We are writing in response to Jim King's Oct. 12 letter. We are also committed Christians. We agree with Mr. King that Jesus admonished us to show love and compassion. We have studied his word, but fail to find any instructions to take from the working producers, and give to the government so they can establish programs to enable their voting constituents to be completely dependent and non-productive.
Before these activities started, Jesus inspired the formation of many organizations we have supported for over 50 years such as Community Chest (now the United Way), The Salvation Army, Red Cross, (the "Cross" is significant) and, most especially, thousands of churches to carry out his teachings. None of these depend on the government for funding.
Now our government, the provider of entitlements, is expending a great amount of energy and resources to ensure Jesus and his teachings are not a part of anything they can control. We regret the fact that Barry Goldwater was not elected in 1964 when all this Roosevelt-initiated thinking was jump-started by Lyndon Baines Johnson. We hope this helps Mr. King understand our view on "How Jesus would vote."
Carol and Paul Besselievre