Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Grace vs. Greed

Should churches be compensated for charity work?:
    FEMA Plans to Reimburse Faith Groups for Aid

    After weeks of prodding by Republican lawmakers and the American Red Cross, the Federal Emergency Management Agency said yesterday that it will use taxpayer money to reimburse churches and other religious organizations that have opened their doors to provide shelter, food and supplies to survivors of hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

    FEMA officials said it would mark the first time that the government has made large-scale payments to religious groups for helping to cope with a domestic natural disaster.
At least there are still a few voices of reason out there:
    "Volunteer labor is just that: volunteer," said the Rev. Robert E. Reccord, president of the Southern Baptist Convention's North American Mission Board. "We would never ask the government to pay for it."
You know the church is failing in its mission when it seeks taxpayer reimbursement for doing what churches are supposed to be doing.

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