It’d be so easy to castigate Congressman Fincher for ignoring all that Bibly stuff about loving neighbors as selves and widows’ mites and so forth. But, of course, he’s not ignoring that all that. He’s asserting that Christianity demands that this kind of charity be willing and free and that a government program imposes itself between us and the responsibility we have to care for each other. Besides, the government only gives money to people who don’t deserve it.
On the other hand, Mr. Fincher seems to be ignoring that Mr. Jesus was perfectly content to pay taxes to his government, and not even with something so noble as free food for the poor in mind. For Mr. Jesus, it was just fine to let Rome steal from those in the country and give to the unruly foreign soldiers occupying the country.
Mr. Fincher also seems to have forgotten that Mr. Jesus grabbed those who were collecting the very willing donations of temple-goers by their neck-scruffs and tossed them, arse-over-heels, into the street.
The role of Christians might be a little more complicated than Mr. Fincher realizes. At least, it seems that hiding one’s transparently political position behind Christianity is the coward’s way out. Asserting that Christianity requires devotees to reject their government’s efforts to sustain its downtrodden and disenfranchised citizens is to blame Christianity for one’s failure to assist those efforts.
This non-Christian thinks this might be unfair to Christianity.