Friday, June 22, 2012

Responsibility for Generosity

Jesus' commands to charity are very real and serious, but are addressed to believers, and through His Apostles' letters, to church congregations as communities of believers. His commands bind believers and churches - as individuals and as communities. However generally beneficial being generous may be for humans generally (also as individuals), Jesus' commands are no justification for taking and giving away other people's money or freedoms. Inducing government to take non-believers' money and freedoms under the guise of obeying Jesus' commands to charity is theft and a cloaked shirking of personal responsibility.

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