Resolving the moral tension

There is a moral tension [in our personal wealth and our equally personal obligation to the care for the poor] that must be resolved by the voluntary activity of the individual. It cannot be compelled by the external coercion of others. If God does not coerce virtue, then neither do his people. To remedy one evil with another is self-defeating. It not only runs counter to the character of God, but also robs people of God’s intended gift for their salvation: the free participation in his work through charity.

Employing Basil and Chrysostom as proof texts for a political platform is a misuse. Rather they are like the prophets, apostles, and Christ himself in exhorting us to virtuous action. Unless we wish to exacerbate the problems we seek to solve, we must somehow find our way to a charity that disdains compulsion as much as avarice.
From: , Should government coerce charity?.

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