Saturday, June 25, 2011

The fallacy of big government provision...

I don't mean this post to be a political one endorsing a party or a candidate. With that said, there is the view today in our country that espouses a big government philosophy of caring for the poor. The view goes something like this: to be generous, the rich should taxed more and businesses should be taxed more in order to care for the poor. I believe this is ineffective and fallacious for the following reasons:

1). The Biblical call and thus an overarching Kingdom of God call for ministry to the poor is in the hands of the church.

2). Study American history- this never works, in fact the government handling care for the poor only keeps the lower class enslaved to handouts as there are no incentives to work, move forward, etc. (Read Olasky's "The Tragedy of American Compassion" or another book"When Helping Hurts")

3). The Bible is clear that all people, and thus all governments are sinful...therefore socialism will not truly work because God is not the center. Christian, don't call yourself a socialist and think you are honoring God or the poor...you are buying into an imaginary utopia...the only time anything remotely equal to "all sharing as any had needs" has truly worked is within the church...which is a God-centered, not man-driven system. Governments cannot save.

4). Big government control is centered in the atheistic philosophies of Marx, Lenin, etc.

5). Taxing people more and more is not the same as asking them to give freely...giving freely is what the Bible seems to speak of in helping the poor...


As a Christian, I am to honor government laws, including unfortunate high taxes. The Church needs to step up its efforts radically. I am not against government aid...I just don't think the answer is bigger government. Capitalism isn't the complete answer either...churches loving Jesus so much they that radically give according to the principles that Jesus outlines is. God is renewing all things and perhaps this will include human governments. We just must be aware that all things are broken and so entrusting care for the poor to a broken government is naive at best...

What must I do...give and give and give with a gospel mentality and seek to not simply give stuff, but to work for renewal and change until He comes...