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Who Should Take Care Of The Poor - The Church, Or The Government?

Nov 14, 2017 by Will Maule

It is a perpetual conversation between Christians who vary in their political outlook: who should be taking care of the poor? Is this primarily a governmental responsibility, or should the Church be standing in the gap? 

"It’s pretty obvious that Jesus intends for the Church to be in the business of serving “the least of these,"" writes Jayson D. Bradley at Relevant. "But does that mean that He’s delegated that responsibility away from non-faith communities and governments?"

Surely the government has some responsibility to create a financial safety net for those who are poverty-stricken? "If we want to live in a “Christian nation” we’d spend more time advocating for charitable spending and combat the percentage of our national income that goes to trusting in horses and chariots (or in our case, drones and bombs)," Bradley continues. 

The challenge to Christians is: if you truly believe it is not the government's responsibility to take care of the poor, are you willing to give sacrificially to the Church, so that believers can minister to them and meet this need instead? 

"There’s no way for me to know the truth, but if a Christian truly believes it’s the Church’s job to care for the poor, I would hope that they’re giving sacrificially."

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