I don’t think I’m particularly slow. I could, of course, be fooling myself. Plenty have people have told me over the years, “You’re not as clever as you think you are.” Perhaps they’re right. But as you watch this clip of Bryan Fischer (whose name is spelled a little faggy, if you ask me). At least one thing should jump out at you.
Jesus’ command to take care of the poor was not given to the government, it was give to us.
I’m going to go to dictionary.com and look up “government“. brb.
I’m a fair guy. Let’s give Bryan Fischer the benefit of the doubt and say that “government” is made up of something other than people. Like space rocks. Or fence posts. Something it would make sense for a government to be made of. Shag carpet, maybe. In that case, then, certainly the “government” shouldn’t be taking care of the poor. As something non-sentient, it’s doubtful they can even conceptualize “the poor” let alone abstract ways to help them. If this were true, Fischer would have a pretty air tight case: Jesus did NOT tell shag carpet to take care of the poor. I’d cede that point to Fischer.
However, if you go the by the accepted dictionary definition of “government” it pretty quickly tells you that Fischer is ideological asshat. A government made up of people would, indeed, fall under Jesus’ “command” to help the poor. Because “we, the people” form a government “of the people, by the people and for the people.”
Let’s take this another step further. Fischer and his xtian buddies love to claim that our “government” is sanctioned by God. We fall under God’s laws. Everything we do in the US MUST sync up with Jesus and his Ten Suggestions…er….Commandments.
Everything. For instance, Jesus commanded that no one be gay and that no one have an abortion. So, the laws of the US should clearly state that….wait…He didn’t really say that. But he did say, “help the poor”. And he did say a rich man wouldn’t get into Heaven.
How does Fischer support the government forcing women to have their daddy’s babies but call it “socialism” to take care of those same women when they fall below the poverty line?
Because he’s kind of slow.