A pastor at the very liberal Baptist church that I was raised in just tried to equate Obamacare with Christian welfare with the proclamation that ‘Jesus was all about free healthcare’. This kind of politicizing of doctrine is one of many reasons that I do not regret my decision to leave protestantism, as I continue my conversion to Greek Orthodoxy. I’m so sick and tired of people trying to subvert Christian doctrine to advance and advocate their political agenda.
Insisting that I give my wealth or labor to the federal government is not helping the needy. It’s giving money to a corrupt global-scale corporation that’s manipulated by lobbyists. A lot of that money is siphoned toward bombs and drones that spread more death and suffering among the poor of the world– and yet the hubris of left wing Christians continues.
Here’s what I do when I want to help the needy: I give them a portion of my own income, I ask my friends to do the same; I donate to shelters, or work in soup kitchens. I build them houses. I offer material items or necessities that I can live without. That’s what Jesus wants us to do when he asks us to take care of each other.