Why did Obama sic the IRS Cincinnati National Non-Profit Investigation and Exemption Office after Conservative Non-Profits?
The problem didn’t start with the Tea Party. Churches, hospitals and education institutions spent decades lobbying for Federal funds from an all too willing government urged on by misguided social justice and political correctness. Now they find their very existence challenged. The people who conjure while Obama bloviates have total disdain for anything truly charitable or non-profit.
In 2009 the $30,000+/car “Cash for Clunkers” debacle, an Administration official heard a complaint from a Texas Jewish organization that relied on old automobile donations for sustenance. It was told, “Don’t sweat it – we’ll be caring for the needy from now on!” The 20th Century showed how that works – at the cost of tens of millions of innocent lives and untold misery!
Christianity’s institutions have a specific calling and a long demonstrated unique ability to exercise the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy. This is why these institutions are tax exempt. These institutions are closest to the problem, have capacity for love and perform at about 1/4th the cost:
*The Corporal Works of Mercy: To feed the hungry; give drink to the thirsty; clothe the naked; shelter the homeless; visit the sick; ransom the captive; bury the dead.
*The Spiritual Works of Mercy are: To instruct the ignorant; counsel the doubtful; admonish sinners; bear wrongs patiently; forgive offenses willingly; comfort the afflicted; pray for the living and the dead.
“Against such there is no law (nor subject to taxation).” Galatians 5:23. Why do “progressives” oppose or try to tax these noble human services? They are convinced that these ministrations are the purview of the government, complete with its weapons of divorce, euthanasia abortion, fines, invasion of privacy and regulation.
Dominating the Works of Mercy means dependency on government in a two class society of have’s and have not’s. The Spiritual Works contradict the “progressive” mindset that strives to be free of the constraints of conscience and all that implies.
This is only a small part of the widening spiritual warfare the Church and the Community are enduring. Schools – elementary to university are constantly undermined by unions and government agendas. These have led to costs exceeding the middle class’ ability to pay without putting their children into long term debt while the quality of education has plummeted.
Hospitals and doctors are squeezed both financially and morally. Demands are made to perform procedures only Nazi Dr. Mengela could relish. Long accepted treatments are banned or limited without physician consultation. Loss of funding is trumped by threatened loss of licensing! Charities are being constrained from adoption and welfare services and who they may employ or serve.
It is important we understand that Federal intervention costs 3 to 4 times as much as private services and creates a terrible national debt burden. Government has no capacity for love – tough or otherwise.
The political battlefield is best defined in two areas; the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy. The “progressive” goal is consolidation of power and control over institutions and the lives of people whose age, infirmity or disability may be “troublesome.” Their weapons are manipulation of money, taxation and regulations always by harassment, fines, lawsuits and loss of tax advantages for donors to church and non-profit ministries.
It may look like politics, but its really spiritual warfare, and we’ve been fighting it under the enemy’s rules of engagement. Smart enemy!
Jerry is a retired engineer with strong experience in environmental innovation which he still applies today with 2 clean water and energy saving technologies. His life avocation in writing and study of philosophical and biblical themes as they apply to the body politic's spiritual warfare. He survived stage 4 Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2006; now in excellent health. A graduate of the University of Illinois (1958, Industrial Engineering), Jerry had post graduate studies at both the University of San Francisco and the University of Santa Clara in California between 1961 and 1963 (Logic, Marketing). As co Founder and seminar presenter he was awarded a Ph.D. in Philosophy at Valley Christian University operating under California private-post secondary statutes for mid career student, VCU was the pioneer external degree school for mid career students. Its course structures were picked up by several well known Christian colleges. Hosted local broadcast radio and TV shows, "Religion on the Line" and "The News Firm" (jointly with wife, Joanne), respectively. Jerry has published several books that are available at Amazon. Jerry is available to speak as a visiting lecturer at the high school, college or community organization level. Jerry is married 55 years to Joanne Dean Todd – 3 children, 8 grandchildren.