by Gary DeMar
The liberal folks at Sojourners have put together a Poverty and Justice Bible that’s being published by World Vision and Bible Society:
“The publishers of the Poverty and Justice Bible went looking and highlighted almost 3,000 verses in the scriptures to show that God has something to say about injustice and oppression. With bright orange highlighting, a quick glance is all you need to see that God cares about the poor — a lot.”
True enough, the Bible has a great deal to say about poverty and justice. Unfortunately for the folks who put this Bible together, there isn’t a single verse that says that civil governments should tax the prosperous so the money collected can be given to the poor.
The Bible does not support the idea of a welfare State. This is not to say that the Bible is indifferent to the poor. Not at all. It’s just that there is nothing to support the transfer of wealth through confiscatory taxing policies.
There are biblical gleaning laws, but gleaning required work, hard work:
“When you reap the harvest of your land, moreover, you shall not reap to the very corners of your field nor gather the gleaning of your harvest; you are to leave them for the needy and the alien. I am the Lord your God” (Lev. 23:22).
Private charity is the biblical model. The modern-day welfare State has made more poor people and made those who are poor even poorer, and this doesn’t say anything about what government anti-poverty programs have done to everybody else.
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