Bill Maher recently went on another of his famous rants against Christianity, and he once again had too many red herrings and missed points to count.
See it for yourself (word choice is NSFW).
He somehow equates Christians who are douchebags to their waiters at restaurants to those who don’t think the government should be in charge of charitable work. Once again, as Joffre the Giant puts it, the atheists are playing a completely different, more petty game.
Of course, Maher is known for taking the worst of “Christians” and setting that as the standard for Christian behavior. He’s even been ripped by other atheists for making up claims about Christianity with his documentary, Religulous.
But that all misses the entire point that many Christians, at least those who ascribe to political conservatism, don’t want the government involved in high taxation and charitable work because they just suck at it and we can do better and we’ll actually enjoy doing it.
Honestly, we’ve seen the in the last few weeks what happens when the government tries to do nice things for poor people (Hint: It just screws them harder).
Or we could check out what happened in the 4th century AD when Julian, often called the last Pagan Roman Emperor, realized that the Christians were essentially stealing away the Roman citizenry with their charity.
“These impious Galileans (Christians) not only feed their own, but ours also; welcoming them with their agape, they attract them, as children are attracted with cakes… Whilst the pagan priests neglect the poor, the hated Galileans devote themselves to works of charity, and by a display of false compassion have established and given effect to their pernicious errors. Such practice is common among them, and causes contempt for our gods.”
What Maher doesn’t realize is that whenever Christians do something charitable, it’s to God’s glory and for our joy.
Call us selfish, but that means we want to do it.