Earlier this year, when Major League Baseball questioned Congress’ right to hold public hearings on steroid use in the big leagues, Government Reform Committee Chairman Tom Davis (R-Va.) and ranking minority member Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) sent back a striking response. Davis and Waxman told baseball that the committee “may at any time conduct investigations of any matter.”

Any time. Any matter. And this from the congressional committee charged with curbing government excesses.

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I think this brings up a valid point. Where do we draw the line? At what point do we tell the government to stop running our lives for us.

I think that we are seeing is the progression of the Christian Culture of non-personal responsibility. If your faith tells you that your transgressions will be forgiven by some guy behind the curtain, what will happen when that seeps into real life?

Give your life to God

People are always looking for a way to take the pressure of living life off their backs. They want to let some one else take over for them. Often Christians tell me to ‘Give my life to God’. God will make my life better – easier – less painful.

I want to run my own life. I want to be ultimately responsible for my actions. If I choose a life of Evil, I do not want to be forgiven at the end, and I want the rewards of a good life to come my way. If I do make it to heaven, or what ever, I really do not want to see folks like Hitler there, simply because he asked for forgiveness.

It is easy transformation from allowing God to make choices for you to allowing the Government to make all the hard choices for you.

You can’t eat that because it’s bad for you.

Yesterday, while I was driving, I switched to 590 Talk Radio and heard a segment where the ‘talker’ was exploring the possibly of a law suit vs Sesame Street because the Cookie Monster scarred him as a child – and made him into a cookie addict. It was in jest, but the point remains. When we espouse a culture of personal un-responsibility, we loose in many ways.

Consider your pet. Surely Fido or Mittens is immune from government scrutiny, right? Nope. San Francisco passed a new building code earlier this year-for doghouses. In case you were considering a pair of double-Ds for your schipperke, West Hollywood, Calif. is considering a law that would ban cosmetic surgery for pets. And the state of California has banned genetically modified fish in your aquarium.

In the end, I feel that we should be held accountable for our choices and our actions. If we choose to eat McDonald’s every day, and we end up weighing in at 450+, that is our fault – not McDonald’s.

If we have the money, and want to pay for Cosmetic Surgery for our pet, that is our choice.

Power to the People!

3 thoughts on “Responsibility”

  1. Well, I would give that a strict reading of the New Testament talks a lot about living a good life. However, when I was <em>ascribing it to Christians</em> I was ascribing it to the actions of many of the Christians that I have known over the years. Now, I am never one to stereotype – but if the shoe fits, then by all means wear it.

    The issue that I have with Christian philosophy is that it takes the power to ‘save’ oneself away from oneself and gives it to a ‘higher’ power. According to Christian Doctrine, I am ‘damaged’ by Original Sin. God cannot stand the sight of me because of the actions of my far removed ancestors. I must be ‘washed in the blood’ of Christ before He can even stand the sight of me. It does not matter if I am the greatest person in the world, I am doomed with out intercession by Christ.

    I prefer a philosophy based on empowerment. It is selfish of me, but I want to have the power to be able to forge my own destiny. I want to, and I will, stand on my own merits. I have made my share of mistakes, and have tried my best to learn from them. If the God thing turns out to be true, then when I stand before him for Judgment, I will stand by my life, and hold my head high. If he is truly a forgiving God, then I have nothing to worry about. If he is not, then I would rather be in Hell with the ‘interesting’ people :)

  2. Ummm…where are you getting that the non-personal responsibility movement is <i>Christian</i>?

    It is a precept of Christianity that you <i>cannot</i> live blithely and do what you want because you are going to be forgiven. Rather, you have been given a gift of life, and you must do good things with it. That if you love Jesus, you will show it by trying to <i>be</i> like Him. Of course, we cannot achieve that, and we know it, but we aren’t allowed to use that as an excuse to not <b>try</b>.

    I fully agree with the growth of non-accountability, or non-personal responsibility you cite; in fact, I mention it in my last response to your last response. But I see that among the more liberal Left, not the Christians. It may be just a perspective thing, but to me I’ve always heard the <i>Left</i> say that nothing bad that happens to you is your fault. It’s the left who supports trial lawyers and resist tort reform, because if you get hurt, there’s gotta be some big company who can make you rich. It’s the left who came up with the idea of non-competitive sports with no winners or losers; doing away with D’s and F’s on report cards. It’s the left who tells minorities that everything bad in your life was caused by rich, white men exploiting minorities, and that it can be fixed with more entitlements and affirmative action: i.e., you don’t have to try as hard because it’s not your fault.

    I’m sure you have your reasons for ascribing it to Christians, but I’d need to see you show your work. "Giving my life to Jesus" doesn’t mean I stop taking responsibility for my choices.

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