From Jim O'Brien
November 02, 2018

The Predatory Nature of Government

Hi Friend,

Every time I fly into a major airport I am thankful that English is recognized as the universal language. No, I'm not Xenophobic-I just want the pilot and control tower to communicate with each other so I'm still living after the aircraft comes to rest on earth.

So it is that I was perplexed for several years about a statement in the Book of Genesis, "Now the whole world had one language and a common speech." (Gen. 11:1) Verse 7 quotes God as saying, "Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other."

Why would God do that? The answer is in verse 6. "If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them."

As much as men need to be unified it is also the greatest danger to man's own existence.

Author Rodney Stark has written a fascinating, if politically incorrect, book called How the West Won. The author debunks a myriad of myths regarding accepted educational propaganda.

Stark makes an astounding observation about the Dark Ages. He cites credible evidence that the Dark Ages were not so dark. Furthermore, he reports equally important historical information showing proof that the Roman Empire was not so good.

The reason for both conclusions stems from what he calls the Predatory Nature of Government. The Roman Empire, though it built roads, created a common language and established common law across the civilized world, built those accomplishments on the backs of small villages and towns across the world.

We forget that there was a time in the early history of civilization when mankind was of one mind. The entire world was politically unified. A tower, called the Tower of Babel, was built to symbolize the singleness of purpose and mind. Then God intervened to divide men from one another to prevent mankind from self-destructing.

That you and I are living on this earth over four thousand years later is testimony to God's wisdom to divide man. Thank God for intervening to block the destructive tendency of humans.

A more recent example is the Roman Empire. Rodney Stark points out that the Roman government crushed the spirit of the common man. When Rome was destroyed the world went through a period of time that appeared to be dark. But, it was an illusion-the creative nature of man was lost from visibility like a seed germinating underneath the soil. So academicians looking on the surface cannot see the developing heart of the common man.

In truth, says Stark, this was the time of GREATEST creative revival that bore fruit in a change in world civilization. It was the destruction of the Roman Empire that allowed the change to occur.

On a trip to Florida we departed from the expressway for a shortcut that led us through several small towns in Southern Alabama. What we saw were numerous rural towns with boarded up stores-buildings that once housed thriving businesses supplying jobs that provided the financial sustenance for hundreds of families in each location. Why did they close?

Rodney Stark may have told us the answer. The predatory nature of a strong central government reached its tentacles down into the rural community with confiscatory taxation to suck the life out of once thriving communities. The people either fled to bigger communities where jobs could be found-or they turned to the government dole. Their creative energy was destroyed and deprived of self-sustaining opportunities; they became dependent on centralized government to provide what they had once provided for themselves.

We are told that a time will come when Jesus will return to this earth to bring peace and joy. But He will be opposed-mankind will make war with Jesus Christ! How can that be?

The simple answer is that man does not give up power without a fight.

Thank God for dividing the tongues of the rich and powerful at Babel. Thank God for destroying the Roman Empire. And thank God for sending Jesus Christ to break the grip of tyrants who enslave.

Until next time,

Jim O'Brien