Share |I realize that a battle will probably always be fought over the role of religion in politics. The lines between what is moral vs. what is legal, seperation of church and state, etc., are constantly shifting or being blurred. For that reason I don't ask the question, "Can you have faith in government?" on the basis of the role religion in government, rather. can we exercise the principle of faith in government? Can we have a level of trust that would allow for us to feel a sense of reliance that government will do as charged, or as they have promised?
Using the biblical definition of faith from Hebrews 11 we come to understand that faith is the substance or assurance that God will be able to accomplish what is hoped for. What assurances do we have as people of the United States in or political leaders/government?
When a president takes office they swear an oath wit their hand on a bible that they will protect and uphold the constitution of the United States. Our most recent presidents showing that the opposite is the motivation behind their actions, we certainly can see that faith in one man is a highly unwise if not a bad idea altogether. But what about the government as a whole? Can we trust it?
In a poll taken back in Sept. 2009 (before Obama's numbers started really tanking) are the following numbers:
The numbers show that more people carried a trusted view government under George W. Bush than they do under Obama. But if you notice, the numbers of trust were decreasing some, while the number of people in the trusted "not very much" category practically doubled. Without turning this into an Obama bash as that is not what these figures strictly apply to, this is showing a trend in government of growing distrust.
Is faith in government even possible though? When the small few on the far left of this chart express a great deal of confidence and trust in their government, how can they get to that phase? What about the government is helping to impart that trust to these individuals? More importantly, how can we all increase our trust in our government.... or should we?
Does keeping our government in check show a lack of faith, or a desire to keep the faith?