...when that 'assistance' is at the expense of others taxpayers. The Word of God clearly condemns desiring something which us the property of someones else. When that thing that is desired is taken from its rightful owner, it amounts to stealing, which is also condemned. My point is simple. When we elect officials who promise to use (abuse) their elected authority to take from those who have and redistribute to those who covet what others have, we engage in sin against God. As Christians, does not personal integrity to the Word of God require that we refuse "free" handouts from the state? My last point is that in breaking God's commandment, we recognize the law of the state as having a higher authority than God's law, therefore making the State god. So another commandment is broken-- You shall have no other gods before me. As Christians, we of all people are to trust God as the sole provider of all blessings.