Doesn’t the government have an obligation to help the poor? More important to what I am driving at is whether helping the poor is a Christian value. Well, of course it is, but how does the government figure into the picture?
In the last program, I talked about two opposing views of government: Collectivism and Individualism. The United States has never conformed to the extreme of either these positions, but has leaned more to the individualist position than to the collective.
Now, I can hear someone saying,
Wait, didn’t the first Christians live in a collectivist society? Well, yes and no. The question arises from the story in Acts 2 of the days following the day of Pentecost; when the Holy Spirit fell on the disciples in power, and they baptized 3000 people in one day. Here is the story…