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Charity, Welfare and Government

Charity is not an appropriate function of the government, no matter what any particular religion or theological authority claims. Charity is not part of the legislative duty of the government. (This was noted by James Madison in a 1794 speech in the House of Representatives.) Furthermore, elected officials use public benefits to win votes and create a circle of dependence.

Does the Bible call for redistribution of wealth?

There are two aspects to the version of economic justice envisioned by progressives:

  • Government should confiscate the resources of the wealthy.
  • People of faith can delegate their responsibilities of charity to the government.

Scripture supports neither of these ideas. Rather, we see the faithful voluntarily giving their resources to the church, and the church handling the matter of caring for the poor and less fortunate.

History does not support them either. Actually, history has shown that confiscating and redistributing wealth does not empower the people but does empower those in power.

Misused Scriptures

  • Luke 18:18-27: Jesus calls a wealthy young man to come and follow him. He commands the man, "Sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” The wealthy man walks away, saddened at the prospect of sacrificing his wealth. Jesus thus observes, "How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God! Indeed, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God."

The progressive says, "See? Jesus says if you wealthy you aren't going to heaven." The fact is that Jesus did not order this man to sell his possessions. This is much unlike the progressive who would impose a hefty income tax or confiscate wealth from those who had acquired it rightfully. This man can choose to divest his possessions and follow Jesus. But he doesn't want to. He cannot bear to part with his wealth, even to follow Jesus. This passage isn't about wealth but about materialism; it is the love of money and things that keep us from salvation.

Government and Healthcare

Get government out of healthcare altogether. Government wants people to be healthy only to continue to vote for it and fund it. If you are going to take more from "the system" than you will put it, government ultimately doesn't want you. Thus government will pay lip service to human rights but ultimately support abortion as well as euthanasia.

Marriage and government

Government cannot comprehend marriage. It can only comprehend legalisms. Thus government cannot define marriage. It can recognize civil union, but civil union is not the same thing as marriage. The government can permit people to enter into civil union regardless of whether not they are actually married in the spirit of the universe. Thus government should be concerned only with the legal arrangement (contract) between two people, not what they do within their relationship.

Morality of Taxes

A work in progress.

The opposition to using tax dollars to fund private schools is based on the fallacious thinking that the tax dollars rightfully belong to the government. We need to abolish that thinking. The government takes money (a.k.a. "taxes") from the people in order to fund public education. In a free-market system, the people would pay the schools themselves. The money that the government takes from the public to fund public education does not rightfully belong to the government. It belongs to the people from which it was taken. Those people have the moral right to determine how that money is spent, not the government.

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Government has only these interests in the healthcare of the governed:

  • Bribing the governed to ensure the votes of the governed;
  • Keeping the producers healthy enough to provide tax revenue to the government;
  • Terminating those who are net consumers of resources.

Given these facts, the free person should completely reject the participation of the government in his healthcare.

Responsible government

Responsible government:

  • Respects human life at all stages of development and regardless of the physical or intellectual capability of the individual.
  • Respects liberty and the privacy of the individual but reserves the right to intervene when the actions of one individual infringes the rights of others.
  • Respects social norms and does not engage in social engineering.
  • Respects and upholds the limits imposed on its power and reach.

The righteous purpose of government

The righteous purpose of government is to protect and preserve the peace and prosperity of its jurisdiction.

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