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The statist mentality is repellent to true Christianity

When confronted with a charitable need, the statist reflexively supplicates the government: You must do something! he cries. But he himself does nothing because he feels no personal responsibility to do squat. Responsibilities are for others to shoulder, and the biggest shoulders he can think of are those of the government. The statist mentality seldom thinks past this point. He says, “This ought to be…” and then casts his eyes on the government like the Israelites looking at the brazen serpent on the pole.

The biblical viewpoint is more active and personal. If you see a need, you should do something about it. “Deal your bread to the hungry,” says Isaiah. The statist thinks he’s done his job if he votes for a man who promises to order his neighbor to do that in his stead. “I was stranger and you took me in,” says the Master, but the statist can’t think past taxing everybody else for an uninhabitable FEMA trailer.

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