Sunday, September 18, 2011
Christian charity or Socialism?
I am quoting from the Catholic Living Bible.
Have you read Romans 13:1
Obey the government, for God is the one who has put it there.
Then later Romans13:6-9
Pay your taxes too, for these same two reasons. For government workers need to be paid so they can keep on doing God's work, serving you. Pay everyone whatever he ought to have; pay your taxes and import duties gladly, obey those over you, and give honor and respect to all those to whom it is due. Pay all your debts except the debt of love for others - never finish paying that!
In case people think it's something I made up I looked to another version of the Bible, The New Testament of the HOly Bible confraternity version.
Obiedience . Let everyone be subject to the higher authorities, for there exists no authority except from God, and those who exist have been appointed by God.
For this is also why you pay tribute, for they are the ministers of God, serving unto this very end. Render to all men whatever is their due; tribute to whom tribute is due; taxes to whom taxes are due; fear to who fear is due;
Owe no man anything except to love one another; for he who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the Law. For "Thou shalt not commit adultery; thou shalt not kill; thou shalt not steal; thou shalt not covet"; and this saying Love thy neighbor as thyself."
It goes on in verse 10
Love does no evil to a neighbor. Love therefore is the fulfillment of the Law.
Republicans never seem to mention this part of their Christiana faith. It's like Christianity only exists when they are in the church pew and the doors are shut to the outside world.
So, how can Republicans, especially Tea Partiers justify thier oposition to taxation?
How can these people call paying taxation a form of socialism? How can Tea Party members deny help to others? "Love does no evil to a nieghbor." How does that translate to mean stop helping people out of work? How does that translate to do not help those who need medical help?
Basically, I can't figure out how people who call themselves Christians can also call themselves Tea Party members. The two philosophies seem diametrically opposed.