I just listened to a short video clip from Harvard Business School professor Clay Christensen discussing his interview with a Marxist economist from China who was finishing a Fulbright Fellowship in the U.S. (See Links Below) He asked him if he had learned anything surprising or unexpected while studying here. Without hesitation the economist responded, “Yes. I had no idea how critical religion is to the functioning of democracy.” He continued to explain that “democracy does not work because government was designed to oversee everything everyone does; but it works because most people choose to obey the law.”He observed that in the past, most Americans attended a church where they were taught that they answered not only to government laws, but more importantly to an even higher power–God. Christensen concluded his comments by saying, “If you take away religion, you can’t hire enough police.”
Let that soak in. Those who do not believe in God and His judgment require more laws…and more enforcement officers.
No surprise here, right? The Bible said this a long time ago:
“We know that the law is good if a man uses it properly. We also know that law is not made for good men, but for lawbreakers and rebels, the ungodly and sinful, the unholy and irreligious; for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers, for adulterers and homosexual offenders, for slave traders and liars and perjurers-and for whatever else is contrary to sound doctrine” – 1 Timothy 1:8-10
Christians don’t have to be forced or threatened to do good.
Ken Stegall Woodland is the minister of the Oaks church of Christ, The Woodlands, Texas.
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Clayton M. Christensen is the Kim B. Clark Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School. In addition to his most recent book, How Will You Measure Your Life, he is the author of seven critically-acclaimed books, including several New York Times bestsellers — The Innovator’s Dilemma, The Innovator’s Solution and most recently, Disrupting Class. Christensen is the co-founder of Innosight, a management consultancy; Rose Park Advisors, an investment firm; and the Innosight Institute, a non-profit think tank. In 2011, he was named the world’s most influential business thinker by Thinkers50.