“And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand.” (Mt 7:26 ESV)
I moved to Florida and in so doing, I realized I have risk of sinkholes from the type of sandy earth, flooding due to torrential rains and hurricanes. I risk hurricane and tornado winds. For all these risks I carry insurance and keep backup funds. I choose to buy and live here therefore I cover my risks. I do not ask, nor see any reason that taxpayers in other areas should pay for my risk which I have freely chosen.
We Baptists have a heritage of demanding separation of church and state. Yet, on February 13th, House members voted 354-72 for HR 592, the Federal Disaster Assistance Nonprofit Fairness Act of 2013. This bill is paying to repair and rebuild churches of all types after Sandy's destructive force. Now, many of us in our churches have had appeals for offerings to help our fellow Baptists with their churches after a disaster. A "freewill" offering to help our brethren is good. But, I oppose strongly my taxes being taken by force and used to support any religion, even other Baptists.
Governments sometimes use church halls as polling places and other things and I would assume pay rent for such use. If rent is not being paid, it should be. As a 'landlord' does he expect the renter to repair his building when it is damaged by an "act of God"? Certainly not! Yet, if this is not bad enough, our tax money has been rebuilding mosques all over the Muslim world for years! Makes you sick, does it not? I was so shocked that our tax money is repairing and rebuilding mosques, I did a "Snopes" online check to see if it was true. It is true!