I recently wrote on social injustice reflecting on what some churches promote. I believe their intentions are good, but question the result. I also received some comments that these churches think the government has to do the entitlement stuff because the people in their churches do not give enough money to do it.
If I were in a member of a church that is in to social justice, and re-distribution of wealth I could have several reactions. First, I would be convinced that the government has a all the responsibility for helping people and that it can and should be done by them. Second, I would believe that the taxes I pay are for this purpose and therefore I do not need to give much to my church. Lastly, I would be convinced that only the wealthy are responsible for helping people as they pay the most in taxes. I would also quickly buy in to the idea that only the wealthy are greedy and that I am not because I am not wealthy.
So, I would put $1 in the offering plate and feel good about it. Is that the desired result? Shouldn’t I be taught about greed also? “Feel good” ministries may bring in lots of people, but are they teaching people to be unselfish? Many think that is our main social problem today in Wall Street, big business, government and everywhere. I think the best place to teach these values is in church. Are they?