05 February 2012

Church and State

Obama, on the national day of prayer:
Speaking to more than 3,000 people at the annual breakfast, Obama said "faith and values" should play as much as role in tackling the nation's challenges as sound decision-making and smart policies.
He said, for example, that his own call for fairness in the tax code – a central tenet of his State of the Union address and his 2012 campaign – is both economically sound and consistent with the teachings of Jesus…
He also said the Wall Street reform he championed both "makes the economy stronger for everyone" and abides by God's command to "love thy neighbor as thyself" because it helped people who had been hurt or treated unfairly by financial institutions.
And Obama said he believed in a "biblical call" to care for the poor and to follow "the responsibility we're given in Proverbs to `Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute.'"
For some reason, I was under the impression that church and state were to be kept separate.  I wonder if I could get someone familiar with constitutional law to weigh in:


  1. And who gets the credit for heeding this Biblical call? Why, the government and its bureaucrats and politicians. When you sever the link between the charity and the accolades that feedback to the charity-givers, no wonder people are resentful about providing such things.

  2. @Chuck- Of course, Christians are to avoid doing charitable for the praise of men (cf. Matt. 6:1-4), so the point is null. I think government charity has the problem of crowd indifference. When you see someone suffering, you're more likely to assume the government will step in and take care of it (that's what taxes are for, after all) than to assume that you should jump in and help.