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Christian charity should increase is government programs are cut

Catholic World News - April 13, 2011

The prospect of major cuts in government spending poses a challenge to Christians, writes Samuel Gregg of the Acton Institute: "Because for the past 80 years, many Christians have simply assumed they should support large welfare states."

The traditions of Christianity actually point toward individual charity rather than government programs, Gregg notes. Cuts in government spending will give Christians a new opportunity to exercise that mission.

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  • Posted by: DrJazz - Apr. 14, 2011 7:42 AM ET USA

    Major cuts in government spending will give Christians a new opportunity to exercise the mission of individual charity ONLY if those cuts are accompanied by corresponding cuts in taxes. I can't give what I don't have (i.e., what the government has taken away), and I'm giving as much as I can already. What do you suppose the odds are that major cuts in government spending will be accompanied by major cuts in taxes? I'm not holding my breath.

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