FAQ: Why do you not accept funding from government sources?
Here at the Morning Center we get this question a lot. It is true that we do not accept any government funds to run our operations and provide women with free prenatal care. We rely solely on the support of private donations from individuals, companies and foundations that are themselves privately funded.
Historically, God clearly placed the responsibility of caring for those in need as part of the role of the Church – both the individuals within the Church and as a corporate institution. 1 Timothy 5: 3&8 says: “Honor widows who are truly widows…But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.” These verses outline the requirements placed upon the church to care for widows. It is made clear in this passage that families are to care for their own as they are able, and when they are not able, the church is to step in and see that those who cannot care for themselves are helped. When the Church, the family of God, steps in to care for a woman without a husband, or without support of her family, it is evidence of obedience to God and an exercise of faith. This view is confirmed in James 1:27: “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction…”. Morning Center Board Member, R.C. Sproul Jr. explains how we are to understand and apply this verse in today’s American culture: “No one is more a widow than a woman being led by her husband/boyfriend/father to murder her baby, no one more an orphan than the unborn being put to death by its parents.”
In accordance with these Biblical mandates, the Church, since the time of Christ, has taken up the mantle of charity. Charity was and is the responsibility of the Church and the people in it. The money given to the Church by its members was intended not only for the needs of those within the Church, but to help the Church to help the poor and suffering.
Unfortunately, this is no longer the case in America. Journalist Roseann Salanitri describes the problem of our age: “While the directive of the church hasn’t changed, it no longer needs to support the fatherless, the strangers and the widows. The government now does that through a myriad of social/welfare programs – and takes more than 10% of our money in taxes to support these programs. To be fair, much of our tax money is spent properly on running the government as prescribed in our Constitution. But nowhere in the powers listed for government in our Constitution is the government given the authority to support our orphans, widows or strangers.”
To understand where we have gone astray in this regard, we need to understand what Ms. Salanitri just said. Both the Constitution and Scripture make it clear that charity is not the government’s responsibility. It belongs to the Church. The Church has abdicated her responsibility in this area, and the government has replaced her.
Some will say “Well, I agree that the church ideally would be the one offering help and support to these women, but why don’t you just work with what you have? The government is the new provider of services and charity, so you should just accept their help, funding, and resources.”
There are several reasons why we reject this notion. First, we believe that it is our responsibility as Christians to show love to these women in the name of Jesus. As Matthew 10:42 describes, it is our desire to give a cup of water in Jesus’ name. Showing love and grace through practical help is what the Morning Center is all about. This requires putting our money where our mouth is.
It is clear that government has done a poor job of exhibiting godly principles of charity. Since we are first and foremost a pro-life ministry, it would be hypocritical to accept funds from the government, who have shown themselves eager to support a culture of death by funding abortions and abortion providers. We desire to be a light in the cities we are serving, pointing to Christ, not government programs. It is our goal at Morning Center to show love to anyone who comes through our doors. As we do this, we point them to Christ and to the principles found in His Word, including those of hard work, sacrifice, and self-sufficiency.
We truly believe that the Morning Center is able to steward the funds we have been generously given more wisely and efficiently when few strings are attached. Our sister ministry, Samaritan Ministries, is a shining example of this principle. Christians helping other Christians directly cuts down on health care costs, not only because bureaucracy and profits are removed from the equation, but because of the power of prayer. The greatest thing our supporters can offer to the mothers and babies we serve is prayer. “Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.” (Colossians 4:2)
Because of the immensity of our mission field, we continue to see the need for increased funds from our brothers and sisters in Christ. If you believe in Christians helping those in need in our communities, we encourage you to prayerfully consider supporting projects to reform charity…projects like the Morning Center!
If just 26 Christians gave $20 dollars a month throughout one of our mother’s pregnancies, the costs for her and her baby’s care would be paid in full. We are delivering an average of 4-6 babies a month, and have multiple other expenses as well, so you can see the need for Christians to join together and get behind us! God has promised to honor you for your generosity to the widows and orphans we serve. “Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed.” (Prov. 19:17)
We are so thankful for our many diligent and faithful friends, and are eager to continue spreading the message of the importance of the Church showing love to “the least of these” in Christ’s name.