The next time someone tells you that Christians spend too much time and effort on sexual issues, and not enough on alleviating poverty, show that person this article, writes Gina Dalfonzo on BreakPoint. (She is referencing Mark Oppenheimer in a Time.com article.) Here’s a guy, writing in a major magazine, who wants to strip “organizations [including churches] that dissent from settled public policy on matters of race or sexuality” of their tax-exempt status — even though he realizes that such organizations tend to take the lead in helping the poor:
“Defenders of tax exemptions and deductions argues that if we got rid of them charitable giving would drop. It surely would, although how much, we can’t say. But of course government revenue would go up, and that money could be used to, say, house the homeless and feed the hungry. We’d have fewer church soup kitchens — but countries that truly care about poverty don’t rely on churches to run soup kitchens.”
Don’t they? This one has for quite a long time, and yet this writer is willing to jeopardize those efforts without any guarantee that government will be able to fill the vacuum that would be created.
FOR MORE AT BREAKPOINT: Sexuality Trumps Charity.
(My church founded an orphanage in Uganda. My family, through my church, sponsors a 15-year-old girl in that orphanage. Is the U.S. government going to see that this girl has what she needs for living? Evil is my description for someone who would deprive others from desperately needed help because of politics.)