Published on September 2, 2021 by Morgan Black  
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Sara Helms McCarty, professor of economics in Samford University’s Brock School of Business, has joined The Gospel Coalition (TGC) as a contributing writer for their Ask the Economist blog series. As part of the series, TGC receives letters from readers asking questions that combine faith and work. In her Sept. 1, 2021, contribution, McCarty responds to the question “Should charities take government funds?”.
In her response, McCarty acknowledges competing incentives for funding nonprofit organizations and suggests that it’s wise to weigh potential sources of funding and the associated tradeoffs. She then dives deep to address the benefits and problems with government funding, and the benefits and problems with private giving, all while backing her response with scripture.
She says, “In the end, remember that you don’t depend on the goodwill of government or individuals to meet your needs. It is God who feeds the sparrow (Matt. 6:26) and who owns the cattle on a thousand hills (Ps. 50:10). As you seek to do his will, he will provide the way.”
Founded by renowned pastor and author Tim Keller, The Gospel Coalition supports the church by providing resources that centered on the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Read “Should Charities Take Government Funds?” Here
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