Believe me; this is not an argument for reparations. I just thought that while some are talking about Politics, why not throw in some religion:
I looked down an email list to see who all was receiving it, and I felt safe in saying that most of the recipients are my Christian brothers and sisters, whose names I recognized. I knew also that there was at least one on this list who was not a professing believer in Christ. After reading their racist remarks and links to internet statistics on horrific black america (in complete hatred toward Obama and the thought of having to pay reparations), these are my thoughts. (The emails were only forwarded to me, so I didn’t respond to them personally.)
If you have ever considered yourselves rescued from something that so gripped you in a way that you could never have been released without God Himself coming after you, then I have a question about the good samaritan.
Do you think he knew the statistics? Had he piddled over the letter of the law rather than the Spirit of the law, do you think he would have stopped to help the hurting man? Was he acting out of guilt – or was he acting out of responsibility toward mankind in view of the Spirit of the Law, in view of his own poorness of spirit?
If we want a small government, dare say it is up to us to change things, the statistics, but also dare say that it would take compassion and a heaven’s worth of self-sacrifice to do it. Right or wrong, many will vote for Obama because he is compassionate.
If it’s missing in the people, then a leader has the responsibility to explore ways to initiate change. This is also what our missionaries do. If we take global statistics and apply any sort of you-made-your-bed-now-lie-in-it kind of thinking, then we negate The Great Commission, then we profess to believe what the great American Deist, Benjamin Franklin, believed and penned: “God helps those who help themselves.” What a false statement.
When I was suffering, before I believed, had God made me lie in the bed I made, I would already be dead. So when people (the whole of Africa) seem to have been born into a sick-bed, a bed they probably didn’t make, one from which they couldn’t rise if they even knew how, we as The Redeemed must take on compassion and let it filter, yes, even our political perspective, unless we realize after a brutal beating, that we were forgiven an un-payable debt and yet couldn’t lift a hint of compassion toward those who needed a small hand-out (Matthew 18).
The true injustice would be the white Christian making an argument that he had worked for everything that he has. The true injustice would be the white Christian pounding a fist for less government before sitting in his air conditioned house on a Sunday after church and a family lunch and grandma’s home-made apple pie. Small government doesn’t grant such blessings and neither does a large one.