Archbishop of Canterbury Wants Government to ‘Put Church-Run Food Banks Out of Business’

Sep 14, 2018 by

by Tyler O’Neil, PJ Media:

On Wednesday, the Archbishop of Canterbury, who leads the Church of England and is the symbolic head of the global Anglican Church, said he “dreamed” of a time when governments would replace church charities. This arguably represents a weird trusting of the state over the charitable efforts of followers of Jesus Christ.

“Today I dream that governments, now and in the future, put church-run food banks out of business. I dream of empty night shelters,” Justin Welby said in a speech celebrating the 150th anniversary of England’s Trades Union Congress (TUC), a national labor union.

As if to underscore his point, the archbishop posted a short video of these exact remarks on Facebook, with the post title “Let’s put food banks out of business.” Justin Welby also wrote, “Today I said let’s put church-run food banks and night-shelters out of business.”

From its inception, Christianity has championed private charity and generally looked with suspicion upon government replacements of personal efforts. Jesus did not put forth a political program. Instead, He urged His followers to help the poor and needy on their own, rather than enlisting the power of the state to do so.

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Kevin Kallsen and Gavin Ashenden have something to say on this issue in the latest episode of Anglican Unscripted.



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