Government functions differently. The agenda differs. Different outcomes generally spell confusion, frustration, and sometimes disaster. It creates a situation of dual allegiance, which almost never works to any good advantage. The Bible uses the idea of love and devotion to make this point.

You do not need to be a Christian to understand what Jesus said (recorded in Matthew, chapter 6) “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.”

When government assumes even the middling goal of being a small g god’s angel, the result takes a tumble.