This is a topic that separates many Christians so much so that many have left churches and even the faith all together because of how this topic is handled. Jesus said to give to the poor but evangelical Christians don’t want government social programs. This seems to be in direct contradiction of scripture! Is this an instance where the Christian only follows certain teachings but not others?
What The Atlantic and other news organizations fail to do is look into why Christians don’t want government subsidies to the poor. More to the point, Christians do not want the government to control subsidies to the poor.
I have never met a Christian that said that compassion is something that we shouldn’t do. In fact, often times, Christians are judged for not being compassionate enough (probably who other topic, but let’s move on). The thing that makes compassion so powerful is that it’s a choice and it’s voluntary. The two words are strikingly similar and even related, but refer to two different ideas.