Pastor Douglas Wilson has a message for Christians who substitute leftist nostrums for Christian charity, prudence, justice, temperance and fortitude:
The government does not make, and in order to have, must therefore take. Here are the basic ways in which such a taking can happen. The government can wage war on other countries, and take from them. The government can raise taxes, and take that way. The government can debase the currency, and take that way. The government can run up a big debt which it finds itself unable to pay, and take that way. And of course, given the realities of the ongoing political circus, the government can stagger between these options, like a drunk trying to make it to the next lamp post...
... I would like to address a few words to those evangelicals who have been seduced by leftist economics, or who are in some way flirting with leftist economics. You may have cannonballed into the deep end, like Jim Wallis, or you may just be sidling sheepishly in that direction, with some cover provided by distributist literature. You think that the language of compassion is more biblical, and the idea of communitarian sharing makes you feel warm all over. You think that businessmen who know how to add and subtract are those who are in the grip of mammon-lust. You don’t like the hard lines of clear thinking, and the blinking sums on their calculators do nothing but harsh your mellow.
Do me a favor, and look at Detroit. Look at the failure of all the compassionate nostrums. Look at the collapse of real integrity. Look at the grasping and demented idiocy of the unions. Look at the abandonment of government’s true functions. Look at the wreckage of human lives. Look at the ruin of a once great city. Look at what aching greedlust does. Behold the handiwork of your compassion.
The Gospel is not a government program. Real Christian charity is directed at what people need, not what people want. In America, people don't need big government and very few people need government checks in the mail. People need God (Who is increasingly banned from our public square), intact families, real jobs, safe communities, and they need to keep much more of their hard-earned wages so they can care for their own families and can help others through private charity.
People don't need leftist public policy-- big government redistributionism-- which has been profoundly destructive of life in America. It has bred family destruction, greed, envy, corruption, and crime.
Detroit is leftism, which is a Christian heresy, incarnated as a city.