A Joining of Church and State That the Left Likes

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A Joining of Church and State That the Left Likes

pickpocketby baldilocks

From the Fed­er­al­ist, on Chris­t­ian char­ity and what it has become thanks to post­mod­ernism.

The Chris­t­ian creed of car­ing for the poor often morphs into a call for gov­ern­ment to take the reins from indus­try and pri­vate indi­vid­u­als to ensure proper care for the poor. In real­ity, this is an abdi­ca­tion of respon­si­bil­ity toward that very creed. In effect, it says, “Some­one else should do this.”

Obvi­ously, the Catholic Church and var­i­ous Chris­t­ian char­i­ties have done won­der­ful work in help­ing the poor, weak, and down­trod­den, as they should. How­ever, the com­mu­nist and social­ist ten­dency puts the admin­is­tra­tion of that care into the hands of an all-​powerful state bureau­cracy, which is not beholden to any higher set of prin­ci­ples or to God. It replaces the priest or the nun with a wage earner at a cubi­cle desk who is just try­ing to get through a 40-​hour week so he or she can catch the game on Sun­day morn­ing rather than cry­ing into a confessional.

Giv­ing into this temp­ta­tion marks a con­fu­sion in Chris­t­ian her­itage between soci­ety and the state. The two are not syn­ony­mous. Soci­ety exists wher­ever an aggre­gate of human­ity inter­acts in com­merce, cul­ture, shared val­ues, and social inter­ac­tion. Soci­ety is cre­ated out of human want and need, and is where indi­vid­u­als pur­sue those ends in a com­mon arena.

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It is easy to see why [state-​mandated char­ity] is so tempt­ing for Chris­tians and do-​gooders in gen­eral. Indi­vid­u­als often become frus­trated in the lim­i­ta­tions of indi­vid­ual or small-​group action, and they see the state as hav­ing the power to affect the entire pop­u­la­tion of a coun­try rather than just the few in their imme­di­ate area. And, of course, every­one believes he has the best inten­tions when embark­ing on his will to power.

In doing so, how­ever, such peo­ple fail to grasp the real­i­ties and com­plex­i­ties of human life; namely, that not every­one may agree with you. To use the appa­ra­tus of the state to tram­ple dis­sent­ing view­points can­not be seen as any­thing but immoral.

My favorite part of this phe­nom­e­non is when non-​Christians try to shame Chris­tians who are against government-​mandate char­ity using a Bible they don’t read as the shame-​cudgel.

And I don’t ascribe such altru­is­tic motives for government-​mandated char­ity. Its pro­po­nents’ true pur­pose is sim­ply to mul­ti­ply plain-​old graft opportunities.

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pickpocketby baldilocks

From the Federalist, on Christian charity and what it has become thanks to postmodernism.

The Christian creed of caring for the poor often morphs into a call for government to take the reins from industry and private individuals to ensure proper care for the poor. In reality, this is an abdication of responsibility toward that very creed. In effect, it says, “Someone else should do this.”

Obviously, the Catholic Church and various Christian charities have done wonderful work in helping the poor, weak, and downtrodden, as they should. However, the communist and socialist tendency puts the administration of that care into the hands of an all-powerful state bureaucracy, which is not beholden to any higher set of principles or to God. It replaces the priest or the nun with a wage earner at a cubicle desk who is just trying to get through a 40-hour week so he or she can catch the game on Sunday morning rather than crying into a confessional.

Giving into this temptation marks a confusion in Christian heritage between society and the state. The two are not synonymous. Society exists wherever an aggregate of humanity interacts in commerce, culture, shared values, and social interaction. Society is created out of human want and need, and is where individuals pursue those ends in a common arena.

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It is easy to see why [state-mandated charity] is so tempting for Christians and do-gooders in general. Individuals often become frustrated in the limitations of individual or small-group action, and they see the state as having the power to affect the entire population of a country rather than just the few in their immediate area. And, of course, everyone believes he has the best intentions when embarking on his will to power.

In doing so, however, such people fail to grasp the realities and complexities of human life; namely, that not everyone may agree with you. To use the apparatus of the state to trample dissenting viewpoints cannot be seen as anything but immoral.

My favorite part of this phenomenon is when non-Christians try to shame Christians who are against government-mandate charity using a Bible they don’t read as the shame-cudgel.

And I don’t ascribe such altruistic motives for government-mandated charity. Its proponents’ true purpose is simply to multiply plain-old graft opportunities.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2012. Her second novel will be done in 2016. Follow her on Twitter.

Please contribute to Juliette’s JOB:  Her new novel, her blog, her Internet to keep the latter going and COFFEE to keep her going!

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