Fairness and the Christian #2

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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…


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Ronald L. Dart

Ronald L. Dart

Ronald L. Dart (1934–2016) — People around the world have come to appreciate his easy style, non-combative approach to explaining the Bible, and the personal, almost one-on-one method of explaining what’s going on in the world in the light of the Bible. After retiring from teaching and church administration in 1995 he started Christian Educational Ministries and the Born to Win radio program.

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