In the circles in which I run here in the blogosphere, my questions aren’t appreciated.
Its kinda frustrating, because I was under the impression that we’re a part of a conversation, one that questions traditional doctrines and is welcome to differing ideologies. However, the more I join the conversation, the more it appears that my views aren’t welcome. People have insinuated that I’m a racist, that I hate the poor, and that I’m, for lack of better words, a Kool Aid drinker because they believe I just take my parents or churches word for everything and that I don’t think for myself.
It makes me kinda angry in all honesty. Anyone that knows me knows that I am committed to helping the poor. They know that I am not a racist. And they know for sure that my views are not my parents or my churches. I’m often too critical of churches for Republichristian tendencies. Critical to the point of being mean. Its something I’m working on. But that’s beside the point. The point is, that I am viewed as an enemy because I don’t believe that socialism and welfare programs are the best way to raise poor people out of poverty. I don’t believe we need the government to bring the Kingdom of God on earth. I think it can be helpful, but at the same time it is dangerous. I dont’ believe that any governments should exert force over citizens for moral reasons, so long as those morals aren’t protecting the individual rights of citizens. That means its just as wrong for the government to have an unfair progressive income tax system that penalizes productivity as it is for the government to criminalize homosexuality or prostitution. Even if wealth redistribution through the government worked, I would still be against it because it is in essence, stealing. It doesn’t work though, and it discourages wealthy people from wanting to help the poor. Forcing people to care for the poor is not at all helping the poor. Hearts must be changed, and they can’t be changed through the government.
Anyway, can anyone explain why so many in the social justice movement in the evangelical church is so belligerent against anyone who disagrees on how to most effectively help the poor?