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Following Christ Is Not Being Pandered To By The Government

Posted on | April 27, 2012 | 9 Comments

by Smitty

Tim Stanley:

American liberals have a schizophrenic view of God. When it comes to lifestyle issues, they think church and state should be separate. But when it comes to welfare, federal largesse morphs into Christian duty.

I disagree with Stanley. American liberals view the state as a God-like parent.

As with any parent, everybody, Left or Right, wishes to rebel, and make demands:


Don't we all?
Of course, not everyone can have a pony–where would we pasture them? But the government systemically does equally absurd things, in the name of keeping the populace stuck in Peter Pan mode.

And that is the problem with anybody claiming to follow Christ and be in favor of the nanny state: if Christianity is keeping people on the milk and honey, and not graduating them to the meat and potatoes of life, then it is a false expression.

I Corinthians 3:1-2
And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ.
I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able.


9 Responses to “Following Christ Is Not Being Pandered To By The Government”

  1. Dr. P
    April 27th, 2012 @ 9:30 am

    I have liberal Christian friends who love to cite Bible verses about assisting the poor.  But it seems to me that those passages are about individuals giving from their own generous and grateful hearts.  Coercing someone else to give (through government programs) isn’t the same thing.  And to borrow from our children to pay for government programs now seems to be the opposite of 2 Corinthians 2:14: “After all, children should not have to save up for their parents, but parents for their children.”

  2. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    April 27th, 2012 @ 10:07 am

    It is virtuous to give to the poor on your own.  It is false virtue to compel your neighbor to do so in order to make you feel virtuous.  

    I still want that pony though!  

  3. Bella Lu
    April 27th, 2012 @ 10:24 am

    They like to quote Jesus, who never said anything about giving to the government so the government can give to the poor.  I don’t believe he ever advocated a middleman.  But since we’re quoting Jesus:  “The poor you will always have with you.”

  4. ThePaganTemple
    April 27th, 2012 @ 10:42 am

    Liberal Christians are full of shit. They don’t believe in a damn thing, they just send these people out with these talking points for the benefit of independents who might be churchgoers, or part timers. It’s their answer to the Christian right. They also support Obamacare, and Cap And Trade, illegal immigrant rights, even gun control. They’re nothing but the spiritual descendants of the same morons who imposed prohibition. And given the right circumstances, they’d do that again as well, with the usual bullshit that they just didn’t do it right the last time. And they’ll use the Bible to justify every damn bit of it. Then when Christmas comes around and somebody wants to put up a nativity Scene in a public park, or mention Christ in a school assembly prayer, etc., they’d be the first ones at the front of the crowd objecting, saying “but we shouldn’t impose “our” faith on others.

    One of these morons was on O’Reilly last night. Just once, why doesn’t somebody come right out and tell them they’re full of shit hypocrites and they’re about as Christian as the Ayatollah?

  5. SDN
    April 27th, 2012 @ 11:52 am

    Dr P, just ask them where they see the verse where Jesus thought charity consisted of sending out the legions to steal money at spearpoint and giving it out as publicly as possible in order to have power in this world.

    Then point out that the verses they point to mention private, secret charity as the best.

    I’ve been doing this for 10 years and no liberal has ever found the verse…

  6. Ray Stickler
    April 27th, 2012 @ 3:29 pm

    There is not a single instance in any of the gospels where Jesus Christ gave money to the poor. He fed them a few times, but never showered them with his or someone else’s money.
    As for the liberals using Christ when talking about the social gospel – how come they never ask “What Would Jesus Do” when they are talking about abortion?

  7. PaulLemmen
    April 27th, 2012 @ 3:35 pm

    Hmmm, nope, cannot find anywhere that Jesus told us to create a bloated government bureaucracy to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, care for the sick, widows and orphans for us instead of doing those things personally, to the extent of our ability. 

  8. PaulLemmen
    April 27th, 2012 @ 3:42 pm

    Because the people that are on the programs, sponsoring the programs, hosting the programs, etc. are all full of shit hypocrits too. Not a damn one of them would go out of their way to piss on a burning man. As faithless as all other deluded worshippers of themselves. This all originates from the inability to envision anything bigger than themselves, limiting the abilities of God to that of themselves, viewing God as no more powerful than they are.

  9. Bob Belvedere
    April 27th, 2012 @ 5:40 pm

    It is, indeed, a false virtue and it violates the teachings of God and The Christ because it prevents Free Will from being exercised.