Joel Bells, World Magazine, Founder discussed on The World and Everything In It
Mary. Record World Founder Joel Bells now on the limits of government mandates. Some years ago I noted in my World Magazine column that the Bible refers to two functions Asians of government and both of them suggest a sort of enforcer role. Romans speaks of government as the agency that bears the sword. It also talks talks about government's role as a collector of taxes. Neither of those assignments brings immediately to mind spirit of volunteers instead. Government carries with with a sort of do it or else image. I think God designed it that way. Teaching moral good is always difficult as any parent knows. It takes a deft teacher to encourage action from the heart rather than because there's a threat of punishment government can't normally be that deft if it were. We wouldn't need troopers to keep us driving it. Safe speeds the IRS could send out fundraising appeals instead of audit threats and libraries could forget overdue notices somewhere though troopers and tax collectors and libraries of all discovered that teaching good behavior here is not their main calling. They can offer a few carrots here and there but mostly it's the threat of a stick that keeps people honest. Affirmative action is about about forcing people or using the government's power and clout to do the right thing even if it isn't totally even-handed affirmative action assumes uh-huh that people won't be good spirited enough on their own to hire minorities in the workplace or to admit more women to medical school for example affirmative action. Today is different from the civil rights laws of the nineteen sixties civil rights. Laws made it illegal to cut people out of specific privileges the benefits and opportunities they applied to all citizens and said if you didn't treat everyone by the same standard. You could get in big trouble. The the problem isn't primarily with the basic concept of affirmative action which is totally biblical concept. God himself is perhaps the ultimate implementer of affirmative -firmative action. He set his love on the nation of Israel for reasons suitable to himself and Jesus told the memorable story of the manager who hired people at different times during the day and then chose to pay them wildly dispirit wages and all of US exercise affirmative action. Even dare I say discrimination in our everyday lives we do. Our charitable giving in selected sectors we send our missionaries to selected countries entries against the hordes of Hungry and needy people. We pick just a few to help. Christians should recognize. Affirmative action is a wholesome natural and totally defensible kind of human behavior. But it just gets off the track when civil government tries to mandate it an entity intended to be the reinforcer of justice is typically not very good at requiring demonstrations of love and goodness for world. Radio I'm Joel Bells what's tomorrow. Many Venezuelans have fled to Peru to escape oppression. We'll talk about the efforts to help them. And Your lack of privacy online is the focus of a new regulation in California..