A friend has lately been asking my opinion of the conservative Christian belief that government has no obligation to help the poor, and actually should not. These hypocrites will tell you that a government which tries to do good to its people is evil. But that the many evils of our nation are what makes her great.
I disagree a vehement one hundred percent.
These persons merely try to justify being Christian while supporting Republicans. I find the two irreconcilable.
Anyway, it inspired a parable. Maybe I'll use it in one of my books someday.
There was a king who had reached the end of his life. He had three sons and was prepared to pass on the crown. His favorite son was the youngest, but being so, he could not inherit the throne before his older brothers, who were twins.
The king took his youngest son aside one afternoon and said: "Since you can't inherit the throne, I'll let you decide which of your brothers does."
The one brother esteemed all people equally, and was kindly disposed toward everyone. He embraced his neighbor as himself, and sought to do good for all.
The other brother delighted in being a prince, and believed the kingdom existed only to serve him. He hated the poor, and treated them with contemptuous spit. Furthermore, when he went among the people, if he saw someone offer food to one who was hungry, he'd knock it out of their hands and grind it in the ground. If someone tried to build a homeless man a house, he'd burn it to down, and if someone were injured or ill he thought nothing of letting them suffer and die.
If the younger brother truly dwelled in Christ, which older brother would he choose to rule the kingdom?