My grandfather was known to grumble about the “do-gooders,” and all the trouble they cause. They have time for other people’s business but little time to tend to their own. Do-gooders are found in the White House, the Congress, in the church and down the street. They know better than you do what’s good for you and they’re going to help no matter how many have to suffer in the process. The Apostle Peter warns, “But let none of you suffer as a murderer, a thief, an evildoer, or as a busybody [i.e., meddler] in other people’s matters” (1 Peter 4:15). Murders and meddlers are in the same list with thieves and evildoers for a good reason: they both kill by taking what’s not theirs to take. In the end, though pretending to do good, they actually do evil. C.S. Lewis described the do-gooder well when he wrote:
Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victim may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated, but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.