Skip to comments.Protect the Poor from the Religious Left and Government Programs
Posted on 11/23/2011 8:27:30 AM PST by billflax
In the run-up to the recent budget compromise, an assemblage of liberal Christians calling themselves the Circle of Protection huddled with President Obama to express concern for the poor. The group implored Congress to resist cutting social spending lest struggling Americans be burned by the fiery budget debates.
That particular round has ended, but the debate over biblical injunctions for the size and scope of government persists.
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These modern manifestations of the social gospel incorporate elements of socialism and an unwarranted adoration of government programs. The Religious Left and likeminded liberals promote compulsory government wealth redistribution as an outpouring of Christian faith, but there is little compassionate in coerced charity. The poor need protection from this well-intentioned foolishness.
As commentators on the First Epistle of John have highlighted, there are three hallmarks of Christian life: truth, love and righteousness. Truth reflects the character and will of God. Righteousness denotes living accordingly.
Love is how that should look. Living rightly, or justly, reflects individual morality, not collective egalitarianism.
Sadly, many liberal churches seldom discuss truth or require righteousness. Abundant research suggests too that conservatives more willingly volunteer charity than do liberals, who instead redefine love into "social justice."
But biblically, justice connotes conformance with God's statutes, not slipping into the shifting sands of partisan politics
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