Twice, in the past couple of weeks, I stumbled upon a quote from C.S Lewis that I had never read before.
“Of all the tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.”
The first time I read it, it introduced an article on the “nanny state” and mask mandates. The second time it prefaced a chapter in a book that details the relationship between government health agencies and the pharmaceutical industry. I was once again amazed at the relevance of something written years ago to the state of affairs we find ourselves in today.
Whether one would consider the mandates we’ve been under for two years oppressive or not, we have all no doubt found ourselves wondering what the most Christian response might be to all we’ve been told to do.
Paul made it clear in Romans 13:1 that we are to be in subjection to the governing authorities, and Peter told us in I Peter 2:13-17 to submit ourselves to every human institution, even specifying governors. But he also said we are to act as free men, and to not use our freedom as a covering for evil. So what do we do?
We don’t know what’s in the heart of those who issue mandates, but Isaiah did note that in his day there were rulers who were companions of thieves and loved bribes, (Isaiah 1:23) and declared woe to those who enact evil statutes (Isaiah 10:1).
Maybe the best thing we can do is pray for those who are in authority as Paul instructed Timothy to do, and strive to lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. (I Timothy 2:1-2)
God Bless, Rick