I have just gotten over to the HarbourBlog and read .
Randy, the church-state reasoning is a good analysis of our differences. I am a strong
believer in the separation of church and state, so I’m with you on
that. And I definitely agree that Jesus and the early Christians were living a life which exemplified socialism. Believe it or not, I even agree that generosity should not be forced on people.
However, there are certain principals that I believe are morally
appropriate for all people regardless of our faith … and they include things like
caring for the poor, speaking up for the marginal voices, providing healthcare and education for all people. I score as a
relatively strong socialist because I believe it is the moral responsibility of us all to
give, especially if we’ve been given more. I want to live in a nation that values these same moral principles. And I want to strive for them both privately and corporately as a nation.
I also think that Capitalism, at least in its current form, exploits more people than it helps. It has led us, as a nation, to a place of moral and spiritual decay. It has become an idolatry that puts the “bottom line” at the top of our priorities. I definitely see an oxymoron in the description of our country as being both Christian and Capitalist. In part … because it has led to the same ill you describe … the capitalist-like behavior of the Church. Churches are making decisions that are more about the financial thrival or survival of the institution than about obedience to Christ.
I don’t know if it’s a “governmental” responsibility to provide these things, but I’m certain it’s a societal responsibility …
But here’s the really good news … even if you are 76% Capitalist … I still love you. 🙂