henry quirk wrote: ↑Sun Sep 20, 2020 8:20 pmmany christians do just that, through charity
these christians also resent gov takin' from them and givin' to those who may not deserve compassion or charity
to emulate Jesus is not synonymous with bein indiscriminate
anyway: what makes you think conservatives or right-wingers or trump are lacking in compassion or charity?
Private charity is insufficient in this secular age. Time was when monasteries, and local church communities, and families, saw to the rescue of the poor and sick. But the social world is too different now when most people don't live in extended families, or in small communities presided over by a religious welfare organisation.
To emulate Jesus is to make a well informed, wise, and ethical choice. So to emulate Jesus is not to be indiscriminate, quite the opposite.
Is it only the deserving poor who should get help? No. Jesus helped the woman adulterer. And Jesus told the parable about the labourers in the vinyard:
In Matthew 20:1–16, Jesus says that any "laborer" who accepts the invitation to the work in the vineyard no matter how late in the day, will receive an equal reward with those who have been faithful the longest. This is just like "From each according to their ability, to each according to their needs".