Visit The Church of Stop Shopping for More of the Light
By Grant Lawrence
Lately, I have heard a lot of radio and TV preachers warn their flock that Americans are turning to Socialism. I have thought about it a bit and I just don't know why Christians should be against helping their fellow man and supporting a just society.
So I admit, often I miss the big picture. That is why I turn to experts for answers on subjects that are confusing to me.
In this case, I headed down to my local big box church to see if I could find a pastor to help clear up the issue on the dangers of a just society and social programs.
I entered the church but I must admit, it looked more like a retail store with nice carpet and some fine furnishings. I walked over to the office and I asked to see the head pastor of the church. I was told by the church secretaries that the Pastor is a mighty busy man with his TV, radio shows, and doing the Lord's work.
But surprisingly I was able to get a few moments of the Reverend's time. The Reverend came out with a big smile on his face and greeted me.
"Reverend Dollars," I said, "I am confused about a few things and I need some answers."
"Sure," he responded, "How can I be of service to you?"
"Well Reverend, I don't understand why it is bad for the government to help people?" I asked.
"Are you talking about Socialism?" he replied.
"I don't know Reverend. I don't know if it is Socialism, or if it is just helping people, or what. I am really confused about it all." I said.
"You are confused because I can tell you don't have a relationship with Jesus. You get right with Jesus and you will get the answers that you need. Jesus will get you straight. Then you won't need to know anything but the Lord and you will be happy," Reverend Dollars smiled.
"But Reverend, why do people go to church to listen to you when they have the Lord?" I asked.
"All right, I am going to try to help clear things up for you. Christians are against Socialism because they are for a free market. God in his infinite wisdom created a free market so that people could get rich and be free to fail. Now that means there is going to be a lot of poor people but that is fine with God because he wants all of us free. It is up to people to give to help the poor and no one should be forced into doing what is right," he said.