The federal leviathan will tolerate no competition, particularly when it comes to caring for the poor. When private charity has been eradicated, oligarchical collectivists’ trump card — “What about the poor?” — will seem to have merit. Combine this with Obama’s war on Christianity, and the following story should come as no surprise:
A Florida ministry that feeds the poor said a state agriculture department official told them they would not be allowed to receive USDA food unless they removed portraits of Christ, the Ten Commandments, a banner that read “Jesus is Lord” and stopping giving Bibles to the needy.
“They told us they could no longer allow us to have any religious information where the USDA food is going to be,” said Kay Daly, executive director of the Christian Service Center.
Take anything from Big Government, and you become doubly subject to its repressive dictates.
For the past 31 years, the Christian ministry has been providing food to the hungry in Lake City, Fla. without any problems. But all that changed when they said a state government worker showed up to negotiate a new contract.
“The (person) told us there was a slight change in the contract,” Daly told me. “They said we could no longer have religious information where the USDA food is being distributed. They told us we had to take that stuff down.” …
Daly and her staff sat in stunned disbelief as the government agents also informed them that the Christian Service Center could no longer pray or provide Bibles to those in need. The government contract also forbade any references to the ministry’s chapel.
This is particularly symbolic:
“We asked if we had to change the name of the organization but [they] said we could leave that,” Daly said. “But we had to take our religious stuff down.”
Christianity won’t be made illegal per se. It will only be hollowed out until it is nothing more than an empty word.
Daly said they were told they could continue distributing USDA food so long as it was somewhere else on the property – away from anything that could be considered religious.
In other words – the Christian Service Center had a choice: choose God or the government cheese.
So in a spirit of Christian love and fellowship, Daly politely told the government what they could do with their cheese.
“We decided to eliminate the USDA food and we’re going to trust God to provide,” she told me.
God helps those who help themselves — and each other.
Churches across Lake City have stepped up to the challenge – filling the void left when the government took away their cheese.
You’ve got to love a happy ending. Hopefully others will show equal character and not allow Big Government to lead them into temptation.