In my series on "Liberal Christians", I stated that the liberal position of wealth redistribution was one that could not be held by Christians because it is, in effect, legal theft - taking from one person and giving to another, by the government.
UK John challenged me on my thinking on the subject, and I have realized that I was wrong.
I still think it is legal theft. Mere government sanction does not make an action less theft any less than it made the rape of Bosniac women by Serbs less rape. However, my realization is not that wealth redistribution is any less a policy I should oppose, but as a government action it is not a Christian issue, per se. Why?
Simply put, the commands of Christ are commands for individuals, not governments. Thus, while a abortion is an act by an individual, and therefore merits consideration under Christianity, wealth redistribution in the form of taxation and welfare entitlements is the action of a government. The only Christian commands with reference to the government are to pay our taxes, obey authority when they do not contradict the commands of God, and to not fear when we are inevitably persecuted by governments.
Hence, governmental wealth redistribution can be a pro or con issue for Christians.
I still think it is crap, though.