An article that a friend commented on Facebook:
This sounds suspiciously like peddling Jesus to get re-elected. Sounds like a Televangelist doesn’t it?
OK, I have various problems with Congressman Rangel’s views, besides that obvious one above.
1. Jesus’ stated instrument to carry out His will on earth, and to bring about His Kingdom is the Church. Period.
2. The Church, flawed as it may be because it’s made of people, is still the best thing going. It is far less corrupt (in general) than any Government out there.
3. The Government gets involved in “Entitlement” programs and turns it into “Redistribution of Wealth.” This arises out of a genuine desire to be “Fair” and to see “Justice” but the implementation gets flawed due to the inefficiency of “Charity on a Mass Scale” and the inherent corruptibility of unredeemed people. In the Church you have redeemed folks (mostly) who are supposed to be doing it because we love Jesus. In Government, if you have an arbitrary person deciding what’s “Fair” we call them either a Judge or a Tyrant. There is not much in between. Humans naturally become Tyrants in a hurry, especially when they get involved in bureaucracies where there is little accountability and large potential for gathering and abusing power.
4. Thus, “Charity” is best practiced in the Church, and on a local level, where needs can best be assessed and met.
5. There are those who still point out that during the “Great Depression” there were so many out of work that the Church was overwhelmed. This is true, but if you look carefully at photos, and study your history correctly, it was still Churches and Charitable Organizations who were operating “Soup Kitchens” and feeding everyone.
6. The “Government is responsible for saving everyone” mentality quickly becomes the idea that “We have to bail out companies when they get in trouble.” The correct answer to that is, of course, no – we don’t. If we let corporations get so big that they get top-heavy with excess bureaucracy and they suffer mis-management and fail, that is actually a good thing from Capitalism’s point of view! That IS the point of Capitalism in fact, to keep businesses lean and mean and quick to respond to changing market conditions!
I could go on, but I think I’ve covered enough of the “Basics.”