But, guess what? I recently learned an extrememly important point from Jim Wallis, a Christian writer and political activist, who wrote an article that pointed to scripture that emphatically confirms that the government does have a responsibility to take care of the poor as well.
Bible believers all agree that ALL money is God’s money and, that we as (individual Christian) stewards will be judged by how we handle those funds; but, according to Wallis, the government will also be held accountable. Wallis, who is best known as the founder and editor of Sojourners magazine and is the founder of the Washington, D.C.-based Christian community of the same name, states thus:
"There is hardly a more controversial political battle in America today than that around the role of government. The ideological sides have lined up, and the arguments rage about the size of government: how big, how small should it be? Some famously have said government should be shrunk so small that it "could be drowned in a bathtub."But I want to suggest that what size the government should be is the wrong question. A more useful discussion would be about the purposes of government and whether ours is fulfilling them. So let's look at what the Bible says.
The words of Paul in the 13th chapter of Romans are perhaps the most extensive teaching in the New Testament about the role and purposes of government. Paul says those purposes are twofold: to restrain evil by punishing evildoers and to serve peace and orderly conduct by rewarding good behavior. Civil authority is designed to be "God's servant for your good" (13:4). Today we might say "the common good" is to be the focus and goal of government.
So the purpose of government, according to Paul, is to protect and promote: protect from the evil and promote the good. We are even instructed to pay taxes for those purposes. So to disparage government per se — to see government as the central problem in society — is simply not a biblical position.
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