Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Compassion by Gunpoint

Feed the babies
Who don't have enough to eat
Shoe the children
With no shoes on their feet
House the people
Livin' in the street
Oh, oh, there's a solution
--Steve Miller Band

Penn Jillette states it well. Pointing guns at people and forcing them to surrender wealth to help the poor is compulsion not compassion. Forced charity is an oxymoron.

Charity involves voluntarily helping people on one's own. This is true compassion.

When you stand accountable before God, it seems likely, as Jillette put it, that you'll "get no moral credit for forcing other people to do what you think is right."

Calling it compassion equates to rationalizing robbery. When you vote in favor of strong armed government agents to do your bidding, the voting booth becomes a lever of aggression.

And you become a principal of violence.

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