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"Teacher, bid my government divide the inheritance with me."

By Diogenes (articles ) | Sep 09, 2005

And the multitude asked him: "What then shall we do?" And he answered them, "He who has two coats, lobby the government to set up a program for him who has none; and he who has food, let him do likewise."

Or words to that effect. Compare Luke 3:11.

Does a nation's government have a moral obligation to help people in other countries? You can argue the point. But Christians have a divine command to help the needy. If you shift the onus of responsibility from the Christian community-- the Church-- to the government, you don't increase the amount of money available for the poor; you just decrease the level of charity.

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  • Posted by: Fiducia - Sep. 09, 2005 4:20 PM ET USA

    Where was the RC Church ? Under 10 feet of water like everyone else ! Xavier University (the only black Catholic college in the U.S.) and dozens of Catholic schools have long offered better (and integrated) education and loving outreach to the poor and marginalized in New Orleans and environs. Learn your history and open your pocketbook.

  • Posted by: John J Plick - Sep. 09, 2005 3:12 PM ET USA

    It is interesting that you should bring such a point up in light of the Katrina disaster. The Founding Fathers believed in a limited federal government with most of the power resting at the local level. When we depend on a central secular government to rescue us after we ourselves have been irresponsible we give that government power over us that is inappropriate. Churches were the backbone of our local communities. In Louisiana the "counties" are known as Parishes. Where was the RC Church?

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