Hello all! I was going to write a follow up post regarding what I wrote earlier, but my sister-in-law wrote a comment that was pretty much exactly what I was going to write! Here is her very poignant comment:
Scargosun, I have to say, yours is the comment I look for on all of these interesting topics! :) I am (proud to say) Sarah's sister-in-law, and though I have never commented before, I read her blog everyday!
Your comment about socialism and Jesus makes a lot of sense. I'm wondering if socialism is our culture's answer to the deficit that Jesus-followers have created by NOT following what Jesus says regarding the poor and needy: a 'pure and undefiled religion' is to care for the orphans and widows in their distress and to love our neighbors as ourselves. The Bible has given extensive information on how to specifically care for the poor and needy. What if those of us who claim to follow Jesus put His Word into practice faithfully? Would there be any 'poor' any longer? Would we even need any 'social services'? Or, maybe we would have these services, but they would be funded by us?! So- thank you for your comment(s) and fresh perspectives on topics that concern all Americans.
And Sarah, great post...you made some great points that I've never thought about before. Wish we were neighbors! I'd come over for a warm cup of coffee right now! Much Love!
P.S. As a former art teacher, I really am grateful too for government programs that fund the arts and keep art/music programs in our schools and communities.
I would like to add that I do think we need government, and in fact, I am thankful for government. I just want it to have it's proper place and not be inflated so much that we lose our liberties.