2.) No, Jesus didn’t say ‘create social welfare programs.’ He also didn’t say not to. He did not provide the architecture of entire governments, just a moral guideline for just action. Social welfare programs fit just fine in a Christian ethical scheme of politics. Vicari addresses no such arguments, though, and in fact goes on to argue in favor of taxation so long as it supports Israel: “As American Christians we have a part in the Abrahamic covenant too. God said in Genesis 12:3 that He would treat nations according to the way they treat Israel.” He also said however you treat the poor is how you treat Him. But while taxing to militarily support an entirely different country doesn’t violate Vicari’s sense of “government overreach” versus “Christian outreach” (after all, you could argue Christians should simply voluntarily pool their money and donate it to Israel), taxing to support the poor does violate that sensibility. Clearly she is not concerned with the ethics of taxing or the question of ‘big government’; she’s just a Republican with the same schizophrenia they all have when it comes to the size of government.