Est. May 2008

10 September, 2013

Just Say No

After thirty-one years of working with the government to provide food for needy families, the Christian Service Ministry has been told they have to stop being so Christian:
A USDA spokesperson told me that “under current law, organizations that receive USDA nutrition assistance can still engage in religious activities so long as the activity is not used to create a barrier to eligible individuals receiving food.”
That ‘me’ might be Kay Daly, the executive director of the Christian Service Center, although I think it’s Todd Starnes, the author of the article. 

And apparently, the USDA considers having pictures of Jesus and the Ten Commandments, offering Bibles, prayer, counseling, and other Christian support – even mentioning their chapel – creates ‘a barrier to eligible individuals receiving food’.  Now, if these folks are like any of the other Christian charitable groups we’ve read about, they’re not forcing their faith on anyone – it’s simply there – and any offers they make are hardly Talibanish ‘take-this-or-be-beheaded-infidel’ kinds of things.

What did these folks do, then?
So in a spirit of Christian love and fellowship, Daly politely told the government what they could do with their cheese.
And that’s what ya gotta do, folks.  I’ve written here before about what happens when Christian groups end up being ‘helped’ by the government – since the government has a financial stake in the Christian group, the government starts dictating terms of how that Christian group is to run their stuff.  The trick is to never let the government start ‘helping’; if it becomes necessary to receive government ‘help’, make bloody well sure it’s minimal assistance, so when (not if, but when) you have to tell the government, nicely, to pound sand, it’s not going to cripple you.

Oh, and how’s Christian Service Center faring?
Churches across Lake City have stepped up to the challenge – filling the void left when the government took away their cheese.
And why not?
…give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.” (Luke 6:38, ESV)

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