As I was preparing to write my weekly article, I came across a brand new report: According to the USDA, a record 47.7 million Americans are now living in poverty. A few actual news outlets have reported the very real possibility that by the end of 2012, the numbers in the U.S. could surpass a mind-boggling 50 million Americans living in absolute poverty and collecting the $134.29 average monthly benefit per person instead of working. In fact, just two months before the presidential election, the media kept a lid on the fact that there were three times more food stamp recipients added to the economy than jobs.
Big government is not just a present threat; it is a growing mindset and worldview. It is important to understand this battle for power. Here is an excerpt from my book, ERADICATE, BLOTTING OUT GOD IN AMERICA:
Social Justice is a code phrase of the left that believes in a classless society and that all differences in wealth and property should be eliminated. It is a political movement that generally believes that people are born into an inflexible social order.
Religious liberals have invaded evangelical Christian churches with their version of social justice. They claim to back up their fight for poverty and world hunger by the use of selected Scriptures about helping the poor. Every individual Christian is responsible for obeying God’s Word and doing what we can to manage our resources to help those in need, and humanitarian efforts should coincide with the preaching of the gospel. Christians need to be the hands and feet of Jesus, but poverty and hunger will never completely be eradicated.
The poor you will always have with you, and you can help them any time you want. But you will not always have Me (Mark 14:7 NIV).
To liberals, social justice means a level of fairness as defined by them and enforced by the state. Their argument is that the church has not done a good job taking care of the poor – which is true – so the government must step in. The solution should never be government intervention. When government gets involved, who decides how to allocate money? This promotes an unholy alliance between the church and state. The apostle Paul wrote in 1 Timothy 5 that it is our responsibility to take care of “widows and orphans” and those who are unable to care for themselves.
Christians are to voluntarily tithe to the church and share their finances (distribute wealth) with the needy, not be forced by the government through taxes to unwillingly give to whoever the government says needs it the most (redistribute wealth). Can government be trusted to use the people’s money honestly?
If their definition of social justice is implemented and many poor people are fed, this meets their temporary physical need. With government involved, however, it would then be illegal for Christians to share the gospel with the poor to meet their spiritual need.
Life is not fair, but God is good. He is sovereign, all powerful; and He hates injustice. However, unfairness is inherent in the human condition. God is just; human beings typically are not. That’s where the church comes in. Jesus did not commission the Roman Government to help the poor, and He never advocated taxation on the wealthy to pay for the benefits of the less fortunate. The early church took care of the needs of the poor and also demonstrated how a system of heartfelt, voluntary distribution could work. The communal sharing of the early Christians in Acts chapter 2, for example, was virtually the opposite of the socio-economic Marxism some church leaders are calling for today.
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