Many find it hard to understand many actions of our government (at all levels) these days. From a practical and human view point the article below (Charity Not Allowed Unless Okayed by Government) makes very little sense.
To begin, we have a budget crisis at all levels of government and with a sinking economy, many people need help. So why in the world would government go out of their way to STOP people from helping people? Doesn't make a lot of sense does it?
But as usual, when the ways of man are beyond reason - there is a source of understanding and wisdom that is readily available. This is of course the Scripture, which sadly seems to be ignored by far too many today.
Lets look at the government actions below in relation to the first few verses of Psalm 2-1:3 (KJV):
1: Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?
2: The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD , and against his anointed, saying,
3: Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.
In verse 1 this passage is referencing those who are not believers. In verse 2 and 3 this passage is pointing out that those who have worldly authority over us, will plot or work together to eliminate our Christian Heritage as God's Plan for civil government places restrictions on government that they do not like.
Lets look at the First Amendment to the Constitution of 1787:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
The "band" referenced in Verse 3 of Psalm 2 that our current government desires to break and put asunder is the First Amendment. Why if Christians freely followed the Scripture we would have a society based upon Fruit of The Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23):
22: But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
23: Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
The inverse is in Galatians 5:19-21
19: Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,
20: Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,
21: Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
This year the IRS has distributed new regulations which would restrict churches from providing benevolence to church members(more on this later). So the situations in the article below are not isolated cases. The Mayor of Boston recently tried to prevent a business from opening a store because the CEO of the company made statement that he supported the Biblical definition of marriage. Same situation in Miami and Chicago.
So do not discount what is in play in these situations. "The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together" to eliminate the Christian Heritage and Founding Principles of our country.
For those interested, reading the rest of Psalm 2 is informative.
Charity Not Allowed Unless Okayed by Government
One of the things America has long been known for is our charity towards others. Whenever there is a catastrophe anywhere in the world, U.S. based organizations and individuals are usually among the first to pitch in and help and to donate money to recovery.
Long before the American Revolution, most charity came from churches and Christians. They followed the example of Christ's compassion for others. Most of the charitable organizations for years were biblically based and this has been one of the things that have kept America strong.
However, one of the tenets of a socialistic government is that charity comes from the government. Socialism wants everyone to believe that the people owe their existence to the government and when they find themselves in need, the government is the one to turn to. Under socialism, all other charitable organizations are squashed. They even will do everything in their power to end private charity as well. Charity can only come from the government and there is no other option.
More and more I'm seeing signs of how our socialistic government under Comrade Obama is implementing the socialistic views of charity.
To start with, look at the case of Dana Crow-Smith of Phoenix, Arizona. The First Friday Festival was recently being held in downtown Phoenix. The temperature was reaching a 112ºF and that's not accounting for the radiant heat rising from the scorching pavement. Crow-Smith and several Christians purchased several cases of bottled water, went to the festival and started handing them out to people. After they would offer the water, they would try to witness to the person for Christ, but only after they offered the water.
Crow-Smith was approached by a city worker who said they were the Neighborhood Preservation inspector and said that she and her friends had to stop handing out the free water as they were violating city code because they didn't have a permit.
In another incident, a woman in the Philadelphia area tried to be charitable this summer by feeding some of the neighborhood kids in her driveway. Angela Prattis said that she felt it was something she could do for the neighborhood as a number of these kids were from low income families and often lacked nutritional meals. Prattis was informed that the city council deemed her charity to be an illegal lunch program because she didn't have a city permit. Initially, they fined her $600 per day from the day she started, but the public outcry was so overwhelming that they have granted her special permission to continue her feeding the neighborhood kids through Aug. 24, 2012. After that, she will have to apply for a permit which costs $1000 and there is no guarantee the city will grant one.
All this because she was doing something charitable out of the goodness of her heart for the under privileged kids in her neighborhood.
In yet another act of charity, Stanley Yaffe of Denver, Colorado placed a quarter in the expired parking meter in front of a stranger's car. A city vehicle control agent (meter maid) saw Yaffe and began to warn him that he was interfering with the collection of city revenue and that he could be arrested for committing such a crime.
These are only a few of the examples of how our government officials have become intolerant of charitable acts on the part of American citizens. It's also a sign of how far we, as a nation, have slid into the grips of socialism.
Over the past century, progressives and socialists have been quietly at work undermining America's Christian faith, values and charitable actions. They have been replacing them with faith in the government alone, immoral values and only the government can control charity ideas. But no administration has done more to speed up the process as that of Barack Obama and because of that I can't express how important it is to defeat him in November and send him packing. America can't survive four more years of him and it's up to us voters to make sure we don't have to try.
Read more: http://godfatherpolitics.com/6736/charity-not-allowed-unless-okayed-by-government/#ixzz24UYDPVwZ
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