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Why I choose limited government over ‘nanny state’

Feb 23

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The differences between Democratic worldviews and Republican worldviews help contribute to the larger cultural divisions between Americans as a people. These divisions are complicated even further by competing ideas about religion, what governments should or should not do, and the overall relationship between religion and politics.

Straight Arrow News contributor Star Parker reports on location from the National Religious Broadcasters meeting, where she says that the Democratic ideal of big government is nothing more than an encroaching “nanny state” and argues that Americans must first accept Jesus Christ to become free.

The Democrats have a one-size-fits-all philosophy that people can’t really self-govern and live free. So therefore, they need big governments to make decisions for them, whether it’s decisions about housing or health care, decisions about their economic stability, all things that involve themselves, their family life. Democrats think, “We know best, we’re going to build out a nanny state.” With over 23 million government employees in our country today, you gotta wonder, how much do we need a big government? More than 4 million in Washington, D.C., or federal politics alone

So when we talk about the cultural war, oftentimes people wonder, “Well, who’s driving the side that keeps saying we want a limited role of government, that we want traditional values?” Well, part of that discussion is right here at the NRB, the National Religious Broadcasters. They do a national conference, this year in Nashville, Tennessee, to bring more than 4,000 Christian communicators from all over the world together, whether that communicator is in podcasting, in written, in television, in radio, in print, from all over the world, even the underground that are trying to get Bibles into countries that don’t have them yet, with over 7,000 different languages out there. Some of the people that are here are translating the Bible into languages, one that I talked to was up to 4,000 different languages right now, that they have distributed Bibles into those cultures.

What drives them? The Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ, something I know very, very welI. It’s one of the reasons that I’m here at NRB — wanted to introduce you to this work, Christian communicators wanting just for people to live free, saying that if you accept the Lord, you can live free, too.

Every election season there are discussions about the cultural war, and there should be. There are differences in worldview when it comes to the Democrats and the Republicans. The Republicans seem to want a more limited role of government, stay out of my way, let me live free, I can be responsible for my choices, remove the barriers.

 

The Democrats have a one-size-fits all philosophy that people can’t really self-govern and live free. So therefore, they need big governments and make decisions for them, whether it’s decisions about housing or health care, decisions about their economic stability, all things that involve themselves, their family life. Democrats think we know best, we’re going to build out a nanny state with over 23 million government employees in our country today. You gotta wonder, how much do we need a big government? More than 4 million in Washington, D.C. or federal politics alone.

 

So when we talk about the cultural war, oftentimes people wonder, well, who’s driving the side that keeps saying we want a limited role of government, that we want traditional values? But part of that discussion is right here at the NRB, the National Religious Broadcasters. They do a national conference this year in Nashville, Tennessee, to bring more than 4,000 Christian communicators from all over the world together, whether that communicator is in podcasting, in written, in television, in radio, in print, from all over the world, even the underground that are trying to get Bibles into countries that don’t have them yet, with over 7,000 different languages out there. Some of the people that are here are translating the Bible into languages, one that I talked to was up to 4,000 different languages right now that they have distributed Bibles into those cultures.

 

What drives them? The Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ, something I know very, very well. It’s one of the reasons that I’m here at NRB [sic] wanted to introduce you to this work, Christian communicators wanting just for people to live free, saying that if you accept the Lord, you can live free, too. And if you don’t, you still shouldn’t force your ideas on all of society because you decide that you don’t want to be responsible with your choices. And you think that others should not be responsible with their choices either? Did you don’t want consequences that there are not in situational ethics? So that’s the essence of the cultural war. Whose side are you going to be on, a side of limited government and truth? Are you going to be on the side of secularism and big government, and it is affecting our politics today? When we think about who is representing those different ideas, we have presidential candidates, you have Senate candidates, you have House of Representative candidates on a federal level, and then all through the states’ many, many elections this year, asking that one fundamental question. Choice loses its meaning if it doesn’t matter what you choose. So the question is: Who gets to choose, you or nanny state government?

 

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