In "Medicaid, the Legislature and genetics" (Opinion, Feb. 6), David Irvine suggests that our legislators apply Christian principles. When one asks government to apply the teachings of Jesus, one shows a fundamental misunderstanding.
Jesus emphasized the actual doing of good works by individuals, not their receipt. If Irvine personally helps an individual in need, two people benefit. But if government does it instead of him, just one party benefits, and then without the love from individuals who personally sacrifice to help others.
Irvine quotes Jesus about individuals helping other individuals, but Jesus never suggested that his followers use government to do the job he taught them to do personally.