Originally, I planned to talk about what we Christians should do to solve world problems if we cannot institute big government. However, there is a person who is still not convinced, even after my exegesis, that government does more harm than good. In his opinion, government still can be part of solution.
So now I would like to talk about additional reasons why we should not expect government to provide solution to social problems, especially about social sins (homosexuality, alcohol, pornography, gambling, and so on).
Jesus never, or almost never, used violence to solve social problems. We, as Christians, are body of Christ. As body of Christ, we have been told by Scripture if we claim Jesus lives inside our heart, we should walk as He did (1 John 2: 6). We are to imitate His way of thinking (2 Corinthians 10: 5), and doing what he exactly did (1 Corinthians 11: 1; Ephesians 5: 1-2; 1 Peter 3: 21) .
Now, if we are to follow Jesus’ way of life, we should see how did He handle social problems on His day. Of course, we can see that Lord Jesus most of the times never pass judgment to social sins. In fact, what He did was He approached and had fellowship with them (Matthew 11: 19; Mark 2: 15; Luke 5: 29-30; 7: 36-50; 15:1;). He never instituted morality police or report those people to religious authority. So instead of instituting morality police, like what fundamentalists has done here, we are to befriend those socially marginalized people. It is easier to say that to be done but that’s how we should act as Jesus’ disciples.
Bible encouraged us not to judge, especially people outside the church. Again, we can learn from Lord Jesus’ examples. He did judge His own Jewish community, like Jewish people who used religion for their own monetary and social gain (Matthew 21:12-13; 23: 13-36). But Lord Jesus never judged Roman people using Jewish law standards. Paul also said the same with his congregations (1 Corinthians 5: 12).
In church context, admonition can be beneficial because the people put themselves voluntarily under church authority. It is likely to be received as an expression of love and have positive results. But outside church relationship, such judgment would be inappropriate. Indeed, Lord Jesus told us explicitly not to judge (Matthew 7: 1-2).
So, I cannot see how instituting government to regulate ‘problematic’ social activities are not form of judgment. By passing law to restrict such activities, we have already become judge to other people what to do and not to do.
So far, I have talked about Biblical reasons why we should not use government to regulate ‘problematic’ social conducts. Instead, we should persuade them by our unconditional love so that they can come to relationship with Son of God, which is love. On next post I will post on the examples of big governments which tried to solve problems, ended up becoming biggest problem itself.