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Texas Officials Urge Trump to Act on FEMA Funding for Houses of Worship

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Texas officials have written to President Trump urging him to follow up on his tweeted endorsement of federal disaster relief for churches after Hurricane Harvey.

 

 

 

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Having the federal government help pay for rebuilding churches sounds good but it could be dangerous. After Abraham rescued Lot and the people of Sodom the king of Sodom offered him a reward and he refused it.

 

And the king of Sodom said to Abram, “Give me the persons, but take the goods for yourself.” But Abram said to the king of Sodom, “I have lifted my hand to the Lord, God Most High, Possessor of heaven and earth, that I would not take a thread or a sandal strap or anything that is yours, lest you should say, ‘I have made Abram rich.’ I will take nothing but what the young men have eaten, and the share of the men who went with me. Let Aner, Eshcol, and Mamre take their share.” (Genesis 14:21-24 ESV)

 

He refused for fear of how the king might use his acceptance. Churches should refuse to accept any help from the government because at some time in the future the government could use their acceptance as grounds for imposing restrictions on them.

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