an adjunct to my bid to become "Most Hated Christian Blogger", I have
to say that I cannot take seriously teaching from anyone who writes that
minimizing one's taxes is somehow bad Christian stewardship, and
moneygrubbing to boot, because one does not want to pay MORE to the
government so that THEY may take care of the poor.
Founder, Jesus, nor his loudest mouth Paul pointed the bony finger of
indignation to either disciples OR Caesar demanding more taxation so
that Rome could at least provide more bread (though perhaps fewer
circuses) for the poor. Boy, howdy, the Holy Spirit sure missed a trick
there! No, Jesus and His gospel teaching make clear that caring for the
poor is my responsibility, and yours. A cup of cold water given in
Jesus' name refreshes the recipient, and gives glory to God. Feeding the
hungry, clothing the naked and such shows practically the love of
Christ in our obedience to His teaching, and our care for the needy. I
do not have to pay a government official to handle the paperwork when I
buy a homeless man a burger, or Widow Jones groceries for the week.
Jesus' commands (!) do not require bureaucracy, they require our love
and our obedience.
Here's an idea...re-read the Gospels again,
as though you never read them before. Forget the pre-conceived notions.
Forget the bad sermons, forget that Westboro Baptist exists. Forget all
the things that everyone says to poison you against hearing How Love
Works. Then try it.