Christians are often accused of not believing in the separation of church and state. But in some cases, the accusers are right and Christians need to change their ways.
Here’s my torpedo of the week: Christians are commanded—it’s not optional—to love our neighbor as we already love ourselves (Mark 12:31). We are mandated to do for others, what we would like them to do for us (Luke 6:31). I do not understand those who profess to heed these commands, but then get in bed with the State to do alleged charity work.
Would you like the local Mosque taking your money, and then doing “charity” work to heighten their own profile? If not, then why in the heck would you take their money—and the money of atheists, agnostics, and others—to do what you call charity?
Family, wake up!
Also, as this article by Gary North points out, when the State chips in money it restricts your ability to minister explicitly in the Name of the King. I’m sorry, we don’t do such works to make ourselves look good, or merely to help people temporally. We do them to show allegiance to our King, to highlight God’s glory, and to transform recipients eternally. You can’t do that, if you’re prohibited from mentioning His Name!
“It is not charity. It is the welfare state: money coerced from the public, which is then used to make charities dependent on a flow of funds from the state. Then come the limitations on what the ministries can do with the money.“
The King does not need Caesar’s stolen cash to do His work, and you do not demonstrate love for your neighbor when you forcefully take your neighbor’s money (or use the State to plunder him), so you can supposedly do God’s work.
If you say, “but, we can’t do these things without more money,” then maybe you need to reevaluate how you and your fellow Christians spend what He gives you through your labors. Maybe you’re investing too much in your own pleasures and the American Dream, and not enough in the Kingdom of Christ.
Too many mere “converts,” not enough disciples. Even in our pulpits.