The discussion question on the Washington Post’s Faith page was thought provoking today.
Should Religious Charities Discriminate?
Dozens of major religious groups and denominations are urging Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. to renounce a Bush-era memo that allows faith-based charities that receive federal funding to discriminate in hiring.
Should religious charities that receive federal grant money be allowed to discriminate in hiring?
I thought long and hard about this question, and then read through some of the answers and stumbled upon this gem by Cal Thomas:
If they had refused federal help in the first place they would not be facing this predicament. When you get in bed with the lower kingdom you ultimately must forsake the higher kingdom and compromise your beliefs in order to satisfy the state. With shekels come shackles. Better not to have taken the money and “pray it in” as they used to say. Even in a struggling economy, God hasn’t declared Chapter 11. He will provide the resources for the work He wants done.
This answer reminds me of a verse in the Gospels.
“No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.”
I would say Mr. Thomas hit the nail on the head. I agree with him totally.