Friday, June 29, 2012

Government Welfare is Not Christian


I am not particularly political in this blog.  I do have a political ideology, I just normally do not think that this is the venue for those beliefs.  Yesterday was a sad day for America when the ObamaCare law was upheld by those who are supposed to protect us from such tyranny.  In fact, the fatal blow to the efforts to stop this bad law in its track was given by a man was once touted by Christians and conservatives as someone who would support our values.  Should we be surprised, though?  This is what happens when we put our trust in man, even in one who calls himself a conservative. 

I want to talk about that law today, not in specifics but in generalities so as to cover similar laws that we have passed as a nation.  I know many so-called Christians think that laws that give to the poor are a good thing.  I know that many so-called Christians think that "social justice" is Christian.  Of course, how just is it for those who are forced to pay the taxes in order to cover others.  Some think it is Christian to take from those who have more to give to those who have less.  Some think it is Christian to make everyone pay more tax dollars to cover those who have less.  Unfortunately, those who say that are utterly ignorant when it comes to the Bible. 
[So let] each one [give] as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.  2 Corinthians 9:7 NKJV
Taxes are compulsory giving.  They are taken by force with the threat of penalty and imprisonment if not paid properly.  They are not given by choice in that they are not given as anyone purposes in their hearts but as the government demands.  One can not say that taxing one person to pay another is in any way Christian.  God does not want anyone forced to give anything. God does not want anyone choosing for someone else what to give.  God does not want anyone giving without a desire to make that donation.  This ObamaCare law forces people who do not want insurance and may not even want to use medical care to pay for those who need it.  In fact, it requires healthy young people to pay into the system to pay for those who need it.  This is the same as Welfare and other government programs that take the tax dollars of one person and use them as charity for another. 

Another reason why it is not Christian, is that it supersedes the God-given role for government.
For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same. For he is God's minister to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is God's minister, an avenger to [execute] wrath on him who practices evil.   Romans 13:3-4 NKJV
It is clear here that government is established to punish evil and promote good.  It supposed to facilitate the good works of people, not control them.  Everything government does is supposed to accomplish those things.  You take someone to court because they are somehow doing you harm.  A government fights a war to defend its people and land.  A government passes administrative laws to make things run more smoothly.  Government is not supposed to be in the business of Welfare in taking from one to give to another.  Does government promote good by forcible taking from one to give to another?  First of all, it adds a layer from giver to recipient of whatever charitable cause it is going to.  In other words, it makes it more expensive and ultimately gives less to those in need.  Secondly, government also makes this money by borrowing it leaving today's problems with future generations who may not have the means to repay that debt.  Is that promoting good?  Thirdly, government then chooses who this money goes to.  This takes the place of the Holy Spirit and also gives to unrighteous ends.  Government gives this money to organizations that promote sin and perform such evil acts as abortion. 

The Bible does say, however, that we should take care of the poor.
But whoever has this world's goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him?  1 John 3:17 NKJV
I really want those who applaud when government takes from one and gives to another to really read this verse.  This verse is to the individual. It is not to the government, it is not to some organization, it is not even to some church.  It is to you as a person.  If you think that the poor should be taken care of, then go and do it.  It is not for you to steal from others or compel them to give, but for you to give.  If you are retired, then get back into the work force and pay those same tax dollars you were paying before.  If you are collecting Social Security, send it back to give to someone else more in need.  If you do not pay taxes, then offer to pay some to pay for another.  In other words, put your money where you mouth is and stop trying to force others to support what burdens your own heart.  If God has put someone on your heart, take care of that person.  If God has put a group on your heart, then you minister to that group.  It is not your job to worry about whatever everyone else does but to worry about what God has told you to do.  Ultimately, when you stand before God, that is what you will be accountable for.  It will not be for what you tried to force others to give, but for what you gave.  Take care of whomever God has told you to take care of and leave the rest of us to take care of whom God has told us to take care of.  That is a system that will work because that is a system reliant on God and not on any political ideology. 
He who gives to the poor will not lack, But he who hides his eyes will have many curses.  Proverbs 28:27 NKJV

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