Have you seen this story?
TIME author Erika Christakis asked readers Tuesday whether Paul Ryan’s budget is “un-Christian,” and whether Christians really should be voting for the Romney-Ryan ticket.
What does she mean? Christakis began (all subsequent emphasis added):
Americans often tell pollsters they yearn for a return to the Christian principles on which the U.S. was founded. If so, they should take a closer look at the Mitt Romney–Paul Ryan ticket. Jesus’ teachings regarding wealth are nowhere to be found in Ryan’s budget proposal.
As near as we can tell, Jesus would advocate a tax rate somewhere between 50% (in the vein of “If you have two coats, give one to the man who has none”) and 100% (if you want to get into heaven, be poor). Mostly, he suggested giving all your money up for the benefit of others. And Jesus made no distinction between the deserving and undeserving poor; his love and generosity applied to all.
This is why you should NEVER listen to a secular humanist for guidance about Christ or His Gospel. Jesus NEVER even suggested anything like this. He said if YOU have extra, YOU should give it to the needy — not give it to Caesar to distribute as Caesar sees fit. Furthermore, Christ did not tell people to give everything to the poor for the sake of the poor, He told them to give away their possessions to follow HIM. By giving away your worldly possessions, you are better able to do Christ’s work. This reporter has perverted what scripture actually teaches. In fact, if you look to Acts 5:3, we are clearly told that the material wealth God has allowed us to acquire is ours to do with as we will. If we are one of His children, we will want to share with the needy, but NOWHERE does scripture teach us to look to govt. to do so. That is a duty placed on every individual, not on all of society as a collective.
What this Time reporter is doing is exactly what all secular humanists accuse the faithful of doing: twisting Scripture to meet her agenda. Beware of people such as this, they are Satan’s messengers.