November 9, 2004
One of the indictments against Christians in the aftermath of last week's election is that they don't do enough for the poor and needy, focusing instead on abortion and same-sex "marriage."
Leaving aside for a moment the fact that the unborn are the poorest of all, what could they possibly mean by such an indictment?
Christian missionaries blanket the world, caring for bodies and souls.
Last week, I spoke at the Everett, Washington Gospel Mission, one of many such missions around the country that helps the poor, the drug-addicted and the homeless.
Nowhere is Christian charity more in evidence than at gospel missions.
Crisis pregnancy centers reach out to women of all financial backgrounds and drug assistance programs, such as teen challenge, regular minister in the inner city, as well as suburbs.
In fact, charity is a Christian value, emphasized repeatedly in scripture.
Not all poor people are poor because of circumstances beyond their control.
Some are poor because they make wrong decisions and refuse to change.
But let's not have any more of the slander that Christians don't care for the poor.
I'm Cal Thomas in Washington.
Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C. Watch his television show, After Hours with Cal Thomas, on the Fox News Channel, Saturdays at 11 p.m. Eastern Time.