In today’s second “On the Square” article, James Kerian rejects Charity by the Sword , the contemporary version of the old and now universally rejected practice of “conversion by the sword.” The Christians who advocate it, and they include an ecumenical array of sources,
correctly point out that Scripture calls us to charity and then insist that Christians are bound by Scriptures call for charity to support various forms of government redistribution. Of course, the law cannot compel genuine charity any more than it can compel genuine faith. But it can compel acts of charity.
But it shouldn’t, he writes.