The Church - now the whipping boy of the GOP?
Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., said, "There's $1.7 billion fraud in the food-stamp program. If the churches had done their job and followed Jesus' teachings, the government wouldn't have started all these programs and created all these problems."
Oh. So the church is to blame, now?
- First, Coburn is one member of the "churches" he talks about. The first paragraph of his Senate bio tells us he and his wife are members of Muskogee's New Community Church. He should thus frame his remarks in terms of "we" instead of "them." As in, "if we the church had done our job..."
- Churches probably don't give enough in either money or effort. But ask, for instance, who the real heroes of Katrina relief is and the suffering will tell you - it is the Church, not government.
- Churches would have a lot better chance of helping now if government hadn't created such an "entitlement" and "victimization" culture that they have. Helping the poor now with that mentality in the air is tough, as I can attest as a pastor.
- I would like to know what Coburn, as a private citizen and not a legislator, is doing to shoulder his part of the blame. And that is also a good question for each of us part of that greater Body, the Church.
- Fundamentally, I disagree with Coburn. If churches had been doing their job, government with its "Messiah" conplex would still have come smashing in to mess it up. It is never done good enough for Coburn and his crowd that more money and another layer of bureaucracy won't help. Check their latest budgets.
- And yet, I will not deny, churches need to do more. My church needs to do more. The Church Universal needs to do more. I need to do more.