Reading today about the proposed cuts to the safety nets here in America including Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security, and the Affordable Care Act while increasing funding for our nation's war games, and I posted a question on my Facebook account.
Time and time again I hear from evangelical Christians how it is the duty of the country to protect us and the duty of the church to feed the poor, care for the elderly, and help virtually all of the marginalized. We could argue to infinity about the merits of the church doing its duty and why it has failed.
My thoughts tonight are along these lines: "What do people do who don't love the church but want to support the poor?" Or what do people do who want to help the marginalized but have issues with God or gods?"
Have we thought of the absurdity that only 'the church' should take care of the marginalized? What about the non-believers who are hoping our nation finds a pulse and declares that life matters? Yet 'church people' are saying only the church should be doing this?
Jesus declares that when you care of 'the least of these' meaning people along the margins, you love him. Yet, we as Jesus people have fallen into the idea that only the church (and perhaps some non-profits) should care for the marginalized
Anyone else think we have this messed up?