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April 18, 2017

The Reconnect 4-18-17 | Tax Day | Marvin Olasky on the welfare state

If someone were to look at your tax return, what would they learn about where your heart is? And if you’re quick to respond that your tax returns are a private matter that will never see the light of day, well, then it’s time to remind ourselves that everything done in secret will one day be brought to the light.

In the heart of every Christian is the Christ-compassion that desires to care for others. The Bible affirms that true religion is to take care of widows and orphans in their distress. But the major distribution model of services today is the welfare state through which the government redistributes wealth (through taxes) to those in society who are considered needy. We explore the question if the federal budget shrinks, could religious organizations return to being a primary service to the poor and needy? What would it take to make that change?

Marvin Olasky is editor in chief of WORLD News Group and author of more than 20 books, including The Tragedy of American Compassion


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