Here's Why the Government Should Take Care of the Poor

Liberals suddenly care what Jesus would do when it comes to tax policy

The secular left has suddenly embraced Jesus's supposed socialism to condemn the Republican tax plan. He's a convenient savior for them. They care about his tax policy, but choose to ignore all of scripture on abortion, marriage, homosexuality, and God creating us male and female. The reality is that the Bible's view of government aid to the poor is more nuanced than the left would like. To the extent they think the government is ordained by God to take care of the poor they have substituted government for God and think they can bring about heaven on earth.

God commands that we take care of the widows, orphans, poor, and refugees. But it is a command to us individually, not to a government. To the extent government reflects our values, government should do those things as well. To the extent government reflects our values, it should also support traditional marriage and a culture of life that does not fund Planned Parenthood. The left, however, ignores that.

So yes, a government that reflects our Godly values should take care of the poor. But the left has been telling us for years that we need a separation of church and state and Christians should note impose their morality through legislation. Only now they seem to want a Christ like tax policy (which, in reality, would probably be a flat 10% tax). It's because they don't really want a Christ like tax policy, they just want to beat up conservatives.

I'm a conservative, not a libertarian, because I believe in a government social safety net for those unable to help themselves through no fault of their own. But the left reads more into scriptures' commands than are there. There is no tax rate that is or is not sinful. The fact is by letting people keep more of their of their money, people are able to do more to help the poor themselves. Again, it is an individual obligation. You cannot offload this individual obligation to the government. So if you are outraged that you are going to start seeing more money in your paycheck you should give that money to the poor. This isn't hard. Actual, practicing Christians give more to charity than liberals because Christians understand this and preening liberals do not. Liberals want to raise taxes and let government take care of the poor. Christians know we cannot abdicate our responsibility to government.

One last point here that needs to be noted. Many of the leftwing "Christian" theologians who are condemning the GOP for lowering marginal tax rates as if it was a sin are aligning themselves with secular, atheists in Hollywood, the Planned Parenthood culture, etc. These people hate the God of these supposed Christians. That should tell them something, but it won't. It should, however, tell you and me a lot when they come sermonizing. They are perfectly happy to echo the world on taxes and never echo Christ on life, marriage, or values.

Although transforming charity toward people's basic needs in the U.S. from government-as-God to one of Godly individuals, giving freely without compulsion (2 Corinthians 9:6-7) would be quite the overhaul, I believe America's brand of charity will forever be cursed, if one looks to The Bible. Nowhere in Scripture does God ascribe a charitable function to government. Government, according to God, should be simply about Justice: punishing wrongdoers, both foreign and domestic. Charity is to come from the heart, as I'm sure it would have to greater and greater degrees in this country, given the expanding prosperity that comes with a free market, if Franklin Roosevelt had not purposely short-circuited it in order to secure his political party power unto eternity.
Consider this: would a perfect God be pleased with a system in which even ONE righteous person was forced to support even ONE unrighteous person? And we know in our welfare system there are MILLIONS of righteous people now supporting at least many thousands of welfare cheats.
God does not operate on the margins, or a more-likely-good-than-bad basis. His mandates are about perfection, or He did not make them.
Government welfare, because it will never judge the quality of its recipients the way an individual or a church body or a private Godly philanthropy could, will never have God's favor. And so, our system will continue to fail and bring more, not less, suffering to this country.

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OkieFarmGirl, I believe Erick"s talking point was not from a US Constitutional standpoint, but from a biblical world-view.

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Ooops. Hit the wrong key. It's not that complicated. Go back to the 10th Amendment and you will see that the states can do anything the voters want them to do. And the states are "government". That is the brilliance of the Constitution-----the voters can do anything they want to do, as long as they are careful about which branch of government they choose to do it. Keep the federal government severely restricted as to size, scope and power, with most authority left to the states, or to the People (my own definition of "conservative") and then let each state determine for itself what it will and will not do to help the poor, etc. As for the Bible, there isn't a word in it about collective salvation. Salvation is an individual act and each of us is responsible for our own. We don't get to claim salvation by giving away other peoples' money

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Two quotes of James Madison:

“I cannot undertake to lay my finger on that article of the Constitution which granted a right to Congress of expending, on objects of benevolence, the money of their constituents.”
― James Madison
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“Charity is no part of the legislative duty of the government.”
― James Madison

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Agree with most of Erick's post, but disagree that stealing money from people through taxes to redistribute to others is moral or proper. We all should care about taking care of those who, through no fault of their own, need support. But I think that support should fall to private charities funded by Christian, caring people voluntarily contributing instead of the heavy hand of government mandating that giving. The problem when government gets involved is that corruption soon follows.

By Erick's logic there is nothing the government should not do if it 'reflects our values.' This is terrible inconsistent with a Biblical world view. There are three institutions God created for the well-ordering of society; the church, the family, government. The care for the poor belong to the sphere of the church and family not government. The reason for this is that very often there are moral and spiritual issues at the root of poverty. As Wayne has noted above, it is not for the government to randomly redistribute the taxpayer's wealth to other citizens.

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I missed the part where Jesus rode into Rome and compelled Caesar to tax the rich and feed the poor. "Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver." I never give cheerfully to the national government. I never complain about my sales tax here in TN. Its 9.75 but we have no income tax. I will take that anytime. Our government funded charity has cost us $20T and bankrupted us for generations.

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