He Who Pays the Piper Calls the Tune

Digby has a good post about how upset churches are to discover that, if they take federal funds, they have to abide by federal laws. It’s funny, because I remember when they first were talking about opening up more faith-based programs to federal money and my dad thought it was a terrible idea. I remember, because it upset members of his congregation. But it was exactly for this reason–when you take the government’s money, the government gets to tell you how you can spend it.

I feel like, if that seemed self-apparent to a small-town preacher, it should have been self-apparent to a lot of people who are acting hurt and surprised now. Call me cynical, but I think they thought they should just ride the government-money train for as long as possible, even knowing that it wouldn’t end in a way they liked.

And now here we are.

5 thoughts on “He Who Pays the Piper Calls the Tune

  1. I’m a faithful member of a Christian congregation here in Nashville, but churches have become a little too accustomed to participating in the pursuit for political power. The church ideally ought to remain outside government and politics, because, in all the history of religion, the entanglement of church and state has never made the church a better institution.

  2. Whenever I have this argument with my conservative relatives, they basically think, well, it’s ok because it’s CHRISTIANS doing it, and Christianity is like a vitamin, basically; it’s good for everyone! And then of course they are, how DARE the government ever try to tell us what to do, ANTICHRIST OMG OPPRESSION.

    Which is why I don’t have this discussion anymore.

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