The commands of government are enforced through the power of the state. The state can take your money and do what they think is best. The perpetually re-elected tell us constantly that they will bring the bacon home. When I ran for public office my favorite thing to tell voters was that, “I’m not running to bring the bacon home I’m running to leave the hog with the farmer that raised it.” This was and is my belief of how it should be it was not however what you could call a winning slogan.
Looking again at commands we all know we must follow the commands of the government since they have an exclusive right to the use of force and they have shown over and over they are not slow to use it. However, as far as me and my house we will follow the Lord and he has given us the two most important commands of all, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
To my mind and my spirit that says it all. If we love our neighbor as we love ourselves we will show all the compassion needed and we won’t need any bureaucrat to command us to do so.
For over twenty years my wife and I were the pastors of churches and leaders of ministries. Everywhere we ministered we founded programs to feed and clothe those who needed assistance. These ministries through the work of volunteers and the donations of private citizens fed and clothed thousands all without ever taking a dime of government money.
Back in the dream time when I was young in the ministry I helped start a feeding ministry. We fed so many needy people with groceries and had so many coming for hot meals it was astounding. We did no means testing. We fed everyone who came to the door all with volunteers and private donations.
Then came the Reagan food giveaway program and everything changed. If you don’t remember this it was a program started in 1983 by the Reagan administration. They opened the government warehouses and began giving away vast amounts…
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