Your Opinion: Errant reading of Bible scripture

Dear Editor:

I suppose I should be pleased when self-professed liberals like Dale Reichel start quoting Bible scripture. However, true to form, they interpret the Bible from their political viewpoint, rather than what the Bible actually says. Most liberals do not believe in the inerrancy of the Bible (i.e. the Bible has enough detail and consistency to interpret itself and is itself God’s Holy Word!). This is a liberal’s greatest mistake.

Reichel quoted verses from Acts 4: 32, 34, and 35, in his letter published July 26 in response to a previous letter by Steve Brown. Reichel’s interpretation of these verses, do not, by any stretch of his liberal imagination, call for the involvement of government in redistributing anything from one person to another.

God does call for each of us to love and care for other human beings, but He never commissions a government to have that responsibility. According to the Bible, Christians and the Church have that responsibility. Many Christians, as well as most compassionate non-believers, have been guilty in shifting our collective responsibilities to government, but that is wrong and not justified.

Jesus said, and Matthew recorded his words in Matthew 22:21 that we should “Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.” The care of fellow human beings is Christianity’s calling, not Caesar’s. All of our efforts are much better directed at helping each other, instead of continuing to promote the government’s role to do the compassionate work of God. That approach has never worked, it is not working now and it will not work in the future.

Go do something today for someone, instead of promoting some or several politicians who are only seeking god-like power over you and me via government. Our country needs God’s blessing in these times and we won’t get His blessing through any government or government program.

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