Exploring the Social Imagination

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

For Secular Humanists Government has or Should have all the Answers

Many people I talk with, especially secular humanists, think that government has or should have all the answers to social ills and that it is the natural moderator of utopia. Hardly... government is only what people they themselves are and expect ideologically ...and there is always avoided the real costs. We live in a culture that expects a high standard of living should be guaranteed to all and that the government will take of it if we just elect the right people. Oh really??? Where does the government get its money? Who does the real foot and or ground work to make things happen, make things available and what about reward or recognition at least for those who do the foot work, make things happen... what do they get? Should they get something more than the other guy who was just waiting for things to happen? Of course, the typical response to that is that everybody is working. How or who designates jobs? Who decides who is best qualified to get things done? Not everyone has similar strengths, or abilities?  In fact, looking at the population very few people are able to be brain surgeons, industrial engineers, geophysicists, chemists, dentists,or computer technicians; in fact more people qualify to be ditch diggers or broom sweepers or Walmart greeters. Of course, the response to that is education. Yet, many students here in the US fall far behind internationally when it comes to high achievement in academics. Why? It could be that life is too easy here and there is no motivation or that we as parents offer too much praise for doing very little or nothing. It could be that genetically, our pool of intelligence is evaporating due to either natural evolution of mixing genes or a combination of gene mixing and easy environment.
Regardless, we cannot expect government (which is composed of people) to have all the answers especially for 300+ million people. If secular humanists really took their philosophy seriously, they would have to defend the idea that if government has all the answers then it would have to take advantage of extraordinary people and make sue of others where it can. So people who are useful remain and others who are not should be gently removed. Sounds horrific! Yes. That is the future without faith in God, the Creator of heaven and earth and the knowledge that we live in a fallen world.  My further argument goes like this... One does not have to be a Christian to appreciate that humanism powered by pure reason alone cannot succeed. Even Emmanuel Kant, writing his Critique of Pure Reason during the height of the German enlightenment, understood this. Neither should followers of Christ fall prey to the deceitfulness of philosophy and human tradition, or be taken captive by forms humanism based on romantic faith in the possibility of human self-realization (Colossians 2:8). Hegel based human progress on the ideal of reason as spirit “instantiating” itself through progressive dialectical stages in history; but had Hegel lived to see the world wars of the 20th century, it is doubtful that he would have persisted in detecting human progress in this debacle of history. Christians understand that any form of humanism set apart from divinely authored redemption is doomed to failure and false to the faith. We ground a high view of man in a high view of God, since mankind is made in the image of God, and we agree with Scripture concerning man’s desperate situation and God’s plan of salvation.
As Alexander Solzhenitsyn observed, humanism offers no solution at all to mankind’s desperate condition. He puts it this way: "If humanism were right in declaring that man is born to be happy, he would not be born to die. Since his body is doomed to die, his task on earth evidently must be of a more spiritual nature.” Indeed. Mankind’s task is to seek and find God (Acts 17:26-27; cf. 15:17), our true redeemer who offers us a better than earthly inheritance (Hebrews 6:9; 7:17). Anyone who opens the door to Christ (Revelation 3:20) will inherit that better country, which God has prepared for those who love Him and are called according to His purposes (Ephesians 1:11; Romans 8:28; Hebrew 11:16; cf. Matthew 25:34; John 14:2). How much more excellent is this is than all the proud and lofty goals contained in secular humanist manifestos?

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