Voters who lean on the Bible agree strongly on compassion to the poor and marginalized. They strongly disagree on whether the best solutions are private initiatives or government.
Can compassionate action be legally mandated? Is merciful intervention most effective from a government bureacracy? Perhaps this was in the mind of our founders when they guaranteed “the free exercise” of religion in the First Amendment. Good religion cares for widows, orphans and aliens.
Karl Zinsmeister has a challenging article on private philanthropy versus governmental social justice: “In our country, private giving is a kind of alternate system of social action. For centuries, right up to the present moment, it has protected groups and viewpoints and styles of behavior that may be out of sympathy or fashion. Those who would tamper with the independence of philanthropy put those valuable protections, and their beneficiaries, in danger.”