To My Christian Friends, On Entitlements

This isn’t a long post, just a short rant that I need to get out.

If you are a Christian, then I hope that you feel a twinge of unease every time you hear the partisan pejorative, Entitlements. There is no greater entitlement program in history than the one symbolized by the decorative cross that is hanging in your home. I’ve recently come across some articles about a particular kind of entitlement reform, written by “conservatives”, arguing to eliminate the funding that provides meals to indigent children through their schools because of the lack of evidence that being fed leads to better academic outcomes. Is this really the kind of society we want to live in, where feeding hungry children at the most logical place of distribution isn’t simply our moral obligation as the wealthiest nation in human history?

This is only one example of a wider disconnect that has been a theme in the United States for decades. Our espoused Christian values along with the lack of support for programs that help the people the Bible tells us to help should clang the bells of cognitive dissonance. Don’t fool yourself into thinking that Jesus was some kind of gun-toting, small government, hyper-nationalist “conservative” patriot. He was none of those things. I would genuinely like to hear a real theological argument in support of the elimination social safety net and other government programs. If you have one, send me an email or leave a comment.

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