In the conservative media, there are comparisons being made between Hiroshima and Detroit. The anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima (August 6) coinciding so closely with the declaration of bankruptcy by the city of Detroit.
Plus, I’m pretty sure Wolverine movie has something to do with it.
Anyhow, most of the critiques come in the form of attacks on the notion of a “welfare state” and other such favorite conservative issues.
For what its worth, my perspective: its not that simple.
After all, we mustn’t omit the fact that Hiroshima’s rebuilding was significantly subsidized by “government funding.”
Both Japanese and NATO and other such national and international sources.
Another aspect: Detroit’s problems may have been related to an overinflated “welfare economy” but they certainly included other more obvious aspects, such as civil magistrates who, failing to fear God, lined their own pockets with the money they were entrusted with.
Commonwealth becomes “my wealth” with a compliant and greedy accountant.
And (I speculate here) those commandment breaking magistrates (politicians, mayors, comptrollers, representatives, corporate execs, and labor leaders alike) most likely belonged to so-called “Christian” churches; churches (of this I am nearly certain) who tacitly endorsed such robbery and treachery.
Recall Hezekiah’s sad and sorry resignation: “…as long as I have peace in my days,” Isaiah 39.
Add to this our own nearly blasphemous trust in what we call “democracy” and “capitalism” and “the American way” and so forth.
Detroit’s downfall, then, arises from many such sins, including so many other more subtle transgressions of Gods Law: like racism and white flight from cities and hard, compassion-less hearts for the poor because we are spending all our money on ourselves (and the credit card company’s money too)–greed and covetousness and indebtedness, all which from my observation seems to cut across traditional political party lines (fiscal liberals and fiscal conservatives, for example).
And of which the so-called hard working middle and upper middle class are specially guilty.
“It is time for judgement to begin, and let it begin with the household of God.” 1 Peter 4.
Paul challenges us to “do good to all” (Gal 6).
Had the Christians in Detroit taken this inconvenient command seriously perhaps the political debacle of bankruptcy could have been avoided. Who knows.
But where are our hopes as the people of God set? An everlasting city? If so, have we erred by thinking we have “already attained” the resurrection? (cp. Philippians 3)
Do we even know what the resurrection is? Do we think it includes anything less than the community or fellowship of “His sufferings”? (Again see Philippians 3).
“My kingdom is not of this world,” said Jesus. John 18:36. We might add, “nor is it these United States.” Nor my family, retirement account, or “the golden years of our Christian nation.”
Also, speaking of critiquing ourselves, our government: in our critiques, we do well to recall St. Paul’s exhortation: “There is no authority except that which is ordained by God,” Romans 13.
Do we honestly believe this?
And do we believe that God, so often, in disciplining us, gives us exactly what we want? Romans 1.
May God have mercy on His wayward People. May his kingdom come.