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Bringing Mercy to Economic InequalityBy Evan Nehring
Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Jesus (Matthew 5:7)
I read a stunning definition of mercy tonight. It churns my insides.
Mercy is God's supply system for every need everywhere. Mercy is that kindness, compassion and tenderness which is a passion to suffer with, or participate in, another's ills or evils in order to relieve, heal and restore. ...It is to take another into one's heart just as he is and cherish and nourish him there. Mercy takes another's sins and evils and faults as its own, and frees the other by bearing them to God. Rex Andrews 
The question we need to answer is this: how do we organize our society to promote the greatest opportunity for mercy? For compassion? I submit to you that the answer is in the greatest freedom. Government agencies are not capable of mercy. You and I are capable of mercy. Yes, we are also capable of evil, but freedom has brought more good in the world and government control has brought more inequality.
The Rex Andrews mercy definition speaks of taking someone into your heart and cherishing him and nourishing him there. Writing checks to the government will not show mercy to the poor. Befriending hurting people is mercy.
This is borne out economically in countries all over the world and throughout history. The great tragedy of humanity is not the economic prosperity gap but the individual freedom gap. Where freedom abounds, the poor are served more greatly. Socialist models are collapsing across Europe and South America. Where greater economic freedom is given, greater prosperity accompanies and the poor are served.
We cannot outsource our compassion to the government. And the closer our safety net programs are to the people, the more the poor are served. Many federal programs would be less wasteful and more beneficial at the state level, many at the county level, many at the city/town level, and many through the private efforts of churches, charities and citizens.
Free markets have brought a prosperity to the United States and Canada that have overflowed to bless the world. Other countries have felt the blessing of free markets. But if the government is given the power to tax heavily and distribute benefits as a central planning agency, we have descended to the ills of socialism. As the government takes more of our money, we have fewer resources with which to show mercy. We have less impact as we care.
Chad Hovind in his book, Godonomics, speaks of how every political leader takes us closer to freedom or closer to slavery as a country. Reduction in personal wealth, whatever promises the government makes, removes personal freedom in the choices we can make for mercy. Economic inequality, like so many of our problems, will not be solved by making the government more powerful. It will be worsened.