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  •  Not Necessarily... (3+ / 0-)
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    I'm pretty sure Caleb isn't a down-the-line political conservative like that. Granted, I don't know all his views intimately, but he's always been an independent thinker. I imagine he thinks it's a both/and, rather than an either/or.

    •  I shouldn't have particularized it to him - there (8+ / 0-)

      are though many politically conservative Christians who do think that feeding the hungry and clothing the naked is an imperative, but one addressed to individuals; the proper role of government is protection - making and keeping treaties, running courts, offering police protection and so on.

      I think there is room for persuasion by pointing out that with a change of scale a change of organization is needed. In the old days, there were no fire departments; there were ad hoc groups of neighbors doing their best. There were no sewage systems; there were outhouses at the back of the farmstead.

      Private charity may have done an adequate job of feeding the hungry and clothing the naked at one time (though it had other drawbacks I won't go into now). Now though the size of society is too great to leave it to individual and small group initiatives - too many folks fall through the cracks. Framing it as a need resulting from a change in size may reach some people who have a different notion of the role of government.

      Is it true? Is it kind? Is it necessary? . . . and respect the dignity of every human being.

      by Wee Mama on Fri Nov 22, 2013 at 05:17:08 AM PST

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    •  A very Franciscan perspective. (1+ / 0-)
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      it's a both/and
      That's why this agnostic is a big fan of Richard Rohr and "the shining word AND... helping us to live in the always imperfect  now." Thank you for sharing this here.

      When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.

      by CoyoteMarti on Fri Nov 22, 2013 at 03:26:21 PM PST

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