Man-Made Utopias: A Lewisian Assessment

The Almighty Mind of Man can do anything, we’re often promised. Every age has its share of utopians who believe that societal perfection lies at the other end of that proverbial rainbow (if only we could ever find the location of the “end”).

Karl Marx was positive that his scheme would usher in the perfect society where there would be no more government, no more religion, no more philosophy, and no more family.

The Age of Aquarius, that illusion of the generation in which I grew up, is no closer to reality now than it was when the Fifth Dimension sang about it so enthusiastically.

Dreams of a man-made utopia have always been with us, and I feel sorry for those who put their faith in those wisps of smoke. A more sober assessment, one based on Scripture, needs to take root. C. S. Lewis, in his superb essay, “Is Progress Possible: Willing Slaves of the Welfare State,” offers such an assessment:

[By] the advance, and increasing application, of science . . . we shall grow able to cure, and produce, more diseases—bacterial war, not bombs, might ring down the curtain—to alleviate, and to inflict, more pains, to husband, or to waste, the resources of the planet more extensively.

We can become either more beneficent or more mischievous. My guess is we shall do both; mending one thing and marring another, removing old miseries and producing new ones, safeguarding ourselves here and endangering ourselves there.

The Christian message is clear and forthright: all have sinned; sin destroys; mankind will never save itself; there will be no human utopia; salvation comes through One only; the genuine utopia is a place called Heaven, which will be established by God, not man.

While we work to make our existence on this small planet better, we must never lose sight of those Biblical truths. There are limits to what will be achieved, and we must understand those limits.

Each emerging generation seems to think it can achieve what no other generation has achieved, yet the message of the book of Ecclesiastes still rings true: there is nothing new under the sun.

Our hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.

The Unraveling of the Obamacare Utopia

History is replete with odd visionaries and assorted crackpots who try to set up their version of utopia. They are always disappointed with the results. The word itself was a play on words when it was created. Utopia literally means “no place.” In other words, there is no such place as a perfect society when men are involved in setting it up. How can it be otherwise? Mankind is so imperfect it can never fashion perfection on its own.

Even worse are coercive/compulsory utopian dreams. This is when men attempt to use government to force everyone into their schemes. Modern progressives are the source of most of those attempts; they always fail.

Obamacare is one such utopian fantasy, and the unraveling of this scheme is happening before our eyes. When even the Obama-subservient media, whether the news branch or the entertainment portion, begin to take notice, you know something may be changing. News outlets such as NBC are now reporting Obama knew back when he was promising that everyone could keep insurance plans they like, that he was blatantly lying. On the entertainment side of the media behemoth, Jon Stewart is skewering not just a botched rollout but the dishonesty and incompetence of a beloved president he rarely touched before.

The comical rollout has served as the attention-getter. While it’s not the core problem with the program, it has performed admirably as a glaring example of this administration’s typical bumbling and blundering. It is a bracing reminder of what you get when you give priority to style over substance.

The website has been a total disaster:

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The question has become, “Can it ever really be fixed?”

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We now know the company contracted to develop the site has connections to the Obamas. One of the key players went to college with the First Lady. It also is a failed company. It was supposed to set up a gun registry in Canada, but after many years of trying, it was booted off the job. Apparently, it has a shared quality with the administration—complete incompetence.

Last night Megyn Kelly on her Fox program reported the site was down again, and when her people called to find out how long it would take to be back up, they were told anywhere from five minutes to two days. Nice to have such precision. But we’re told if we can’t get access to the site, we can always call the toll-free number for assistance.  Reports indicate that’s not working so well either.

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Edith Is Ready

This is all quite humorous, but the real glitch is the program itself, and the real story is the lies we were told from the start. Insurance companies, saddled with Obamacare demands for how their polices must be set up, are dropping their individual plans everywhere. At latest count, at least two million people are losing their current plans on January 1. That’s only the beginning. Those numbers will rise drastically over the next weeks and months. But that’s only the portion of the population with individual plans. Wait until the full force of the law hits employers. The plans will become so expensive, they will opt for the penalties instead, and untold millions will be forced to go into the Obamacare exchanges. Ultimately, Obama and his ideologues will achieve their real goal: a single-payer system completely controlled by the federal government.

They’ve been careful not to be up front about that goal; they know that would spell doom for their utopian vision. So they’ve simply lied, again and again, about their intent and the consequences of putting this law into effect:

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The real threat, though, is much greater:

Biggest Lie

That’s the biggest lie of all.

For now, the media is following this story, however reluctantly. If they lose interest, or realize they may be undermining their hero, they may drop it eventually. Now is the time to educate the American public about the true nature of their president and his plans. I’m hoping the website fiasco is an answer to prayer—literally. It focuses the attention of the public in a way no other problem may have done. This may be God’s way of giving us another chance to make things right. What will we do with this opportunity?