The Need for the Defense of Charity Act (pt. 3)

Imposing their values on the rest of us:  As we have seen, the Bible teaches that wealth comes from God.  God makes the sun to shine on the just and the unjust, all and everyone. As the apostle James writes:

Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a town and spend a year there, doing business and making money.”  Yet you do not even know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.  Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wishes, we will live and do this or that.”  As it is, you boast in your arrogance; all such boasting is evil.  Anyone, then, who knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, commits sin.  (James 4:13-17)

Therefore, God has every right to demand that we share that wealth, and both rich and poor benefit when God’s will is done.   It comes from God, it belongs to God while we have use of it, and all we have and are will return to God.  But that is not what Ayn Rand and her followers teach.  In June of 2011, they came into a Christian school under the name of “The 9/12 Project,” and set up a summer camp for children—-and in a Christian school!—-where they taught children that “”I work hard for what I have and I will share it with who I want to.”[1]  We know from Scripture that God calls this the sin of Sodom (see Isa. 1:10-17), but here they are, teaching the sin of Sodom to the children of Christian parents in a Christian school.  And now they have continued, opening up schools for blasphemy in two churches in Tampa alone.[2]  If they want to practice their sodomy among themselves, that’s one thing; but their agenda is to recruit our children, and they don’t even try to hide it!  And to do this, they are imposing their perverse values even in our churches.  They claim they are fighting government attempts to force them to be charitable; but really, it is they who are trying to force selfishness, greed, injustice and all the sins the prophets warned against on the rest of the nation, by perverting our laws and our churches alike.

This will bring God’s wrath down on America:  Do we want to be destroyed as was Sodom (Isa 1:9)?  The prophets of the LORD call to us with loud voices, or rather with one voice, the voice of God:  The nation that does injustice, that oppresses the poor, that piles up wealth while the weak go hungry, that nation will be destroyed (Isa. 1:23-24).  Ayn Rand’s disciples teach that “Government cannot force me to be charitable;” but it is in fact God that demands it.[3]  This is a Christian nation; why does a minority that follows the teachings of a godless Russian philosopher get to impose its will on us, and bring down all the disasters of God’s wrath?  Shouldn’t our laws reflect our Christian heritage?  Of course they should!   We Christians have fought and continue to fight to make sure that Christian teachings rule here, whether it be that marriage is between one man and one woman, or that life begins at conception, or that murderers should be executed by the state; how can we not also insist that God’s will be done in something that matters so much less, in money?  And yet, while money may mean so little, charity to the poor matters so much.  The Law demands that those who have give some of what they have to those who have not (Lev. 19:10, 23:22; see also Ex. 23:11, Deut. 24:19-22).  It does not say “make the rich poor too;” rather, it demands only that those who have leave what is basically their spare change, the leftovers from their fields, which they can do without but which the poor desperately need.  The Law of Moses also states that the rich shall not charge interest on loans to the poor (Ex. 22:25; see also Deut. 24:12).  And in Lev. 14:21, God lays down the rule that while the rich must pay tithes, the poor are to pay less.  Since at this time the priests ruled the land, those tithes were taxes on the people; and the taxes were higher or lower based on what an individual could afford.  So obviously, it is God’s will that the laws protect the weak, feed the hungry, cloth the naked (again, read the passage about returning a debtor’s cloak), and taxes and tithes are due according to what one can pay.  The government not only has a right to demand charity; it has a duty to do so, a duty to God, and if it fails in that duty it will be swept away like the rebellious rich of Samaria and Jerusalem.

So, to protect the nation from God’s just punishment, to prevent Randites from imposing their values and agenda on the rest of us, and to keep them from changing the meaning of Christian charity into something it is not, I call on our government to pass the Defense of Charity Act.  DOCA is the only thing that can stem the tide of ungodliness that has swept through our politics and our churches.  It is the only thing that can restrain the libertine individualism that threatens to destroy the social fabric of our nation.  And it is the only thing that can heal the breach between the super rich and the vast majority of the country, restoring us to the sort of patriotic community that our Founding Fathers hoped for and God requires.


[1] Marlene Sokol, “Tea Party Group Offers Summer Camp;” June 14, 2011, St. Petersburg Times (http://www.tampabay.com/news/education/k12/tea-party-group-offers-summer-camp/1175119); accessed Sept. 5, 2011

[2] Marlene Sokol, “Tea Party Organization Will Offer More Classes for Children;” August 31, 2011, St. Petersburg Times (http://www.tampabay.com/news/education/k12/tea-party-organization-will-offer-more-classes-for-children/1188952) accessed Sept. 5, 2011

[3] “Tea Party Group Offers Summer Camp”

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